NHL Rewind: Avalanche vs Oilers – Potential Western Conference Finals Preview

The text provides a comprehensive overview of the past week in the NHL, highlighting key games, standout performances, and developments in the playoff race, alongside special moments like Mike Modano’s statue unveiling in Dallas.

Another week of NHL action has wrapped up. We’re getting close to the end of the regular season, and things are heating up.

We’ve got all the highlights from the past week with our NHL Rewind.

This Saturday, the Colorado Avalanche and the Edmonton Oilers clashed. Two giants of the Western Conference, and they didn’t disappoint. The game was a nail-biter, decided in the last second of overtime.

Meanwhile, the battle for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference is… let’s just say, less than pretty. And in Dallas, Mike Modano has been immortalized with a statue.

Let’s dive into the biggest stories and best moments from this week in the NHL.

Goal of the week? That’s Morgan Frost of the Philadelphia Flyers. He’s been showing off some serious skills this season.

In a surprising shootout against the Bruins, Frost really shone. Late in the third period, with the Flyers trailing, Frost and Owen Tippet pulled off a stunning play.

Frost went between his legs and flipped the puck top shelf. It was a thing of beauty.

At 24, Frost is showing he’s got what it takes. That goal, his 11th of the season, was a glimpse of his potential. Philly’s got to be hoping for more of that magic.

Robbery of the week goes to Stuart Skinner of the Edmonton Oilers. Last Wednesday, against the Capitals, he made a save that had to be seen to be believed.

Alex Ovechkin, with a clear shot and history in his sights, was denied by Skinner’s incredible dive.

That save turned the tide. Edmonton went on to win 7-2. If they’re aiming for the Stanley Cup, they’ll need Skinner to keep pulling off heroics like that.

Saturday night gave us a potential Western Conference Finals preview. The Avalanche and Oilers did not hold back, delivering perhaps the season’s best game.

Sean Walker scored his first for the Avalanche, but the Oilers fought back hard.

The game went to overtime, and with just 0.5 seconds left, Nathan MacKinnon set up Artturi Lehkonen for the game-winner.

“Give me seven games of that,” is all I can say. When these teams go at it, it’s pure entertainment.

The race for the East’s final wild card spot is… interesting. The Islanders, Red Wings, and Capitals are all in the mix, and it’s anyone’s guess who’ll clinch it.

The Islanders had a rough week, losing crucial games and missing opportunities to secure their spot.

Detroit finally snapped a losing streak, but then stumbled again against the Penguins.

And the Capitals? They’re somehow holding on to that wild card spot, despite a goal differential that could make history for all the wrong reasons.

This race is a rollercoaster, and I can’t look away.

In Dallas, Mike Modano’s legacy was cemented with a statue outside the American Airlines Center. As a kid who grew up idolizing Modano, seeing him honored like this was special.

Modano’s career stats are impressive, and his role in bringing the Stanley Cup to Dallas is unforgettable.

The Stars seemed inspired by the ceremony, dominating the Kings in a 4-1 victory.

Looking ahead, there are some can’t-miss games coming up. Lightning vs. Golden Knights, Wild vs. Kings, Islanders vs. Red Wings, Oilers vs. Maple Leafs, and Panthers vs. Rangers.

Each of these matchups has its own story and stakes. Whether it’s playoff positioning or a preview of postseason battles, you won’t want to miss any of it.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

Related NHL News