Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights Game 3 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 03, 2021

With the OT winner in Game 2, Mikko Rantanen extended his playoff point streak to 16 games.

Colorado
39-13-3-1
AT
June 04, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
T-Mobile Arena
Vegas
40-14-0-2
Puckline -1.5 +220
Moneyline -104
Over / Under o +5.5

52%

Betting Action

48%

Puckline +1.5 -265
Moneyline -116
Over / Under u +5.5

52%

Betting Action

48%

The play of Game 2 was almost a complete opposite of Game 1, but the result was the same as the Colorado Avalanche took a 2-0 lead over the Vegas Golden Knights in their second round best-of-seven series, with a 3-2 overtime win on Wednesday.  After the Avs crushed the Golden Knights 7-1 in Game 1, it was Vegas’ turn to take it to Colorado in Game 2.  The Golden Knights outshot the Avalanche 41-25 on Wednesday, but struggled to get anything past Vezina nominee Philipp Grubauer.

Game 3 is nearly a pick’em, with Colorado coming in as a slight -115 favourite to win on the NHL odds.  The total is set at 5.5.

Avalanche vs. Golden Knights Stanley Cup Odds

The Avalanche have won all six of their playoff games this year and hit the Over in four of them.  Their overall winning streak has now hit 10 games and they’ve won five straight on the road.  Colorado has jumped to a massive -702 favourite to win the series and at +136, they’re currently the favourites for the Stanley Cup.

Despite a Game 7 win in the first round against Minnesota, Vegas has stumbled lately and dropped four of their last five games.  They’ll be hoping home ice will help them turn things around, as they’ve won nine of their last 12 at T-Mobile Arena.  If the Golden Knights can come back in this series, it will be at good value.  They’re now +443 underdogs in the series and they sit at +1300 to win the Cup.

Colorado Avalanche

Game 2 was a statement win for the Avalanche.  Through three periods their top three playoff scorers, Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar, were all held without a point and Colorado still found a way to win.  That speaks to this team’s depth.  Brandon Saad opened the scoring in the first period for his fifth straight game with a goal, while Tyson Jost also found the back of the net.  Grubauer made a playoff career-high of 39 saves and was the No. 1 star.

The Avs’ stars came to play in OT, with Rantanen scoring the winner on the power play just over two minutes into the extra period.  MacKinnon and Makar picked up the assists.  All three players have picked up points in every game this postseason.  Rantanen’s playoff point streak is now at 16 games, dating back to last year.

Defenceman Ryan Graves doesn’t seem to be feeling any major ill effects after leaving Game 1 early with an undisclosed injury.  Graves recorded an assists in Game 2 and logged over 15 minutes of ice time.  After Nazem Kadri‘s appeal of the eight-game suspension he received in the first round was denied by commissioner Gary Bettman, he’ll have a final, binding appeal with a neutral arbitrator on Friday.  Kadri has already served four of the eight games.

Teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series are 334-51 (.867) to win an NHL playoff series, including 4-0 in this year’s first round.

Vegas Golden Knights

It was a much better effort from Vegas in Game 2, but the same result.  The Golden Knights looked like the better team for most of the night, but couldn’t close out the game.  Vegas outshot the Avalanche by almost 20 in the game, including a 16-6 advantage in the second period alone.  Alec Martinez and Reilly Smith had the goals.  The other Vezina nominee playing in this series, Marc-Andre Fleury, stopped 22 of 25 shots faced.

Mattias Janmark (undisclosed injury) didn’t play Game 2 and is questionable for Game 3.  Janmark was forced to leave Game 1 after taking a hit from Avalanche defenceman Graves, which led to Ryan Reaves‘ later retaliation and suspension.  Reaves was suspended two games and is eligible to return for Game 4.  Dylan Sikura (NHL playoff debut) replaced Janmark in the lineup, while Keegan Kolesar filled in for Reaves.

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