Seattle Kraken at Colorado Avalanche game 5
Tonight, we have game 5 between the Kraken and the Avs and I have to say, the Kraken have surprised me. I don’t want to say that I thought they would just roll over in the playoffs, but their ability to perform so well against the raining Stanley Cup champs has been astonishing to me. Sure, you could say that the Avs are battling some key injuries that’s fucking with their lines, but either way I did not expect them to have this much trouble with the Kraken.
All of the games in this series have been pretty close so far. The largest win by both teams was by two goals with the other two games ending as one goal losses for the prospective side, so who has the advantage tonight?
The main thing that I am watching out for in tonight’s game is the fact that Cale Makar and Jared McCann won’t be on the ice tonight. For those of you who don’t know, Makar got suspended one game for his hit that injured McCann on Monday night. The Avalanche are losing a great defenseman in tonight’s matchup, but the Kraken are losing their top point scorer on the season with his injury. And yes, I know that he only has one point so far this series, but he’s a facilitator that the Kraken are going to be missing on the ice tonight. He is also one less thing that the Avs have to worry about on defense so the Avs being a little more aggressive in this game is for sure possible.
With all of this injury talk I think that it is time to move onto the picks for this matchup. Without their season point leader on the ice for the game tonight I find it hard to believe that the Kraken are going to be able to pull out a win in Denver. So, for that reason:
Hammer: Avs -1.5
Hammer: MacKinnon anytime goal
Sprinkle: Avs -2.5