Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche Game 2 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 01, 2021

Cale Makar's four-point night led the Avalanche to a blowout win over Vegas in Game 1 for Colorado's 12th straight home victory.

Vegas
40-14-0-2
AT
June 02, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Colorado
39-13-3-1
Puckline +1.5 -175
Moneyline +156
Over / Under o +5.5

31%

Betting Action

69%

Puckline -1.5 +146
Moneyline -186
Over / Under u +5.5

31%

Betting Action

69%

The entire “Rest vs. Rust” debate may have just been solved with a single game between Vegas and Colorado on Sunday.  The Golden Knights came into Game 1 of this best-of-seven second round series with only a one day break after going the distance with Minnesota in the first round, while the Presidents Trophy winning Avalanche had a full week off after sweeping St. Louis.  Colorado dismantled Vegas 7-1 in Game 1 and they’ll likely only come at the Golden Knights harder in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

The Avalanche are -187 favourites to win on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5.

Golden Knights vs. Avalanche Stanley Cup Odds

After a Game 1 that wasn’t even close, 76 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors are taking Colorado in Game 2.  These teams easily surpassed the Over on Sunday, which is likely why almost 70 per cent of bettors are expecting a high scoring game on Wednesday.  It’s worth noting, however, that including Sunday, the Over has only hit in three of nine total games between these teams this year.

Sunday was just the fourth loss for Vegas in their last 14 road games.  The game’s eight-goal total was the fourth time Vegas has hit the Over in their last six games.  Although the Golden Knights are only down 1-0 in the series, Game 1 was such a disaster that their odds to win the series are now +306, while their odds to win the Stanley Cup are +800.

Colorado is playing some of the most dominant hockey in franchise history.  The Avs have won 10 straight games overall and 12 straight at home.  They’ve also hit the Over in six of their last seven games.  Colorado is now a -502 favourite to win the series and a +173 favourite to win the Stanley Cup.

Vegas Golden Knights

You’ve got to feel for Vegas after Game 1’s result.  After a gruelling seven-game series against Minnesota, the Golden Knights had one day off before their second round series with Colorado started.  That quick turnaround is the only logical reason why head coach Peter DeBoer chose to start Robin Lehner over Marc-Andre Fleury.  Lehner allowed seven goals on 37 shots in his first game action in 20 days.  Fleury was given a break after playing all seven first round games.  In five of those games, Fleury allowed two goals or fewer and he finished the series with a 1.71 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.  Barring any injuries, there’s no chance Fleury doesn’t start every game through the rest of this series.  William Karlsson had the lone goal for Vegas in Game 1.

When Game 2 kicks off, the Golden Knights will be missing enforcer Ryan Reaves and possibly their leading playoff scorer, Mattias Janmark.  The NHL handed down a two-game suspension to Reaves after his roughing penalties on Colorado defenceman Ryan Graves, which actually led to a bizarre nine-minute power play for the Avs. Graves had delivered a hit on Janmark, earlier in the game, that led to Janmark leaving and not returning.  There’s been no update on Janmark’s status.  He had a hat-trick in Game 7 against Minnesota and leads Vegas in playoff scoring with six points (3G, 3A).

Colorado Avalanche

You couldn’t have drawn it up any better for the Avalanche in Game 1.  Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog each had two goals on the night, while Cale Makar, Mikko Rantanen and Brandon Saad also found the back of the net.  Colorado is now 19-0-1 over their last 20 home games, including three games in the playoffs.  The top-line is doing the heavy lifting for this team, as MacKinnon, Landeskog and Rantanen have points in every playoff game.  MacKinnon leads the playoffs with 12 points and eight goals, while Landeskog has put up 11 points (4G, 7A) and Rantanen has added nine points (2G, 7A).

Philipp Grubauer made 24 saves in Game 1, while Makar continued to impress on the back-end, finishing with a goal and three assists.  The Avalanche will be waiting to hear word on the status of Graves for Game 2.  There’s been no update on the Colorado defenceman since he left in the third period of Game 1 after Reaves punched him in the back of the head and appeared to kneel on Graves’ face while he was on the ice.  Nazem Kadri‘s eight-game suspension from the first round was upheld in an appeal to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.  The Colorado forward has missed three games and his last option will be an appeal to a neutral arbitrator which will be a binding decision.

Teams that win the first game of a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series are 495-224 (68.8 per cent) to win the series.

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