Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche - 12/23/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Colorado Avalanche (22-11-3) at Vegas Golden Knights (20-13-6)
NHL Hockey: Monday, December 23, 2019 at 10:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights / Colorado Avalanche --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights meet Monday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 21 goals, Cale Makar has 20 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 46 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 56 goals on 641 shots and Pavel Francouz has allowed 29 goals on 441 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or more goals in four of their last seven games.
The Vegas Golden Knights look for another win after winning five of their last seven games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Pacioretty leads Vegas with 15 goals, William Karlsson has 20 assists and Reilly Smith has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 64 goals on 752 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 37 goals on 383 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or less goals in five of their last seven games.
The Avalanche are 5-1 in their last 6 road games, 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 9-4 in their last 13 overall. The Golden Knights are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 3-9 in their last 12 Monday games. The under is 4-1 in Avalanche last 5 road games. The under is 8-1 in Golden Knights last 9 home games. The home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Colorado Avalanche have won the last three meetings against Vegas and have had a field day in those games, winning by a combined score of 13-4. The problem is the Vegas Golden Knights are back in one of those sweet spots where the defense has improved and the points are piling up quickly. Vegas has also had a lot of recent success playing on the ends of back to backs, so I'm not worried about them playing last night. I'm going to ride Vegas until the hot stretch cools off.