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Colorado Avalanche (45-15-5) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (47-17-4)
June 10, 2021 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -140 / Colorado Avalanche +120; Over/Under: -5.5
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The Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights meet Thursday in game six of the West Second Round NHL Playoffs at the T-Mobile Arena. The Avalanche need a win here to save their season and force a game seven on Saturday. The Golden Knights will make their third conference finals for the third time in four years with a victory here.
The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.89 goals per game and are scoring on 39.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with eight goals, Gabriel Landeskog has eight assists and Mikko Rantanen has 30 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.33 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 21 goals on 279 shots faced.
The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 2.83 goals per game and are scoring on 14.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with six goals, William Karlsson has seven assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 44 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.33 goals per game and are killing 74.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up seven goals on 37 shots faced and Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 20 goals on 266 shots.
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The Avalanche are 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 38-15 in their last 53 overall. The Golden Knights are 40-14 in their last 54 home games and 37-16 in their last 53 overall. The over is 4-1 in Avalanche last 5 overall. The over is 12-5 in Golden Knights last 17 Thursday games. The favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
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The Avs were the better team this season and looked like they were going to cruise in this series. However, the Golden Knights have had every answer in the last three games. Vegas has been much cleaner offensively and the defense has picked up, especially with Fleury in net. We know just how good the Golden Knights are at home and that crowd plays a role this time of year as well. While everybody likes to see a game seven, I’m not stepping in front of Vegas in this spot.
The Golden Knights make their third conference final in franchise history.
Randy Chambers’s Free Pick:
Vegas Golden Knights -140