Avalanche vs. Flames Playoff Odds, Betting Preview: Will Calgary’s Goaltending Falter?
Sergei Belski, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Mike Smith
- The Calgary Flames are -200 favorites over the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the NHL Playoffs.
- Michael Leboff previews the series and wonders if the Flames' goaltending will open the door for the Avs.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames Series Betting Odds
- Avalanche odds: +170
- Flames odds: -200
The Calgary Flames were not expected to be bad this season, but they certainly weren’t expected to be this good, either. Bill Peters led the Flames to their first division title since 2005-06 and Calgary finished with the best record in the Western Conference.
The Avalanche exceeded expectations with a worst-to-first season in 2017-18 but were quickly swatted out of the postseason by the Nashville Predators.
This season got off to a rocky start in Colorado, but the Avs turned things around after the All-Star break and were able to beat out Arizona and Minnesota for the final spot in the dismal Western Conference.
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While Colorado did play better down the stretch, a lot of its success came thanks to an uptick in performance from its goaltenders. Over the last 25 games, the Avalanche posted a .939 save percentage at 5v5, the fifth-best mark in the NHL.
Other than that, we have a pretty good idea of who the Avalanche are and what they are capable of accomplishing. They have a couple of stars, Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog, decent depth and an average defense.
This is a mediocre team and that shows in the numbers.