Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Avalanche vs Golden Knights NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(7-4-1) Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights (10-2-1)
Date: Tuesday, February 16th
Time: 10:00 PM ET
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas NV
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Avalanche -110| Golden Knights -11
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Golden Knights -1.5 (+220)
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
The Vegas Golden Knights will try to stay red hot when they host Colorado on Tuesday. Vegas has scored points in 8 of their last 10 games, giving them 21 on the season which is 3rd best in the NHL.
Of course Colorado is no easy out based solely on their scoring potential, but Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 30 Avalanche shots he faced on Sunday to hand the Avalanche their first shutout of the season.
Colorado being shut out on Sunday was surprising, but maybe not really since the team was playing their first contest in the last 12 days due to COVID cancellations. The Avs understandably looked rusty.
Even though the team is officially ‘back’ from the COVID pause, Gabriel Landeskog and Tyson Jost are two big names that are still on the illness injury report. Cale Makar is also questionable with a lower body injury.
Luckily the Avs are one of the deepest teams in the NHL, and it says something that this game is a -110 toss-up even with all the Colorado injury news. Mikko Rantanen has 7 goals in 12 games, and Nathan Mackinnon is averaging over a point per contest early in the year.
One of the reasons Colorado will likely climb from their 4th place spot in the West is because their defense is much improved so far in this young season. The Avalanche are a top 5 team in goals against, shots against, and penalty kill.
Vegas Golden Knights
Tuesday should be a tough matchup as Colorado has shaken off the rink rust after returning on Sunday. Even after not playing for awhile, they held Vegas to just one goal on 24 shots in the previous meeting.
Usually there aren’t many concerns for a team that has gone 7-2-1 over their last 10, but Vegas scored one goal on Sunday, 3 vs. a bad San Jose team the game before, and were shut out by Arizona the matchup before that.
There’s still incredible value on Vegas in this matchup, as they are 8-1-1 at T-Mobile on the season. The only time the Golden Knights have been listed at even less than -140 on the year is the last two vs. the Avalanche.
Robin Lehner is still on the injury report with an upper body ailment, so it’s likely Marc-Andre Fleury in net for Vegas. Both goaltenders are great, but Fleury has been great ranking 2nd in the league in GAA and save percentage.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Avalanche are 17-8 last 25 road games
- Over is 10-3 in Avalanche last 13 vs. team with a winning record
- Golden Knights are 5-1 last 6 overall
- Over is 6-2 in Golden Knights last 8 home games
- Home team is 7-3 last 10 head to head meetings
Free Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights NHL Prediction:
As stated, there’s value on both teams. The Avalanche should be better in their second game back from a long layoff but Vegas is great at home, and basically overall this season.
Ultimately, you have to go with the Golden Knights playing on their own ice. The possible absences of Landeskog and Makar are huge for Colorado, which would have a tough time even at full strength.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Vegas -110
You don’t get Vegas at this price too often, so when you do it’s a must play especially at home.
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