Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights Matchup Preview

Matching up for the third and final time this season, the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights collide at T-Mobile Arena in a Western Conference tilt. Altitude Sports & Entertainment will broadcast the matchup, which gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on Monday, March 26.

Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Vegas enters the game as the substantial favorite with a -175 moneyline. The line for Colorado sits at +155, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -120 under, +100 over.

Earning 16.5 units for moneyline bettors, the Golden Knights are 47-28 straight up (SU) overall in the 2017-18 season. Among its 75 games this season, 38 have gone over the total, while 35 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 26-11 SU at home this year.

Vegas has converted on 21.7 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for ninth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.6 percent of all penalties.

As a team, Vegas has been penalized just 3.2 times per game overall this season, 3.4 per game over its past five contests total, and 3.0 per game over its last five at home. The team has had to stave off opposition power plays for just 6.4 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, in total.

Averaging 28.0 saves per game with a .930 save percentage, Marc-Andre Fleury (27-15-4) has been the primary option in goal for the Golden Knights this season. If they choose to give him a rest, however, it may roll with Malcolm Subban (13-5-5 record, .917 save percentage, 2.51 goals against average).

Jonathan Marchessault and David Perron will both lead the offensive attack for the Golden Knights. Marchessault (69 points) is up to 24 goals and 45 assists and has recorded two or more points on 20 different occasions this year. Perron has 16 goals and 50 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 46 games.

Colorado is 41-34 straight up (SU) and has earned 12.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 39 of its contests have gone over the total, while 29 have gone under and just seven have pushed. Colorado’s 15-22 SU as an away team this season.

Colorado has converted on 21.1 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked third overall and it’s successfully killed off 83.9 percent of all opponent power plays.

Colorado’s players have been penalized 4.0 times per game in total this season, and 2.8 per game over their past five match ups. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 8.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Semyon Varlamov (.919 save percentage and 2.73 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Colorado. Varlamov is averaging 28.8 saves per game and has 25 wins, 24 losses, and six OT losses to his credit.

Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Avalanche will be Nathan MacKinnon, who’s got 38 goals and 54 assists this season.

Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in four of Vegas’ last five outings.
  • Penalties and power plays could be key in tonight’s matchup. The Avalanche are 18-13 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 26-23 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The
  • Golden Knights are 17-11 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 36-18 when total penalty minutes are in the single digits.
  • Two of Vegas’ last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 3-3 overall in shootouts this year.
  • One of the best at pressuring their opponents, Vegas is ranked 3rd in the league with 10.4 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower, however, as the team has created 6.7 takeaways over its last 10 games and 7.8 takeaways over its last five.
  • Colorado has managed 6.0 takeaways per game over its last five road games, its season average of 6.5 takeaways per game (ranked 21st overall).
  • Vegas might hold the upper hand if this one comes down to the wire. The team’s 19-14 in games decided by one goal, while Colorado is 11-13 in such games.