Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Avalanche vs. Golden Knights NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(39-13-4) (2-3) Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights (40-14-2) (3-2)
Date: Thursday, June 10th, 2021
Time: 9:00pm ET
Venue: T-Mobile Arena in Vegas
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Avalanche +120 Golden Knights -140
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Avalanche +1.5 -210 Golden Knights -1.5 +180
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
Thursday night will bring us game 6 in the only second round series still to be decided. Vegas will be looking to close out the series and home, while Colorado will be desperate to extend the series to a game 7.
Vegas Golden Knights
To no one’s surprise, the Golden Knights continue to compete at a high level. Closing out game five in overtime after coming back from 2-0 in the third period has put them in an excellent position. They will be looking to knock out the juggernaut that is the Avalanche and avoid a game 7, and they get the opportunity to do it in front of their home crowd.
Vegas has gotten some surprise performances out of their second line so far in these play-offs. William Karlsson is their points leader with 10, and Jonathan Marchessault is their leading goal scorer with 6 goals. Obviously, we knew these players were excellent forwards, but they are leading the team where we might expect to see Mark Stone, or Max Pacioretty. Having two explosive top lines has proven to be a challenge for Colorado to contain so far.
At the other end of the ice, Marc Andre Fleury continues to be excellent. His numbers have fallen off a little bit since the first round, but that is to be expected given the team he is playing against has some elite talent up front that we will cover shortly. Fleury is still good for a .925 save percentage in the play-offs and a 1.81 goals against average.
One area Vegas will be looking to improve on is special teams. Colorado’s power play and penalty kill have just been better so far in the series. Special teams were a strength for Vegas in the regular season, so they will be trying to return to that form in game 6.
It’s do or die time for the Avalanche. They were Stanley Cup favourites heading into these play-offs, but that is all on the brink now. Colorado has had some disappointing play-offs in the last few seasons, and it’s starting to look like a trend.
Nathan MacKinnon is leading his team in both goals and points, to no one’s particular shock, but the Avs are also relying on performances out of Landeskog, Rantanen, and Makar who are all a point a game or more. It’s the depth of the Avalanche who could make or break this series, and should they hang on to force a game 7, they will be getting help in that department from a returning Nazem Kadri who was suspended for 8 games right at the start of the play-offs.
In net for the Avalanche, Philipp Grubauer has also been excellent, posting the exact same save percentage as Fleury: a .925. We will have to wait and see if see the team in front of him is able to get it done.
NHL Betting Trends
- Colorado are 11-3 SU in their last 14 games.
- Colorado are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games on the road.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Colorado’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Vegas.
- Vegas are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Vegas’ last 13 games against Colorado.
- Vegas are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home.
Free Colorado Avalanche vs Vegas Golden Knights NHL Prediction:
This game could go either way, and despite being the underdogs, the statistics suggest that Colorado has been the better team so far in this series. That’s why I’ll be taking the Avalanche on the moneyline. Good luck!
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Moneyline +120
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