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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche
NHL: Monday, February 18, 2019, Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, 9:00 PM ET
The Western Conference showdown from Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, will see the Vegas Golden Knights going against the Colorado Avalanche. These two foes will meet each other for the second time this season, and the Golden Knights lead the series after a 2-1 win at home back in December. Vegas is currently the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference with 68 points, while Colorado is 11 points behind at the 11th spot.
The Golden Knights look for their third straight win on the road
The Vegas Golden Knights (32-24-4) have been playing in a poor form lately, winning just three of their last ten games overall. They’ve just finished a four-game streak on the home ice, recording three losses and one win over the Nashville Predators 5-1 last time out. On the other side, the Golden Knights have won six of their previous nine outings away from home including the previous two road matchups with the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in a shootout and the Detroit Red Wings 4-3.
The experienced goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has started in six of Vegas’ last seven games, while he has a 29-18-4 record this season with 2.61 GAA and .908 save percentage. Center Jonathan Marchessault is Vegas leading goalscorer, netting 19 times in 60 outings, also adding 21 assists to his name. The winger Alex Tuch has 42 points on his account, bagging 16 goals and 26 assists, while center William Karlsson has scored 18 goals and 20 assists thus far. The Golden Knights are 15th in the league in goals per game (2.97) and 7th in goals against (2.80), while their penalty kill percentage is the 5th-best in the league (82.9).
The Avalanche seeks to avoid its seventh straight loss at home
The Colorado Avalanche (23-24-11) has been struggling to perform at a high level recently, winning only once in their previous ten games overall. Also, the Avalanche has dropped six consecutive games on the home ice, allowing 4.67 goals per contest during that span. Colorado is coming off a 3-0 home loss to the St. Louis Blues, conceding all three goals in the final period and failing to take advantage of five power plays during the game. Still, the Avalanche is just three points behind the No. 8 seed Minnesota Wild.
Goalie Semyon Varlamov has started in Colorado’s last six matchups, and he has a 14-15-8 record this season with 2.91 GAA and .906 save percentage. The winger Mikko Rantanen has 76 points on his account, scoring 24 goals and 52 assists in 58 apps this term. Center Nathan MacKinnon has scored 29 goals and 46 assists, while the winger Gabriel Landeskog is the team’s top goalscorer, netting 30 times in 58 appearances. The Avalanche is 10th in the league in goals per game (3.21) and 25th in goals against (3.29), while Colorado’s power play percentage is 8th-best in the league (22.4).
- 2-6 in the last eight home meetings with the Pacific Division
- 6-14 in the last 20 games at home
- Over is 4-3 in the last seven games overall
Vegas Golden Knights:
- 5-3 in the last eight road meetings with the Central Division
- 12-8 in the last 20 games on the road
- Over is 5-0 in the last five games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Colorado is in a serious crisis, winning just four of its last 20 games overall, but the Avalanche is still in the mix for the playoff spot in the West. After six straight losses in front of the home audience, Jared Bednar’s boys should be highly motivated to break out of their funk and beat the reigning Western Conference champions. The Golden Knights are playing in a poor form, too, so I’m backing the hosts to earn a valuable victory tonight.
Prediction: Colorado Avalanche (+115)
Full-Game Total Pick
While Colorado is scoring a lot and conceding even more, it’s the opposite case with Vegas on the other side. Still, the over has hit in Vegas’ last five games, and four of those five contests had at least seven goals in the total. Two of the last three head-to-head duels had six or more goals on the scoreboard and four of Colorado’s last five games at Pepsi Center were finished in the over, so I’m going with the over on this one, hoping the Golden Knights’ streak will continue in a favorable matchup with the Avalanche.
Prediction: Over 5.5 goals (-120)
Full-Game Prop Bet
Colorado was leading after the 1st period in three of its last five games overall along with a couple of ties. On the other side, Vegas has won the 1st period twice in its last five outings along with a couple of losses and a tie. Both teams are playing well during the 1st period, so this one could easily go either way or finish in a tie. However, I hope Colorado’s unbeaten streak will continue, as the Avalanche is playing in front of the home audience.
Prediction: 3-Way: Colorado Avalanche (+215)
Half-Time Side Pick
The Golden Knights have scored 52 first-period goals thus far, allowing 45 in a return which is 1.62 goals per period. On the other side, the Avalanche has bagged 48 first-period goals, surrendering 53 in a return which is 1.74 goals per period. Both teams have been more efficient late in the game, so I’m backing the under in the 1st period. Three of Colorado’s last five games and four of Vegas’ last five games had fewer than 2 first-period goals in the total.
Prediction: Under 1.5 goals (+105)