Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames - 4/15/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cale Makar has options. But which is the right one for him and the Avs

Can the Colorado Avalanche even its series against the Flames or will Calgary take a commanding 2-0 series lead?

Superstars live for the big moments, and Nathan MacKinnon has shown time and time again he was made for them.

Mike Smith made 36 saves for Calgary after making 26 in the Game 1 shutout. Centre Derek Ryan had a breakout season for the Flames with 13 goals and 25 assists, and is only slightly taller at 5-10. Plus, Cole can be undisciplined at times. Just a little over eight minutes into overtime, Grubauer would make a huge stop on a wide open Michael Frolik, and the Avs would transition the other way.

"Our killers did an unbelievable job to kill off all those penalties and I was able to make a couple big saves there in the second, then we go down the ice and (Mangiapane) scores a big goal for us, so obviously that's a big momentum swing in the game", Smith said.

However, it was all over when MacKinnon scored at 8:27 in overtime, with Colorado tying the series 1-1 with the 3-2 win.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series will be Monday in Denver.

"We were winning battles and to be honest with you we deserved this one". The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 1.5 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities.

And, Smith was a big reason the Flames - and their fans - went home happy. They were the better team from start to finish. Everything in game one for the Flames, but he was invisible tonight. "You saw in the regular season that no lead was safe with the way the game is called now and the way the game is played, and you're seeing these wild fluctuations in scores and comebacks and high scores".

Nieto capitalized on faulty stickwork by Calgary defenseman T.J. Brodie and ripped a shot past Mike Smith on a breakaway. "If you give him too many open looks, he's going to find a way to get one past you, sooner or later".

Philipp Grubauer continues to be calm, cool and collected in net for the Avs, and it looks like that is helping a team that is still very young. First, Philipp Grubauer made a fantastic save, then Nathan MacKinnon used his blazing speed and risky shot to score an OT goal that even a boiling-hot netminder couldn't stop.

Amongst all the great things the Avs did tonight, they may have lost Sam Girard to injury in the second consecutive postseason. Makar has no National Hockey League experience, but someone with his talent can make a massive difference in a short series. The only silver lining to all of it is that the Avs may be adding stud prospect Cale Makar as early as Sunday.



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