Colorado Avalanche Odds
The Colorado Avalanche exploded for five goals in the first 15-plus minutes of Game 5 to stave off elimination on Monday. They’ll need another win on Wednesday when they play Game 6 of their best-of-seven Western Conference second-round series against the Dallas Stars in Edmonton.
The Avalanche scored five times in the first of Monday’s 6-3 victory to set a franchise playoff record for most goals in a period. Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon scored during the first-period onslaught to extend his point streak to 13 games (eight goals, 15 assists).
His point streak to begin the postseason is the fourth longest in NHL history behind Hall of Famers Bryan Trottier (18 games, 1981), Mark Messier (14, 1988) and Bobby Orr (14, 1970).
Dallas Stars Odds
The Dallas Stars will take another crack at punching their ticket to the Western Conference finals on Wednesday when they play Game 6 of their second-round series versus the Colorado Avalanche in Edmonton. A five-goal first period essentially shot down the Stars in a 6-3 setback on Monday, a result that trimmed their lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
Miro Heiskanen scored late in the second period and set up captain Jamie Benn’s goal in the third to extend his point streak to six games (one goal, seven assists), a run that ties the longest among defensemen in franchise history. Benn’s tally extend his goal streak to three games and point streak to five contests (three goals, five assists).
Avalanche vs. Stars Game 6 Betting Prediction
MacKinnon isn’t a one-man show for Colorado, which also boasts Nazem Kadri (team high-tying eight goals) and Mikko Rantanen (club-best 12 assists). The Avalanche have enough in their offensive arsenal to take advantage of a dicey goaltending situation in Dallas and force Game 7 in this series.
Avalanche vs. Stars Game 6 Betting Prediction: Avalanche (-124) vs. Stars (+107)
Avalanche 5, Stars 3
Avalanche vs. Stars Game 6 Best Bet
Each of Colorado’s last eight games have gone over the total goals line, so it stands to reason to back the Avalanche’s high-octane offense on Wednesday. The Avalanche have scored 16 goals in their last three games overall and likely won’t be shy when facing elimination for the second consecutive contest.
Avalanche vs. Stars Game 6 Best Bet: Over 6 (-115) on total goals