The NHL Western Conference Finals is set, and I for one could not be any more excited. The Colorado Avalanche v. Edmonton Oilers is set to be an absolute fireworks show every night they play. Let's meet the contenders.
For the first time in his already decorated career, Connor McDavid has his Edmonton Oilers in the WCF. McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are tied for an NHL playoff best 26 points heading into the series. Evander Kane with his 9 goals has the most in this year's playoffs, and Zach Hyman's 8 goals are tied for third best. Goaltender Mike Smith is rocking a 2.70 GAA and a .927 SV %. The Oilers survived a tough 7 game series with the Kings in the opening round, and bested the Calgary Flames in 5 in what was a very high scoring/chippy series. It goes without saying that Colorado is going to have their hands full coming up. Here's a quick preview of what they have to look forward to.
Those highlights honestly just have me speechless. That much skill and talent in one player is just simply unfair. I guess they call him McJesus for a reason.
On the other side we have the likes of Nathan MacKinnon, Landeskog, Rantanen, and Cale Makar among others. A fully loaded, well constructed roster from top to bottom. Makar and MacKinnon are tied for a team leading 13 points thus far this postseason. MacKinnon has a team leading 8 goals, and goaltender Darcy Kuemper has a 2.44 GAA with a .904 SV %. The Aves swept the Nashville Predators in the opening round, and put the St. Louis Blues away in game 6 last night after a gritty comeback behind unexpected stars in J.T. Compher and Darren Helm. Compher's 2 goals each tied up the game at the times they were scored, and Helm's goal with 5.6 seconds left in the game sealed the Blues fate.
Just as the Aves will have their hands full with McDavid and the Oilers, the Oilers will have theirs full of this.
Game 5 hatty, no big deal.
Oh yeah that Cale Makar kid is pretty good too.
Game 1 kicks off Tuesday night in Colorado and it honestly won't come fast enough. As for the gambling side of things Colorado is a -178 favorite in the opening game in Colorado, with the O/U sitting at an even 7. I'm looking at Oilers +146 as of now just because these games can truly go either way on any given night and I'll take the better bang for my buck. Something to keep in mind when this series shifts to Edmonton is the fact that Colorado has yet to lose on the road these playoffs. Overall Colorado is a -220 favorite to win the series. If you believe in Edmonton, there is plenty of money to made across the board in this series. As for me, I'm ready to just sit back and enjoy the show. Let the clash of these titans commence!