West Division Playoff Previews
Yesterday I started my playoff preview series, in which I break down the first-round matches of the NHL post-season using data, looking at the East Division matchups underway. Today, we're shifting our focus to the top-heavy West Division, where two powerhouse franchises will look to stave off upsets.
Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues
Let’s get this out of the way quick -- nobody is giving the Blues a chance here. Prediction models are incredibly bullish on the Avs, with The Athletic granting them only a 12 percent chance of victory (the lowest of any playoff series this decade, apparently).
It’s not hard to see why these models so prefer the Avalanche. Colorado w
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