Vegas Golden Knights at Colorado Avalanche - 6/2/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Colorado Avalanche (44-13-4) vs Vegas Golden Knights (44-17-3)
Game Info: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Ball Arena)
Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -233 / Vegas Golden Knights +184 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Colorado Avalanche will host the Vegas Golden Knights in game 2 of their second round series in the NHL West Conference playoffs. Colorado cruised to a 7-1 victory in game 1.
The Avalanche have now won 5 straight in the playoffs after their win in game 1. They managed to outshoot the Golden Knights 37-25 and have outshot their opponents by an average of 9.4 per game in the playoffs. Philipp Grubauer has started all 5 games for the Avalanche; he has dominated with a 1.60 GAA and .941 save percentage thus far. He was 4-2-1 with a 1.86 GAA against Vegas in the regular season. Nathan MacKinnon led the team with 6 points against Vegas in the regular season and opened the series with a 2-goal game. Colorado owns a league best +3.8 scoring differential this postseason.
Vegas has now lost 3 of their last 4 in the playoffs and will look to avoid a 2-0 deficit in this series. They have not been scoring a lot of goals, averaging just 2.25 goals per game over the last 4 games. Mark Stone has been their leading scorer all season but was held scoreless in game one. Robin Lenner got his first start of the playoffs in game one and was ineffective. They will likely make the switch back to Fleury in game 2; he was 4-3 with a respectable 2.14 goals allowed per game against Vegas during the regular season. Vegas has struggled on the power play this postseason, converting on just 11.8% of their chances.
Vegas is 21-11 on the road this season, 29-35 ATS, and the over is 32-30.
Colorado is 25-4-2 at home this season, 30-31 ATS, and the over is 31-29.
Colorado opened the playoffs as one of the favorites to win it all, and they have played up to those expectations. They have been even better at home, outscoring their opponents by 4 goals per game and outshooting them by 13. Vegas appears to be fading at the wrong time and will need a spark to turn things around. I do not expect them to figure that out in Colorado. Give me the Avalanche to cover.