Golden Knights vs. Avalanche Prediction, Stanley Cup Round-Robin Odds

Sports Interaction Staff | Updated Aug 19, 2020

Mikko Rantanen, Avalanche 2020

The Golden Knights and Avalanche are the last two undefeated teams in the Western Conference. They play on Saturday for the top seed.

Vegas
39-24-6-2
AT
August 08, 2020, 3:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Colorado
42-20-7-1
Puckline +1.5 -238
Moneyline -101
Over / Under o +6

33%

Betting Action

67%

Puckline -1.5 +198
Moneyline -119
Over / Under u +6

33%

Betting Action

67%

The last two undefeated teams in the Western Conference play on Saturday afternoon for the top seed.

The Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche put their perfect round-robin records on the line in Edmonton.  The winner of this game will be awarded the No. 1 seed in the conference and maybe a little easier path to the Stanley Cup.  The Avalanche are slight favourites on the NHL odds at -115 and the total is set at 5.5 goals with the over favoured.

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Players and coaches will likely say winning the No. 1 seed is only a bonus and they’re focused more on the long-term playoff picture, but in an unpredictable season unlike any before, you can be sure deep down they all desperately want every advantage possible, making this the biggest game of the season for these teams.

The Avalanche convincingly swept the season series 2-0 with 7-3 and 6-1 victories in Vegas.  The Avalanche have won the last four games against the Golden Knights and the under was 4-0 in those games.

Vegas Golden Knights

The Golden Knights offense has been their saving grace in the round-robin.  They have scored 11 goals in two games but also given up seven.  Mark Stone led the team in those games with two goals and two assists, while Nate Schmidt and Alex Tuch each chipped in three points.  After starting Robin Lehner against Dallas on Monday, the Golden Knights will likely turn back to veteran Marc-Andre Fleury against the Avalanche.

Fleury is coming off a 6-4 win over St. Louis on Thursday, stopping 13 of 17 shots, but he hasn’t looked good against the Avalanche this season.  In two starts against Colorado he managed to put up a 7.13 GAA and .820 SV, while only playing a total of 46:18.  Vegas has no trouble putting the puck in the net, but they’ll need to figure out a way to shut down Colorado’s offense if they want to win on Saturday.

Colorado Avalanche

On a team with the three-headed goal-scoring monster of Nathan Mackinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog, it has actually been the Avalanche’s defense and goaltending leading the way through the round-robin.  The ‘Avs have scored six goals and allowed one through the first two games.

Despite Pavel Francouz pitching a shutout over Dallas on Wednesday, Philipp Grubauer is the likely starter for the ‘Avs.  Grubauer was rock solid in the round-robin against St. Louis, stopping 31 of 32 shots.  He also started one of the Vegas games earlier this season, making 25 saves in a 6-1 victory.  It’s only a matter of time before Hart nominee Nathan Mackinnon breaks through with his high powered offense, so if the Avalanche defense and goaltending continues to shut teams down, the ‘Avs are poised to go deep in the playoffs.

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