Rantanen, McKinnon, Avs to Outduel McDavid, Draisaitl In High-Scoring Win

Jimmy Murphy

Saturday, November 10, 2018 5:13 PM UTC

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 5:13 PM UTC

In what could prove to be a very crucial two points for the winner down the road, Connor McDavid and the Oilers will lose a seesaw affair to the visiting Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon and the Avalanche.

Murphy: 27-23-2

Colorado (7-6-3, 7-9 ATS) at Edmonton (8-7-1, 8-8 ATS)Sunday 9:30 p.m. ETFree NHL Picks: Avalanche ML, OverBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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The Oilers and Avalanche come into this game tied in points with 17 and the Oilers clinging onto the final playoff spot in the Western Conference by way of more regulation wins. Both teams have been struggling as of late, with Colorado riding a 2-game skid and the Oilers losing the last 3 of their recent 4-game roadie out east. So while it may only be Nov. 11, this game really could become important down the road if the two teams are battling for those final wild card spots like they are now.

With the Oilers playing in their first game back after four games on the road, that old mantra that teams come out flat in their first game at home after a long road trip looks to be in play here. The travel and their sudden but not the first time struggle to score doesn’t bode well in a game the home team is typically slow to start in. True, the Avs have struggled as of late but look at the last two teams they played. Nashville and Winnipeg are the cream of the crop right now not only in the Western Conference and Central Division but in the entire NHL! Those games were simply a reminder that the young and upstart Avalanche isn’t quite there yet, but they and a team like the Oilers are knocking and this game is a good measuring stick as well. That’s why a team like the Avs who just got dominated 4-1 and 5-2 respectively, are a good bet to bounce back and make a statement against arguably the best player in the world in McDavid and the Oilers, a team they will likely be neck and neck with all season. Take the Avs and also the over in this, because don’t forget, you’ve got the top three scorers in the NHL playing in Rantanen, McDavid and MacKinnon!

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The Avalanche is 7-9 against the spread and 4-6 on the road. Colorado has scored 55 goals and allowed 49. They’re 8-8-0 on the over/under and 6-4-0 on the road. The Avs are 10-6 on the puck line and 6-4 on the road.

Rantanen leads the team in assists with 19 and points with 24. MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog are tied for the team lead in goals with 11 lamplighters each.

McDavid is tied for team lead in goals with Draisaitl as both have 10 lamplighters and McDavid leads the team in points with 23. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins leads the team in assists with 14 helpers.

Goaltending Match-Up
  • For the visiting Avalanche, Semyon Varlamov is 4-5-0-2 with a 2.38 GAA and .927 save percentage.
  • Philipp Grubauer is 3-1-0-1 with a 3.55 GAA and .893 save percentage.
  • For the Oilers, Cam Talbot is 5-6-0-1 with a 2.94 GAA and .899 save percentage.
  • Mikko Koskinen is 3-1-0 with a 2.76 GAA and .914 save percentage.
M*A*S*H Report
  • For the Oilers, defenseman Andrej Sekera is on injured reserve after surgery for a torn Achilles.
  • For the Avalanche, forward Sven Andrighetto is week-to-week with a lower body injury.
  • Forward J.T. Compher is out indefinitely with a concussion.
  • Defenseman Conor Timmins is out indefinitely with a head injury.

Prediction: Avalanche 6 Oilers 4

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