NHL Starting Goalies For NHL Playoffs Round 3 Game 1 (May 31)


The Edmonton Oilers (+166) are playing the Colorado Avalanche (-185) in Game One of the NHL Western Conference Final from the Ball Arena in Denver. Heading into the series, the one gigantic advantage the Avalanche have is goaltending where Colorado projected starting goalie Darcy Kuemper has been respectable (6-2, 2.44 GAA, .904 SV%), while Edmonton projected starting goalie Mike Smith has been extremely fortunate that the Oilers have scored at a prolific pace. The statistics are deceiving. Even though Smith has given up some horrible goals in the playoffs, his save percentage is .927, which happens to be 23 percentage points better in the postseason than Kuemper.

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