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The Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights meet Wednesday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena. The Colorado Avalanche look for a win after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Vegas Golden Knights look for a win after splitting their last 12 games.
The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 4.1 goals per game and are scoring on 24.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with 24 goals, Nazem Kadri has 42 assists and Nathan MacKinnon has 140 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Darcy Kuemper has allowed 76 goals on 928 shots faced, and Jonas Johansson has allowed 24 goals on 200 shots.
The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with 20 goals, Chandler Stephenson has 26 assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 95 goals on 1,018 shots faced, and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 37 goals on 388 shots.
The Avalanche are 9-1 in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest and 66-23 in their last 89 overall. The Golden Knights are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The under is 4-0 in Avalanche last 4 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Golden Knights last 5 overall. The Avalanche are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Vegas and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings.
The Vegas Golden Knights are usually moneymakers at home, and they should have the edge here with the rest advantage. However, we’re getting the Colorado Avalanche, probably the best team in the league, at a pick em price, something you’re not going to get much this season. Also, the Avs haven’t lost back to back games since November 3-6. I have to side with the Avalanche here based on the value.