Colorado Avs Experience Could Be Difference-Maker In Their Quest For The Stanley Cup

Written By Ian St. Clair on 08/11/2020 - Last Updated on January 18, 2021

There is nothing like the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The emotional and physical toll it takes to win the 16 games to claim the Stanley Cup is unlike any in the wide world of sports.

But now, with players locked in a “bubble” away from family and friends during the middle of a pandemic, you really can say there has never been anything like this Stanley Cup playoffs.

It may have taken four months to get here, but let the fun (and NHL betting) finally begin.

First up for the Colorado Avalanche on their Mission 16W is the Arizona Coyotes in the Western Conference quarterfinals. Mission 16W is what Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque called Colorado’s 2001 quest for the Cup. That’s also the last time the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup.

Avalanche vs. Coyotes schedule

The first game in the best-of-seven series is at 3:30 p.m. MST Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Since the sports betting Colorado market launched on May 1, this is the first chance for sports fans to bet on the NHL playoffs.

As was the case for the round-robin and qualifying round games, all Western Conference quarterfinal playoff games will be played in Edmonton, Alberta. All Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff games are set for Toronto.

Colorado went 2-0-1 in the round-robin seeding games to claim the No. 2 seed in the West. The Las Vegas Golden Knights are the No. 1 seed and face the Chicago Blackhawks in the quarterfinals.

Avalanche vs Coyotes NHL playoffs quarterfinals scheduleTime (MST)DateTVRadio
Game One3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12NBCSN/Altitude TV Altitude Radio
Game Two
Noon Friday, Aug. 14NHL Network/Altitude TVAltitude Radio
Game Three 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15CNBC/Altitude TVAltitude Radio
Game Four 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17NBCSN/Altitude TVAltitude Radio
Game Five (if necessary)TBDWednesday, Aug. 19TBDAltitude Radio
Game Six (if necessary)TBDFriday, Aug. 21TBDAltitude Radio
Game Seven (if necessary)TBDSunday, Aug. 23TBDAltitude Radio

Game line odds and series odds

As for the sports betting odds, the Avs are a betting favorite across multiple sports betting CO apps and multiple wagers.

The Avalanche are favored to win Game One of their series against Arizona, at least according to DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM Sports.

Avalanche vs Coyotes Games One odds DraftKings FanDuel BetMGM
Point spread Avalanche -1.5 +150
Coyotes +1.5 -210
Avalanche -1.5 +155
Coyotes +1.5 -180
Avalanche -1.5 +150
Coyotes -1.5 -182
Moneyline Avalanche -180
Coyotes +150
Avalanche -180
Coyotes +155
Avalanche -182
Coyotes +155
Total goals scored Over 5.5 -107
Under 5.5 -114
Over 5.5 +100
Under 5.5 -120
Over 5.5 -106
Under 5.5 -115

The three sportsbooks also have Colorado as the favorite to win the series.

Avalanche vs Coyotes NHL playoffs quarterfinals oddsDraftKings FanDuelBetMGM
Series winner Avalanche -286
Coyotes +235
Avalanche -290
Coyotes +225
Avalanche -250
Coyotes +210

Stanley Cup odds

Colorado also remains a betting favorite to win the Stanley Cup. That’s been the case since the NHL announced its return-to-play plan in late May.

Now that the Avalanche are the No. 2 seed in the West after their three round-robin games, DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM have Colorado equal to or slightly behind the Golden Knights to win the Cup and the West. The Philadelphia Flyers are also a favorite for the Cup and to win the East.

Colorado Avalanche odds DraftKings FanDuel BetMGM
NHL Western Conference winner Golden Knights +250
Avalanche +275
Blues +425
Stars +650
Flames +900
Canucks +900
Coyotes +1,400
Blackhawks +1,500
Golden Knights +250
Avalanche +270
Blues +460
Stars +700
Flames +900
Canucks +1,000
Coyotes +1,500
Blackhawks +1,500
Avalanche +260
Golden Knights +260
Blues +450
Stars +750
Flames +900
Canucks +1,100
Coyotes +1,600
Blackhawks +1,600
Stanley Cup winner — top five Flyers +550
Golden Knights +550
Avalanche +650
Lightning +800
Bruins +850
Blues +1,000
Avalanche +600
Flyers +600
Golden Knights +600
Lightning +700
Bruins +800
Blues +1,100
Capitals +1,300
Bruins +700
Lightning +700
Avalanche +800
Golden Knights +800
Blues +900
Capitals +1,000
Flyers +1,100

Conn Smythe Trophy odds

If you’re looking for a futures betting option that involves Avalanche players, center Nathan MacKinnon is the favorite on DraftKings and BetMGM to win the Conn Smythe Trophy (the MVP of the playoffs).

Odds to win the Conn Smythe Trophy DraftKings BetMGM
Conn Smythe Trophy winner — top five Nathan MacKinnon +550
Brad Marchand +1,000
Carter Hart +1,100
Patrice Bergeron +1,200
Andre Vasilevskiy +1,200
Robin Lehner +1,200
Brayden Point +1,300
Mark Stone +1,300
Nazem Kadri +1,300
Nathan MacKinnon +900
Tuuka Rask +1,200
Carter Hart +1,300
Nikita Kucherov +1,500
Max Pacioretty +1,500
David Pastrnak +1,600

Stanley Cup playoff experience

What helps Colorado in this situation is experience.

This is the third-straight season the Avalanche have qualified for the playoffs, so this isn’t their first rodeo. With that comes motivation from a tough loss.

Colorado made it to seven games in its Western Conference semifinal series against the San Jose Sharks. The Avs lost in Game Seven.

Yes, Colorado wasn’t even supposed to make it out of the quarterfinal series against the Calgary Flames, but losing in Game Seven sticks with you.

The Avalanche want to turn that into a deep playoff run that ends with them skating for the Cup.

Very few times does an opportunity present itself to become the best. Colorado knows what’s in front of it — a legitimate shot at the Stanley Cup. Now it’s time to make it happen.

As MacKinnon said to the team website:

“I think, with experience, you feel better and better. I think for everyone in our group, every year you play in the NHL you realize you don’t have many chances and for me, this feels like my first real chance to win, which really excites me and I think it excites everyone. Obviously, it is not easy to get in this position, we are second in the West and that is kind of where we finished if there wasn’t a qualifier and the round robin or whatever for our team. Personally, I feel comfortable. This is my fourth playoffs now and third straight obviously with everyone else, but I feel good and hopefully, I can be a key guy in the first round.”

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Ian is an award-winning sports journalist and a University of Northern Colorado graduate. He’s a Colorado native and has over a decade of experience covering college and professional athletics. He broke into the gambling industry right as Colorado launched legal sports betting in 2020. Ian now manages the sites for some of the biggest gambling markets in North America and is an analyst for PlayColorado.

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