Part of the fun of watching the final few weeks of the season in the NHL is seeing the battle for playoff spots and the jockeying for position. Every team wants to finish as high as possible, as doing s means a better shot at having home ice advantage for at least one round of the postseason. As we have seen in the past, an opening round series win can build momentum that turns into a Stanley Cup run, much like we saw with the St. Louis Blues last year. As it stands now, the playoff race is on hold as the NHL is in lockdown mode due to the effects of COVID-19. The hope is that the league will return and complete the season, but if they decide to jump right into the postseason using the current standings, we know who would face who in the first round. With that in mind, let’s see how the NHL odds could be for the Avalanche vs Stars.
Avalanche Vs Stars if Playoffs Started Today
The Avalanche vs Stars Season to Date
The Colorado Avalanche were one of the surprise teams of last season, sneaking into the playoffs before knocking off the top seeded Calgary Flames in the opening round. The Avalanche were a young team on the brink of something special and they are taking another leap forward this season. Colorado is 42-20-8 on the season, which gives them 92 points and leaves them just 2 points back of the St. Louis Blues for the best record in the Western Conference. Home ice advantage is great, but the Avalanche actually have 6 more wins (24) than they have at home (18) this season.
For some teams, the lockdown in the NHL might well have come at just the right time. The Dallas Stars are probably one of those teams, as they were on a run of 6 straight losses and a 3-6-1 record in their last 10 games prior to the suspension of league play. Now, they would almost certainly have pulled out of that, but you never want to head into the final weeks of the season heading in the wrong direction. Overall, the Stars are sitting at 37-24-8 on the season, which has them third in the Central Division, albeit only just.
The Avalanche and Stars Head to Head
This is where things get very interesting, as the Stars have won all 4 meetings with the Avalanche this season. The games have all been of the defensive variety, with no more than 5 goals scored in a single game in those 4 meetings. 3 of the 4 games this season were decided by a single goal, which would suggest that this would be a series that really could go either way.
Avalanche and Stars Series Prediction
These two don’t have much of a playoff history, with just one meeting back in 2006, which the Avalanche winning 4-1. I think we can forget about the regular season here, as I think Colorado would win this series 4-2.