Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights - 2/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights - 2/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Vegas Golden Knights (29-18-4) vs Colorado Avalanche (37-10-4)

Game Info: Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 10:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

Betting Odds: Vegas Golden Knights +105 / Colorado Avalanche -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Vegas Golden Knights host the Colorado Avalanche in Saturday NHL Action.

The Colorado Avalanche come into this road contest with an overall record of 37-10-4. Through 51 games, the Avalanche are 1st in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 204 times, good for a rank of 2nd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Colorado is the 10th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.82 goals per game. So far, the Avalanche have a strength of schedule rating of 29th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 3rd ranked team in the NHL.

The Vegas Golden Knights get set to host the Colorado Avalanche with an overall record of 29-18-4. This mark places them 2nd in the Pacific division. Through 51 games, the Golden Knights have scored 169 goals, giving them an average of 3.24. This output gives them a rank of 13th among NHL teams. On defense, Vegas is the 16th ranked unit, giving up 2.92 goals per contest. So far, the Golden Knights have played the 4th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Vegas's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 10th in the NHL.

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Through 51 games, the Colorado Avalanche's leading goal scorer is Mikko Rantanen. With his 35 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 61. On the season, he is turning 15.1% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Avalanche have benefited from the strong play of Nazem Kadri, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Colorado's 51 games, he has come up with 22 goals on a shooting percentage of 13.3%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 21 Colorado's top goalie is Darcy Kuemper, who is giving up an average of 2.47 goals per game. In his 36 games played, he has turned in 21 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 51 games, Vegas' leading goal scorer is Jonathan Marchessault. With his 20 goals and 15 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 35. On the season, he is turning 13.2% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Golden Knights have benefited from the strong play of Chandler Stephenson, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Vegas's 51 games, he has come up with 13 goals on a shooting percentage of 18.1%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +4.0. Vegas's top goalie is Robin Lehner, who is giving up an average of 2.86 goals per game. In his 34 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 44% percent of the time.

In Colorado's 51 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 29-19-2. So far, taking the over when the Avalanche are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 15-8-1. On the season, 67.0% of Colorado's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 57% of the scoring coming from the Avalanche. In Vegas's 51 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 29-20-2. So far, taking the over when the Golden Knights are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 17-10-1. On the season, 61.0% of Vegas's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Golden Knights. Look for this game to finish above the line of 5.5 goals.

 

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