May 2, 2019
2nd Favourite Team
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Foppa21</b></div><div>Come again? My memory might be a little hazy, but I seem to recall the Oilers being swept by the Avs...
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Copenhagen</b></div><div>Smith in Net
Game 1 .760
Game 2 .900
Game 3 .929
Game 4 .857
That is a .861 average, which is worse than an AHL goalie
A decent goalie would have made a big difference.
But I bet you don't recall how bad the Oilers goaltending was?</div></div>
Smith was playing injured, so much so that he likely isn't going to recover in time to play hockey all next season. So there's that.
But if you look at how Colorado performed against each team they met in the postseason, only one really challenged them at 5v5. Here are Colorado's stats in each series:
vs NAS: 59.66 xGF%, 62.69 SCF%, 56.58 HDCF%
vs STL: 59.84 xGF%, 62.93 SCF%, 62.89 HDCF%
vs EDM: 53.28 xGF%, 53.03 SCF%, 46.07 HDCF%
vs TBL: 60.57 xGF%, 60.20 SCF%, 56.73 HDCF%
As for Colorado's vaunted defense, here's how many high danger chances they allowed from each opponent:
NAS: 9.95 HDCA/60
STL: 6.89 HDCA/60
EDM: 15.06 HDCA/60
TBL: 9.00 HDCA/60
Again Edmonton is the anomaly.
Here's a look at how the two teams performed down the stretch, from Feb 10th through the end of the regular season:
2. Edmonton: .724 (38 gp)
8. Colorado: .662 (37 gp)
GF - GA = goal differential
Edmonton: 3.82 - 2.76 = +1.06
Colorado: 3.38 - 2.76 = +0.62
SF - SA
Edmonton: 34.8 - 32.4
Colorado: 34.8 - 33.2
Net PP, Net PK
Edmonton: 21.4%, 87.0%
Colorado: 21.4%, 82.8%
There really isn't much daylight between these clubs.