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The Vegas Golden Knights will travel to the Ball Arena on Thursday night to take on the Colorado Avalanche in a West Division matchup. This will be the fifth time these teams play against one another and they split the four games. These teams play on Thursday and Saturday this week against each other. The Vegas Golden Knights (22-7-1, 45 points) are the top team in the West Division. They are coming off a 5-1 victory over the St Louis Blues on Tuesday. The Colorado Avalanche (20-8-3, 43 points) are right on the Golden Knights’ tails in second place in the West Division. They just got their winning streak snapped as they came off a 5-4 shootout on the road on Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes.
These teams are incredibly stellar on the defensive side of the ice so it will be interesting to see how these offenses can get going. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup to decide where we should be placing our wagers.
Written in Stone
The Vegas Golden Knights have been solid in the early stages of this season and one of the reasons is the play of right winger Mark Stone, who has been playing extremely well to begin the season. There are two players listed on the injury report so the Golden Knights are relatively healthy at this point. He is having a great start to the season and is tied for fifth in the league in points as he has 38 points (12 goals, 26 assists) this season and is red hot as he has recorded seven points in their last five games played. In the last game against the St Louis Blues, he had a great game as he finished with two goals and an assist while attempting three shots in 20:14 on the ice. Stone has shown the ability to be an elite passer and it’ll be time to see if Vegas can figure out how to battle against an incredible goalie situation.
Marc-Andre Fleury and Robin Lehner have split time in the net this season for the Golden Knights and both are playing at an All-Star level. Lehner got the nod in the net for their last game. In the last game against the St Louis Blues, he allowed a goal on just 16 shots for the victory. There has been no announcement of who will be in the net for this upcoming game. Vegas has allowed 67 goals this season, which is second in the league. They have been very good against opposing power plays as they have killed 65-of-77 (84.42 percent) of them so far this season. The Avalanche are a great offense so this will be a chance for the Golden Knights to battle against tough competition.
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The Colorado Avalanche have been great in the early stages of this season and one of the bright spots is the play of right winger Mikko Rantanen, who has been playing extremely well to begin the season. The Avalanche are dealing with four players on the injury report so it will really test their depth. The first round pick back in 2015 is leading the team in points and goals as he is at 38 points (19 goals, 19 assists) this season. He has been playing incredible as he recorded 10 points in the last five games. In the last game against the Arizona Coyotes, he finished with a goal and an assist on three shots in 21:38 on the ice. Rantanen has shown the ability to be a solid passer at times and it’ll be interesting as Vegas has been one of the best defensive teams in the league.
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Philipp Grubauer has been the main goalie for the Colorado Avalanche and has been playing incredibly well so far this season. In his last game against the Arizona Coyotes, he allowed one goal on 25 shots in a win to bring his record to 19-7-0. On the season, he allowed 44 goals on 633 shots. Colorado, as a team, has allowed 71 goals this season, which is third in the league. They have been above league average in power-play goals against (12) and power plays opportunities against (95), so this defense should not be an issue. Vegas has been a top-10 offense team at scoring the puck so this could be a good game for them to battle against a tough opponent.
- Colorado: 6-0 in their last 6 games as a home favorite
- Colorado: 7-1 in their last 8 games
- Vegas: 10-24 in their last 34 games as a road underdog
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
These offenses are on a solid level as the Golden Knights are sixth in the league averaging 3.33 goals per game while Avalanche are second in the league with 3.42 goals per game. Winning faceoffs also give us a good indication of how they can control the puck. Colorado is fifth in the league with 52.5 percent of faceoff wins while Vegas is 17th with 50 percent. The Colorado Avalanche keep winning so go with them to win at home here.
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Full-Game Total Pick
These teams are both in the top-six with goals per game as the Golden Knights are sixth in the league with 3.33 goals per game while the Avalanche is second in the league with 3.42 goals per game. Looking at the last five game totals can give us an indication of where we should be leaning here. Vegas is averaging 5.6 total goals per game in that span while Colorado is averaging 7.8 total goals per game. The over is 3-0-1 in the Golden Knights last four games against teams with a winning record while it also hit in the last five games for the Avalanche. The numbers and trends are all leaning towards over 5.5 goals in this game.