Only two teams have defeated Chicago in regulation time this season, and both have accomplished this impressive result just one week ago. Colorado has the chance to build on that morale boosting victory and level the score in a series that Edmonton leads by two wins to one.
Match: Colorado vs Edmonton
Odds: Unibet 2.25
The men’s curling championship has disrupted the Oilers routine, as the team was forced to play a long streak of games played away from home. Their goal was to accumulate nine points on the road but so far Edmonton only earned six and will return home after facing Colorado. Winning in Chicago was a huge surprise but the Oilers can’t afford to dwell on that victory, but focus on improving their shaky defense.
The Blackhawks scored five goals and goalkeeper Devan Dubnyk suffered an injury that might keep him away from the ice. Ralph Krueger would stick to Devan even if he doesn’t play at full potential rather than send backup goalie Yann Danis in from the first minute. The Avalanche are playing a very aggressive hokey at home and they are particularly effective against those teams who can’t deflect a bombardment of shots on goal. Parenteau and Duchene are the two players that the hosts are counting on offensively, as they are leading in the points and assists category, and have scored most of Colorado’s goals in March.
This has always been a highly contested series and the team who had home ice advantage prevailed every single time. The victory over Chicago doesn’t turn the Oilers into a solid team overnight, but reveals their lack of effectiveness in preventing opponents from scoring. Odds of 2.25 with Unibet are more then punters would’ve hoped for, and should provide the impetus needed for backing Colorado at full stakes.