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The Western Conference Finals will resume on Saturday night when the visiting Colorado Avalanche clash with the Edmonton Oilers. Coverage on TNT will begin at 8 p.m. ET from Rogers Place.

The host Avalanche shut out the Oilers 4-0 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 series advantage. Avalanche backup goalie Pavel Francouz recorded 24 stops in the shutout effort. The high powered trio of Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Evander Kane only mustered seven total shots vs. the Avalanche. Artturi Lehkonen and Josh Manson each had a goal within 15 seconds in the second period after the game was scoreless after the first frame. Mikko Rantanen contributed a goal on the third assist of the period from Nazem Kadri. Nathan MacKinnon scored the last goal late in the third period. 

Updated on 04/21/2024
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Kadri’s three assists tied a franchise record for a period that was initially set by Quebec’s Risto Siltanen in 1987 and matched in 1996 by Joe Sakic, according to The Associated Press. The Avalanche’s two goals over a 15-second span was the fifth-quickest in a postseason game in the franchise’s history, according to NHL Stats. 

The Avalanche have a 15-4 record in best-of-seven series’ when ahead 2-0, according to the Associated Press. 

Francouz was in the net in place of starter Darcy Kuemper, who exited Game 1 with an upper-body injury. The reserve rose to the occasion throughout the night, most notably on a crafty save from out of his crease on a liner from Cody Ceci

The Oilers snuffed out a 5-on-3 advantage by the Avalanche in the first period. Oilers goalie Mike Smith gave up his four goals on 40 shots. The 40-year-old Smith was benched in Game 1 after allowing six goals. 

The Avalanche are favored by 1.5 goals over the host Oilers in Game 3. This comes after the Avalanche were favored by the same amount in their Game 2 shutout victory. The Avalanche are 10-2 in their last 12 games as the favorite. In their last 37 playoff contests as the favorite, the Avalanche are 27-10. The favorite is 8-0 in the last eight contests between the clubs. The home team is 7-1 in the last eight games with the teams. The Avalanche are 5-1 in the last six meetings. The Oilers are 6-3 in the last nine contests overall. 

The over/under is set for seven goals for Game 3. The UNDER was achieved in Game 2. In the last seven games for the Oilers, the OVER is 5-2. The OVER is 4-1 in the last five games with the Oilers as an underdog. The OVER is 4-2 in the last six contests for the Avalanche, with all of those as the favorite. Figure on the OVER returning for Game 3, as Francouz will have to deal with a road atmosphere and a desperate Oilers squad that will be aggressive. 

The Avalanche are seeking their third Stanley Cup title in franchise history (1995-96, 2000-01). The Oilers are striving for their first Stanley cup since 1989-90 and the sixth in their history. 

The Avalanche will cover the spread but the Oilers will win a shootout to get back into the series and trim their deficit to 2-1. 

Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert. Twitter: @RolandoRosa3