Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Feb 14, 2021

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This is the first meeting between Vegas and Colorado since the Golden Knights 4-3 OT win in last year's NHL bubble.

Colorado
39-13-3-1
AT
February 14, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
T-Mobile Arena
Vegas
40-14-0-2
Puckline -1.5 +237
Moneyline -115
Over / Under o +6

53%

Betting Action

47%

Puckline +1.5 -287
Moneyline -105
Over / Under u +6

53%

Betting Action

47%

After nearly two weeks off due to COVID-19 concerns, the Avalanche finally hit the ice again, on Sunday.  Colorado is in Vegas for their first meeting with the Golden Knights this season.

The Avs are -120 favourites to win on the NHL odds with a total of 6.0.

Avalanche vs. Golden Knights Betting Analysis

These are the top-2 teams in the Western Conference, but they haven’t played each other since Vegas’ 4-3 overtime win during last year’s playoff seeding round robin in the NHL bubble.  Alex Tuch had the OT winner.  Sports Interaction bettors are fairly split, with 51 per cent taking the Golden Knights.  One thing bettors can agree on, is this could be a high scoring game.  Over 70 per cent of bettors are taking the Over at 6.0 goals.

Colorado has struggled to cover the spread outside of Denver.  The Avs are just 1-5 against the spread on the road and 4-7 ATS overall.  The Avalanche have hit the Over in half of their six road games.

Vegas is 5-7 ATS this season.  The Golden Knights have covered four times at home and once on the road.  Vegas has hit the Over in eight of 12 games overall, including seven of eight homes games.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche have been shut down by COVID-19 for two weeks, so it’s fair to wonder about their legs in this one.  Colorado was 4-0-1 in their last five games before the pause.  The Avs’ have had fives game postponed since their 2-1 win over Minnesota on Feb 2.  Valeri Nichushkin and Logan O’Connor had the goals for Colorado, while Philipp Grubauer stopped 27 of 28 shots.  Grubauer has been a big part of Colorado’s success this year.  Among goalies with at least six starts, Grubauer is tied with Marc-Andre Fleury for the best save percentage (.934) in the NHL and he has second best goals against average (1.67).

The break may have been a blessing in disguise for Colorado.  It’s allowed the Avs to get back their leading scorer, Nathan MacKinnon, after he suffered a lower body injury on Jan 31.  MacKinnon has 14 points (2G, 12A) in 10 games, while his linemate Mikko Rantanen leads the team with seven goals (10 points).

Vegas Golden Knights

This should be an interesting goalie matchup, as the two best goalie’s in the league right now, are each starting this game.  Fleury seems to have reclaimed the starters crease from Robin Lehner and revitalized his career.  Among goalies with at least six starts, Fleury’s 1.58 GAA is No. 1 in the league, while his .934 SV is tied for first with Grubauer.  The Golden Knights will need to rely on Fleury a little more as Lehner is out and listed as day-to-day.

The Golden Knights’ offence has been as good as their defence this year.  After Vegas’ 3-1 over the Sharks on Saturday, the Knights have now scored at least three goals in four of their last five games.  Max Pacioretty leads the team with six goals (11 points), while Mark Stone leads the team with 16 points (4G, 12A).

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