The Oilers might be the closest thing the Avalanche have to a comparable in terms of team speed, but they still can't catch up.
JUSTIN CUTHBERT: And the story this morning is the Colorado Avalanche taking a 2-0 series lead over the Edmonton Oilers and moving to within two games-- or two wins of reaching the Stanley Cup Final. And it feels like that coronation for Colorado, right? At least certainly in the Western Conference. But also, probably as Stanley Cup champions, if we are to pick a winner right now. This group is unbelievable.
And what I do appreciate them, maybe more than anything else, is that the identity, at least up front, but a lot of it extends to the back end as well, is so consistent. It's odd to bring up Andrew Cogliano first when talking about all the talent on the Colorado Avalanche. And I just got to scratch my head when they brought him in. But what he is, at the very bottom of the lineup, is another player with speed who can, in his limited shifts, just keep the same attack going, keep things uniform for the Colorado Avalanche.
Because what's clear when sizing up these two unbelievably fast teams, the Colorado Avalanche and the Edmonton Oilers, who play with a pace that, really, only themselves could maybe measure up to, is that Colorado is faster. The Avalanche are so fast that the fastest player in the world, Connor McDavid, gets a full head of steam in their best defensemen, not just their best defensemen, their best defensemen, Cale Makar and Devon Toews, who make up their top pairing.
And the ones that are chosen for the McDavid match-up can calmly and coolly stay in front of number 97 and make the play. There were two moments in game 2, which the Avalanche won 4-0, by the way, where McDavid finally looked like he was going to break loose, moments against the other team where McDavid was guaranteed to make the point of attack on a netminder, but both Cale Makar and Devon Toews were able to turn him away with ease. And, really, I think that was what set the tone for this game where it was just not going to happen, offensively at least, for the Edmonton Oilers.