Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Feb 16, 2021

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Sunday's game between the Avalanche and Golden Knights was a battle of rust versus fatigue. Colorado was playing its first game in two weeks, while Vegas was playing for the second day in a row.

Colorado
39-13-3-1
AT
February 16, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
T-Mobile Arena
Vegas
40-14-0-2
Puckline +1.5 -251
Moneyline +100
Over / Under o +5.5

46%

Betting Action

54%

Puckline -1.5 +208
Moneyline -121
Over / Under u +5.5

46%

Betting Action

54%

The Avalanche and Golden Knights will meet in Vegas on Tuesday for the second straight game before the four game set shifts to Denver later in the week.  The Golden Knights shutout the Avs 1-0 on Sunday.

Vegas is a razor thin -114 favourite to win on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5.

Avalanche vs. Golden Knights Betting Analysis

With plenty of injuries and a COVID-19 related shutdown, Colorado has been inconsistent this year, especially on the road.  The Avs are 3-3-1 outside of Denver and they have only covered the spread in one of those seven games.  Colorado is 4-8 overall against the spread and has hit the Over in five of 12 games.

Vegas has cruised their way to the top of the Western Conference standings.  They are 8-1-1 at home this year and have hit the Over in seven of those 10 games.  The Golden Knights are 6-7 ATS, covering five times at home and once on the road.

Colorado Avalanche

Some rust was expected from the Avalanche as Sunday was their first game since Feb. 2.  It was a slightly longer layoff for Nathan MacKinnon, who hadn’t played since Jan. 31 due to a lower body injury.  Injuries have been an issue for the Avs all season.  Devon Toews and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare returned from the IR with MacKinnon, but Colorado was still missing Cale Makar, Erik Johnson, Matt Calvert and Pavel Francouz to injuries.  Tyson Jost, Gabriel Landeskog and Samuel Girard also missed the game because of COVID-19 protocol.

One player seemingly unaffected by the COVID-19 pause was goaltender Philipp Grubauer.  The Avalanche’s starting netminder stopped 23 of 24 shots on Sunday and has been arguably the best goalie in the NHL other than Marc-Andre Fleury.  Among goaltenders with at least six starts, Grubauer is second in both goals against average (1.61) and save percentage (.937).

Vegas Golden Knights

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Fleury was the difference maker in Vegas’ win on Sunday.  Fleury stopped all 30 shots he faced against the Avalanche and he has easily been the best goalie in the league to this point in the season.  His second shutout of the year bumped Fleury’s record to 7-1.  It was Fleury’s 63rd career shutout and 473rd win.  The Flower is two wins away from his 100th win with Vegas and his ridiculous .944 SV and 1.38 GAA are both best among goalies with at least six starts.

Max Pacioretty‘s second period goal proved to be the lone marker on Sunday.  Pacioretty is second on the Golden Knights with 12 points in 13 games and he leads the team with seven goals.  First year captain Mark Stone leads Vegas with 16 points (4G, 12A).

The Golden Knights are now 5-0-1 since returning from a pause due to COVID-19 protocols.  Sunday’s win helped Vegas jump to first in the Western Conference.  The Golden Knights have been adaptable all season and have won in both high scoring and low scoring affairs.  Vegas has played eight games where the total has gone over six goals and five games where the total was four goals or under.

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