The Colorado Avalanche beat the Dallas Stars 4-1 to force a Game 7 on Friday night. Photo from @Avalanche (Twitter).
- The Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars are tied 3-3 in their second-round playoff series
- Nathan MacKinnon extended his point streak to 14 games in Colorado’s series-tying victory on Wednesday
- All signs point to the Avalanche completing the three-game comeback and punching their ticket to the next round in Game 7 on Friday (Sep. 4th)
There’s nothing better than a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Thanks to Colorado’s impressive performance in Game 6, we’ll get to see just that on Friday, September 4th, when the Avalanche and Dallas Stars play the deciding game of their best-of-seven series
Game 7 will be the Stars’ third chance to close out the series, and I don’t like their chances.
Stars vs Avalanche Game 7 Odds
|Team||Puck Line||Over/Under||Moneyline at DraftKings|
|Dallas Stars||+1.5 (-240)||O 6 (-104)||+114|
|Colorado Avalanche||-1.5 (+195)||U 6 (-118)||-132|
Odds as of Sep. 2nd.
Much like they were in Game 6, the Avalanche are again listed as the favorites. Not only do I see them capping the comeback in Game 7, I see them doing it in style. Here’s the case for betting Colorado on the puckline at+195 in the series finale.
Hugs for Hutch. 🙌 #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/aEC8uRpvAL
— NHL (@NHL) September 3, 2020
Do You Want to Bet Against Nathan MacKinnon?
I’m not sure the Dallas Stars want to bet against Nathan MacKinnon at this point. The Avalanche have played 14 games since the re-start and MacKinnon has tallied 9 goals and 16 assists. He has exactly zero games without recording a point and eight in which he’s recorded two or more. He’s the best player on the planet right now and it isn’t close.
Watch this again. You know you wanna.#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/n7OCwH0ye3
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) September 3, 2020
Game 7’s have the “do or die” cliche attached to them, and if I had to play one game for my life, I’d want MacKinnon on my team. He’s not just racking up points, he’s controlling the play. There isn’t a shift he’s on the ice that you don’t notice him and that’s who I want in my corner with everything on the line. I expect him to record his ninth multipoint game of the playoffs on Friday.
2020 Stanley Cup Odds Tracker
Michael Hutchinson Rising to the Occasion
Michael Hutchinson was the third Avalanche goalie to get a chance in this series and the Colorado brass must be happy with their decision. He’s made three appearances and now owns a 2-0 record with a sparkling .938 save percentage. Yes, he’s the same goalie that was run out of town by the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he appears to have found something in the NHL bubble.
Michael Hutchinson is the seventh goaltender in NHL playoff history to earn his first two career postseason wins in games when facing elimination, joining Jacques Plante, Robbie Moore, Frank Pietrangelo, Wade Flaherty, Manny Fernandez and Michael Leighton. #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/LIU8AzEek4
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) September 3, 2020
You don’t need to trust Hutchinson to win two more series and a Stanley Cup, all you need to believe is this hot streak will last one more game. He’s a pending UFA who could find himself with an NHL contract if he keeps up this solid play. Colorado has enough offense to cover up mistakes; they just need one more above-average performance from Hutchinson and he’s capable of that.
Consider the Value on the Puckline
Betting the puckline is mighty tempting when you look at the Stars vs Avalanche odds. Coaches are often much more aggressive with pulling their goalie in a must-win game. If the Avalanche are nursing a lead, they’ll likely see extended time against an open net. My advice would be to trust both MacKinnon and Hutchinson, and bet on Colorado to ice the series in style with an impressive victory.
The Pick: Colorado Avalanche Puckline (+195)
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