The Colorado Avalanche survived Game 5 of their 2020 Stanley Cup Western Conference second-round series against the Dallas Stars and will try to force Game 7 on Wednesday, September 2.
The second-seeded Avs were listed as firm favorites to reach the conference finals, but the third-seeded Stars have been impressive in this series. Hereof, Game 6 on Wednesday night should bring plenty of excitement, so we bring you the best betting pick along with all need-to-know trends and tips.
The Avalanche are without their starting goaltender Philipp Grubauer, while his backup Pavel Francouz missed Game 5 last Monday and is questionable to play Wednesday. Defenseman Erik Johnson and winger Joonas Donskoi are questionable, too.
The Stars, on the other side, miss defenseman Stephen Johns.
The Avs are -125 moneyline favorites on BetAmerica, while the Stars are listed as +115 dogs on the same platform. The totals are set at exactly six goals with both over and under at -105 odds on BetMGM.
The Stars have been playing as underdogs in each game through this series, while all five contests went in the over at some very tempting odds.
What’s at Stake?
This is another do-or-die clash for the Avs. On the other side, the Stars don’t want to miss another chance. Dropping a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series is never easy.
The Avs entered Game 5 with Michael Hutchinson between the pipes, as the 30-year-old goalie had a debut in Colorado jersey after playing just 15 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs this past regular season.
They still won the clash 6-3 on the back of their brilliant offense which could be a huge boost ahead of Game 6.
On the other side, Ben Bishop returned for the Stars after a two-week absence and yielded four goals on 19 shots. Now, Dallas has to pick up the pieces and try to avoid Game 7 drama.
Anton Khudobin should guard the cage for the Stars on Wednesday after that Bishop’s terrible performance in Game 5. Khudobin is 7-4 in 11 starts this postseason, tallying a 2.86 GAA and a .911 save percentage.
The Avalanche stormed the front in Game 5 and dismantled the Stars with five first-period goals. Nathan MacKinnon extended his point streak to 13 games, scoring a goal along with an assist, while Andre Burakovsky netted twice.
The Avs have the top-scoring offense in the 2020 Stanley Cup, averaging 4.00 goals per game. They were tallying 3.37 goals in the regular season (4th). The Stars are fourth with 3.36 goals per contest this postseason which is a huge improvement in regard to 2.58 goals per game during the regular season (26th).
Defenseman Miro Heiskanen leads the way for Dallas with four goals and 14 assists this postseason, while wingers Denis Gurianov and Jamie Benn combined for 13 goals and 12 assists.
I wasn’t expecting such a high-scoring series, but the Avs and Stars have been ridiculously efficient. Considering the fact that Avalanche will probably start their third-string goaltender, I’m looking for another firecracker.
Anton Khudobin has been playing well since the start of the 2020 Stanley Cup, but the Avs will have to score a few goals if they want to stand a chance against the awakened Stars’ offense.
Therefore, I’m taking the over on the totals. The under is 9-6 in the last 15 encounters between the Avs and Stars, but as I’ve mentioned, the previous five meetings went in the over. Dallas is 7-3 in its last 10 games against Colorado, but I would avoid the side bet because of a massive stake.