Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche Prediction, NHL Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Feb 22, 2021

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Philipp Grubauer’s been lights out for Colorado so far, posting a 9-3 record with a .935 save percentage. No other goalie has won a game for the Avalanche in 2021.

Vegas
11-4-0-1
AT
February 22, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Colorado
9-6-1
Puckline +1.5 -214
Moneyline +114
Over / Under o +5.5

58%

Betting Action

42%

Puckline -1.5 +178
Moneyline -137
Over / Under u +5.5

58%

Betting Action

42%

The main event may have been Saturday night, but the Vegas Golden Knights are Colorado Avalanche are going for round two on Monday in Denver. The Avalanche took the first NHL Lake Tahoe game by a score of 3-2, a win that took nearly 12 hours to earn after an eight-hour delay.

Now shifting the location back indoors at Ball Arena, the 9-4-1 Avalanche can leapfrog the 10-4-1 Golden Knights in the West Division’s standings with a regulation win. Puck drop is 9 p.m. ET.

Golden Knights vs. Avalanche Betting Analysis

Devon Toews’ goal with under seven minutes to go on Saturday night, or Sunday morning depending on your location, proved to be the game-winner for the Avalanche over Vegas. Toews’ goal made it 3-1 Colorado before Alex Tuch responded a minute later and the game ended with five goals total.

The five goals resulted in the Under hitting for the fourth time in Colorado’s last five games, and in five straight Vegas games. The Under’s on a nine of 14 roll in Avalanche games this season, which is unexpected given their shooters up front. That is, until you realize Nathan MacKinnon only has four goals in 13 games and Gabriel Landeskog only has three in 12.

None the less, Colorado’s the home favourite on the NHL odds with -131 moneyline odds.

Vegas Golden Knights

Marc-André Fleury’s done a fine job holding the crease down in Robin Lehner’s absence (upper-body injury); instead it’s the Vegas offence that’s faltering. The Golden Knights are 3-3 without Lehner, with Fleury starting all six contests, but Vegas has scored just eight goals over their last four games.

This includes back-to-back 3-2 losses to the Avalanche after opening their current four-game series with a 1-0 win that featured 30 saves on 30 shots at Fleury. Team leading scorer Mark Stone is pointless in the team’s last three games against Colorado, and Vegas’ second-best scorer Max Pacioretty only has two points over his last five appearances, granted they were two goals against Colorado which have contributed to his team-high eight.

Colorado Avalanche

A 3.14 goals per game rate (12th in the NHL) isn’t up to Colorado’s standards. As mentioned, MacKinnon and Landeskog have had their scoring woes. In fact, off-season acquisition Brandon Saad nearly has more goals than both of them combined.

Instead the more encouraging facet of Colorado’s game is goaltending, which let them down in last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. Philipp Grubauer’s been lights out for Colorado so far, posting a 9-3 record with a .935 save percentage. No other goalie has won a game for the Avalanche in 2021, but if they can ride a healthy Grubauer, the goals will come eventually. MacKinnon’s too talented (see Saturday night) to be scoring fewer than a goal every two games.

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