After Game 1’s historical goalfest, the Avalanche dominated on the other side of the puck to take a 2-0 series advantage over the Oilers in the Western Conference Finals.
On Thursday, the Avalanche blanked the Oilers 4-0 behind backup goaltender Pavel Francouz, who made 24 saves for his second shutout this postseason while filling in for the injured Darcy Kuemper.
While Francouz was stellar — already justifying the two-year, $4 million extension he signed in March — the defensive support from Cale Makar, Devon Toews, Bowen Byram, and Erik Johnson could make the Avs unbeatable in search of their first Stanley Cup since 2001.
- They held Oilers stars and postseason scoring leaders Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid to a combined five shots on goal in Game 2.
- The Oilers were outshot 26-11 over the last two periods and limited to seven high-danger chances overall.
- Colorado tops the postseason in goals-for (4.58) but is also third in goals-against (2.75).
Kuemper’s status for Game 3 in Edmonton (8 p.m. ET, TNT) remains unknown, but the Avs are clicking even without him.
Plus, they have history on their side: Teams with a 2-0 series advantage in the Conference Finals are 91-7 all-time.
Colorado is now -900 to win the series and has the best odds (-155) to lift the Cup.