2021-02-23
Vegas Golden Knights
Colorado Avalanche
League : NHL

Colorado Avalanche vs Vegas Golden Knights Prediction & Preview



 

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In a West Division battle, the Vegas Golden Knights will take on the Colorado Avalanche. Vegas has a record of 10-3-1. The Avalanche are 8-4-1. These two teams have faced each other twice this season with each team winning a game.

Golden Knights Coming off Loss

The Golden Knights are coming off a 3-2 loss against the Avalanche on Tuesday night. William Karlsson had two assists. Max Pacioretty and Jonathan Marchessault each scored a goal. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 out of 25 shots faced.

 

Defense and goaltending have been tremendous for the Golden Knights. They have given up one goal or less in three of the last four games. The team ranks second in goals against per game and shots against per game, fourth in shot differential per game, and sixth in opponent shooting % and save %. Marc-Andre Fleury has been terrific in net. He has a 7-2-0 record with a 1.56 GAA and a .937 SV%. Among goalies, Fleury ranks second in GAA and is tied for second in shutouts.

The Golden Knights have been decent on offense this season. They rank 13th in goals per game, 15th in shots per game, 12th in shooting %, and third in scoring efficiency ratio. However, their offense has been trending downwards as of late. They have scored two goals or less in three of the last four games.

Avalanche off a Win

The Avalanche are coming off a 3-2 victory against the Golden Knights on Tuesday night. Joonas Donskoi had two assists. Brandon Saad, Nazem Kadri, and Nathan MacKinnon each scored a goal. Philipp Grubauer was solid in net, stopping 27 out of 29 shots faced.

 

Defense and goaltending have been excellent for the Avalanche. The team ranks first in goals against per game, second in opponent shooting % and save %, and third in shots against per game and shot differential per game. They have given up two goals or less in five of their last six games. Philipp Grubauer has been terrific between the pipes, giving up two goals or less in his last five starts. Grubauer has a 8-3-0 record with a 1.64 GAA and a .936 SV%.

Offense has been trending in the wrong direction lately for Colorado. They have scored three goals or less in five of the last six games. The team ranks 12th in goals per game, 10th in shots per game, 14th in shooting %, and second in scoring efficiency ratio. The Avs are too talented on offense and will turn it around offensively with MacKinnon as their star player.





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