The NHL is set up with another great slate of games on February 16. Six games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these games will be between the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights. These two teams have been solid so far this season, which should lead to a good game. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time on NHL Network.
Colorado has opened up this season with a record of 7-4-1, which has them in the third seed in the West Division. The Avalanche have the Anaheim Ducks and the Arizona Coyotes right behind them in the standings and will look to strengthen that lead with a win. Colorado lost their first game back after missing twelve days due to COVID-19 and will look to bounce back in this one.
The Golden Knights have posted a record of 10-2-1 throughout the season, which has them in the top spot in the West Division. Vegas is one point ahead of the St. Louis Blues and will look to grab another win in this one. The Golden Knights have won back to back games and five of their last six. Vegas will look to keep up this hot streak with a win in this one.
These two teams have gotten out to fast starts in the West, but it is Vegas who is at the top of the division. The Avalanche are coming back after an extended break and will look to get the offense going in this one. This game will be the second half of a back to back, which should bump up the intensity on Tuesday night. I expect a great game between these two teams.
The Avalanche and the Golden Knights met up three times throughout last season. The first games was in Vegas on October 25. William Karlsson scored for the Golden Knights, but it was not enough. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare had a goal and two assists, while Matt Calvert scored twice. Nazem Kadri potted two goals as well as Colorado earned a 6-1 win.
The second game of the season series stayed in Vegas on December 23. William Carrier, Max Paccioretty and Ryan Reaves all scored, but the Golden Knights came up short again. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare had two goals, while Valeri Nichushkin had a goal and an assist. J.T. Compher and Nathan MacKinnon both had two assists to lead the Avalanche to a 7-3 win.
The final game of last season’s series was during the seeding round on August 8. J.T. Compher had a goal and an assist, while Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen each had two assists. This time Colorado came up short. Jonathan Marchessault scored twice, while Shea Theodore had two assists. Alex Tuch had the game winner in overtime to give Vegas a 4-3 win.
The first game of this season’s series was on February 14 in Vegas. Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced, but it was not enough to give the Avalanche the win. Max Paccioretty scored the lone goal in the second period for the Golden Knights. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 30 shots he faced to lift Vegas to a 1-0 win.
The Avalanche’s special teams has been dangerous throughout this season. Colorado has been able to capitalize on 14 of their 53 power play chances, which is a 26.4 percent success rate. The Avalanche have given up 4 goals on opposing teams 42 power play attempts, which is a 90.5 percent penalty kill. Colorado will look to use special teams to their advantage in this one.
Vegas has been solid on both sides of special teams this season. The Golden Knights have scored on 8 of their 43 power play opportunities, which is an 18.6 percent power play. Vegas have killed off 33 of the 39 penalties against them, which is an 84.6 percent kill rate. The Golden Knights will look to step up a bit on the power play in this one.
Colorado has the edge on special teams in this one. The Avalanche have dominated throughout the season on both sides of special teams. Vegas will look to step up a bit on the power play in this one as they look to knock off Colorado. If the Golden Knights can neutralize the Avalanche’s power play, it could give them the edge in this one.
I expect Philipp Grubauer to get the start in the crease for Colorado in this one. Grubauer has started in 10 games this season, going 7-3 in those starts. He has posted a .937 save percentage and a GAA of 1.61 in those games. Grubauer’s last start was against Vegas, where he turned away 23 of 24 shots in the losing effort.
Robin Lehner will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Golden Knights on Tuesday. Lehner has earned a record of 3-1-1 throughout his 5 starts this season. He has put up a save percentage of .890 and a 2.96 GAA in those games. Lehner finished with 29 saves on 32 shots in his last start against the Los Angeles Kings.
These two goalies have been solid to start out this season, but Grubauer has had a better start overall. The Avalanche will look for him to have another strong performance in this one. He had a great game on Sunday night, but Colorado’s offense could not get going. I expect the Avalanche to put a lot of pressure on early as they look to grab the win.
These two teams have had strong starts to this season, but it has been the Golden Knights who are in the top spot of the West. Vegas was able to shut out the Avalanche on Sunday night and Colorado will look to get going quickly in this one. The Avalanche have a big edge on special teams and in net, which they will look to propel them to the win.
BetOnline has Vegas listed as a -106 against the money line in this one. This gives a very slight edge to the Golden Knights on Tuesday night. I agree with this line being very close to even. These two teams are top dogs in the West Division, which should lead to a good game. I think Colorado will come out better in this one after failing to find the back of the net on Sunday.