Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights - 6/4/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Vegas Golden Knights (44-17-4) vs Colorado Avalanche (45-13-4)
Game Info: Friday, June 4, 2021 at 10:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
Betting Odds: Vegas Golden Knights -115 / Colorado Avalanche +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Colorado Avalanche will head on the road to face the Vegas Golden Knights in game 3 of their second round series in the NHL West Conference playoffs. Colorado won the second game 3-2 in overtime and has a 2-0 series lead.
The Avalanche have now won 6 straight in the playoffs after their win in game 2. They were outshot by 16 in the game but managed to seal it in OT on a goal from Rantanen. Philipp Grubauer has started all 6 games for the Avalanche; he has dominated with a 1.66 GAA and .943 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 has opened the series with 4 points. Colorado owns a league best +3.3 scoring differential this postseason.
Vegas has now lost 4 of their last 5 in the playoffs and will look to avoid a 3-0 deficit in this series. They have not been scoring a lot of goals, averaging just 2.20 goals per game over the last 5 games. Mark Stone has been their leading scorer all season but has been held scoreless in this series. Fleury returned to net in game 2; he was 4-3 with a respectable 2.14 goals allowed per game against Vegas during the regular season but allowed 3 goals on 25 shots in their loss. Vegas has struggled on the power play this postseason, converting on just 15% of their chances.
Vegas is 23-6-3 at home this season, 30-35 ATS, and the over is 32-31.
Colorado is 19-9-2 on the road this season, 30-32 ATS, and the over is 31-30.
Vegas showed some life by forcing overtime in game 2 but fell short in extra time. They were able to control the puck by keeping it in Colorado’s zone, but could not convert. Philip Grubauer has played lights out all year for Colorado and that has continued in the playoffs. Vegas’s Fleury has not been playing his best hockey of late and has had some minor injuries that could be playing a factor for him in net. The Avalanche are arguably the most talented team in the league and are playing great hockey right now. Back Colorado.