The NHL is set up with another great slate of games throughout Wednesday night. Seven games will be up on the board throughout the evening of April 28. One of these matchups will be between the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big two points. This game will drop the puck at around 9:30 PM Eastern on NBCSN.
Colorado has posted a record of 31-11-4 throughout this season, which has them sitting in second place of the West Division. The Avalanche are only one point ahead of the third seeded Minnesota Wild and will look to hold on to the second seed. Colorado has lost back to back entering this one. The Avalanche will try to get back on track with a win on Wednesday night.
The Golden Knights have put up a record of 34-11-2 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in the top spot of the West Division. Vegas has a nice four point lead on the Avalanche and will look to extend it in this one. The Golden Knights have won nine games in a row. Vegas will look to keep the winning streak alive in this meeting.
These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big two points in the race for the top spot in the division. The Avalanche have struggled a bit as of late, while Vegas has been really hot in their last nine. The Golden Knights can really extend their lead to a comfortable amount with a win in this one.
The Avalanche and the Golden Knights have met up six times so far this season. Vegas hosted the first two games on February 14 and 16. Max Pacioretty scored the lone goal in the first game, while Marc-Andre Fleury had a 30 shot shutout in a 1-0 win for the Golden Knights. Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist in the second game as Colorado won 3-2.
The next two games of the season series were on February 20 and 22. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists in the third game on Lake Tahoe to lift the Avalanche to a 3-2 win. Alex Tuch had two goals and William Karlsson had two assists in the fourth game. Fleury stopped all 34 shots he faced to lift Vegas to a 3-0 win on the road.
Colorado hosted the fifth and sixth game of the season series on March 25 and 27. J.T. Compher, Gabriel Landeskog and Cale Makar all had a goal and an assist if the fifth game to give the Avalanche a 5-1 win. Max Pacioretty scored a goal and an assist in the sixth game to help lift the Golden Knights to a 3-2 win in overtime.
These two teams have been back and forth throughout the season series. Each team has won three games, with a slight edge going to the Avalanche with an extra point in overtime. Both teams will look to get the leg up with a fourth win in this one. If either team can control the pace early, it could be enough to earn the big two points on Wednesday night.
Colorado has been strong on both sides of special teams throughout this season. The Avalanche have capitalized on 42 of their 175 power play chances, which is a 24 percent success rate. Colorado has killed off 123 of their opponents 150 power play attempts, which is an 82 percent penalty kill. The Avalanche will look to keep up their special teams success in this one.
The Golden Knights have not been great on the power play so far this season. Vegas has scored on 26 of their 143 power play opportunities, which is an 18.2 percent power play. The Golden Knights have been much stronger on the penalty kill though. Vegas has given up 17 power play goals on 122 penalties against, which is an 86.1 percent kill rate.
The Avalanche have a slight edge on special teams with their power play this season. Colorado has taken a lot of penalties though this season and will need to stay out of the box in this one. The Golden Knights will look to keep Colorado’s power play scoreless in this one as they try to gain the edge in this matchup. If either team can score with the man advantage, it could be enough to grab the win.
Devan Dubnyk will likely get the start in the net for the Avalanche on Wednesday night. Dubnyk has gone 2-1 with Colorado since joining at the trade deadline, but has gone 5-10-2 this season overall. He has posted a .900 save percentage and a GAA of 3.04 with the Avalanche. Dubnyk’s last start was against the Blues, where he stopped 25 of 29 shots in the loss.
I expect Marc-Andre Fleury to get the nod in the crease for Vegas in this one. Fleury has started in 31 games this season, going 21-10 through those games played. He has put up a save percentage of .926 and a 2.04 GAA. Fleury finished with 31 saves on 33 shots in his last start against the San Jose Sharks, which was enough for the win.
These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Dubnyk has not been great, but will look to bounce back in this one. Fleury has continued to step up big for the Golden Knights when they need him. If either goalie can get into a groove early, it could be enough to grab a win in this one.
Vegas has been much hotter as of late and will look to keep up that trend against the Avalanche. Colorado has lot two in a row entering this matchup, but I think they could bounce back on Wednesday night. The Golden Knights have the better goalie in this game, but if the Avalanche put pressure on Fleury early, they could build a strong lead.
BetOnline has Vegas listed as a -119 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Golden Knights will win this game around 54.3 percent of the time. I agree with this line as Vegas is at home and playing really well as of late. I think that Colorado could come out strong after back to back losses though. As underdogs, I am taking the Avalanche to pull off the upset.