Avalanche vs. Golden Knights: Expert Pick, Odds, and Analysis, 02/27/23

Avalanche vs. Golden Knights: Expert Pick, Odds, and Analysis, 02/27/23

 

Odds

Time 2:00 p.m. EST
Avalanche money line -131
Avalanche spread -1.5 (+175)
Golden Knights money line +119
Golden Knights spread +1.5 (-205)
Over / under 6

 

2021-2022 season stats

  Colorado Avalanche Las Vegas Golden Knights
Record 33-19-5 35-18-6
Road / home record 15-9-4 17-5-5
Streak W5 L1
Goals per game 3.12 3.20
Goals allowed per game 2.70 2.72
Shots per game 35.5 34.7
Shots allowed per game 26.5 26.2
PP % 20.6% 18.10%
PK % 18.22% 20.80%
Over / under record 21-34-2 23-32-4
 

Preview

On February 27, 2023, the Colorado Avalanche will host the Vegas Golden Knights at the Ball Arena in Denver. This is going to be an exciting matchup between two teams that are both playing great hockey at the moment.

 

Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche have been one of the most dominant teams in the NHL this season, boasting a powerful offense and solid goaltending. They are currently in fourth place in the Central Division, and with just a few games left in the regular season, they will be looking to finish strong and secure a spot in the playoffs.

Offensively, the Avalanche are a force to be reckoned with, boasting an impressive lineup that includes Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, and Cale Makar. MacKinnon has been one of the team's standout players this season, with 19 goals and 48 assists. Rantanen has also been impressive, with 29 goals and 31 assists. Makar has been sidelined with a concussion, but he is expected to return soon, and his return will provide a massive boost to the team's defense.

Defensively, the Avalanche have been a solid unit this season, ranking 11th in goals allowed per game. They have also been one of the top penalty-killing teams in the league, with a success rate of 83.9%. Philipp Grubauer has been a key player for the Avalanche this season, with a record of 24-12-3, a 2.25 goals-against average, and a .923 save percentage. With Grubauer's solid play in the net, the Avalanche have a good chance of limiting the Golden Knights' offensive production.

The Colorado Avalanche currently sit at third place in the Central Division, and with their talented roster, they are poised to make a significant run in the season's final stretch. As the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the team is no stranger to success, and it would not be surprising to see the Avalanche catch up to the Stars and take the division lead. Although they trail Dallas by eight points, the team's strong offense and solid goaltending make them a formidable opponent for any team in the league.

In summary, the Colorado Avalanche have been performing well lately, with their offense steadily improving and their goaltending proving to be a significant asset. With the likes of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, and Cale Makar leading the way, the Avalanche have the talent and skill to make a deep playoff run this season. 

Las Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights have been one of the most consistent teams in the league this season, currently sitting in first place in the Pacific Division with a record of 35-18-5. They have been solid on both ends of the ice, scoring 187 goals while allowing just 161, giving them a +26 goal differential.

Chandler Stephenson has been a key player for the Golden Knights this season, with 12 goals and 37 assists. Despite missing some time due to injury, Mark Stone has been another standout player for Vegas, with 15 goals and 23 assists in just 35 games. Unfortunately, Stone is expected to miss this game due to a back injury.

In net, Robin Lehner has been a solid presence for the Golden Knights with a 16-7-2 record, a 2.31 goals against average (GAA), and a .921 save percentage. However, Lehner is currently out with a hip injury and is not expected to play in this game. That means Marc-Andre Fleury will likely get the start in net for the Golden Knights. Fleury has been outstanding this season, with a 19-11-3 record, a 2.16 GAA, and a .923 save percentage.

Overall, the Golden Knights have been a well-rounded team this season with solid contributions from their offense, defense, and goaltending. However, they will be facing a tough opponent in the Colorado Avalanche, and will need to be at their best to come away with a win.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Vegas are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games.

Vegas are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games against Colorado.

The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Vegas' last 11 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Vegas' last 6 games when playing on the road against Colorado.

Colorado are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado's last 5 games against Vegas.

Colorado are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games at home.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado's last 6 games when playing at home against Vegas.

 

Prediction

The matchup between the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche is shaping up to be a closely contested battle. Both teams are playing excellent hockey and have been among the best in the league this season.

The Avalanche have been on a roll lately, winning five straight games and playing some of their best hockey of the season. Their offense has been firing on all cylinders, with Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon leading the way. Meanwhile, their defense and goaltending have been solid, with Darcy Kuemper playing exceptionally well in net.

The Golden Knights, on the other hand, have been one of the most consistent teams in the league all season long. They have been solid on both ends of the ice, with Chandler Stephenson and Mark Stone leading the way on offense, and Marc-Andre Fleury playing outstanding in net.

Despite both teams playing great defense, the Avalanche have been scoring more goals lately and have been one of the hottest teams in the league. However, the Golden Knights are also a strong offensive team and have a solid goaltender in Fleury.

Overall, this is shaping up to be a closely contested battle between two of the best teams in the league. While either team could come away with a win, the under may be the best play as both teams have been playing great defense lately. Therefore, the final prediction for this game is a low-scoring affair with a final score of 2-1 in favor of the Avalanche but the best play is the under.

 

PICK: Under 6 (-116)

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