Seattle Kraken defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, left, ties up Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher during the third period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 26, 2023, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Avalanche (51-24-7, first in the Central Division) vs. Seattle Kraken (46-28-8, fourth in the Pacific Division)

Seattle; Friday, 10 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NHL LINE: Avalanche -158, Kraken +134; over/under is 6

NHL PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND: Kraken lead series 3-2

BOTTOM LINE: The Seattle Kraken host the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the NHL Playoffs with a 3-2 lead in the series. The teams meet Wednesday for the ninth time this season. The Kraken won the last matchup 3-2.

Seattle has a 21-18-4 record in home games and a 46-28-8 record overall. The Kraken have gone 48-7-4 when scoring at least three goals.

Colorado is 30-11-2 in road games and 51-24-7 overall. The Avalanche have a +51 scoring differential, with 274 total goals scored and 223 given up.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jared McCann has 40 goals and 30 assists for the Kraken. Matthew Beniers has scored three goals with one assist over the past 10 games.

Mikko Rantanen has 55 goals and 50 assists for the Avalanche. Nathan MacKinnon has eight goals and five assists over the past 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Kraken: 6-4-0, averaging 3.2 goals, 4.9 assists, 3.7 penalties and 8.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game.

Avalanche: 6-2-2, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.3 assists, 3.6 penalties and 8.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game.

INJURIES: Kraken: Jared McCann: day to day (undisclosed), Joonas Donskoi: out (upper-body), John Hayden: out for season (lower body), Andre Burakovsky: out (lower-body).

Avalanche: Jack Johnson: day to day (lower body), Darren Helm: day to day (undisclosed), Valeri Nichushkin: day to day (personal), Pavel Francouz: out (lower body), Gabriel Landeskog: out (knee).

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar

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