Colorado Avalanche will face Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday evening in the NHL preseason clash. The hosts go to this match after being defeated by Minnesota Wild, and they don’t want to enter the losing streak. The away side was successful in its latest game against Los Angeles Kings, and they want to keep up where they left off.
Colorado hit ice three times so far in the preseason, and they have celebrated only one victory so far. They were better than the Minnesota Wild in their first clash before losing to the same opponent in the next match. On the other hand, the Golden Knights have a 2-2 preseason record. The away side improved after an initial defeat against the Kings and beat the same opponent 4-0 in their latest game.
Colorado Avalanche – Can they repeat a great regular season?
These two teams showed the most in the NHL 2020-21 regular season, and they topped the Western Division. Colorado Avalanche was at the pole position with a 39-13-4 record and went into the post-season full of confidence. They easily saw off St. Louis Blues in the first knockout round, not allowing their rivals to celebrate at least once. However, the Golden Knights stopped them on the next step in a six-game tie, and that is where their Stanley Cup dream fell apart.
The hosts played well in their only home prep game this preseason, beating the Wild 6-4. Justus Annunen has been excellent between the pipes, as he saved 19 of the opponent’s 20 attempts in almost 30 minutes. On the other hand, Darcy Kuemper didn’t enjoy his display, as he conceded three times from 15 shots. Nevertheless, the Avalanche offense did a very good job in that game. Erik Johnson scored twice in Colorado’s winning effort, while Nazem Kadri, Samuel Girard, Sampo Ranta, and Oskar Olausson found the net once each.
Expected Line-Up: Darcy Kuemper, Samuel Girard, Cale Makar, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen
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Vegas Golden Knights – Can they go to the Stanley Cup finals this season?
The Golden Knights had the same number of points as Colorado Avalanche last season, but with a 40-14-2 record in the Western Division. They have been among the most efficient teams in the regular season, while their defense was the best. However, Vegas Golden Knights had troubles in the first knockout round, as they needed seven games to eliminate Minnesota Wild. Nevertheless, they were better in the next round by beating the Avalanche, while Montreal Canadiens stopped them just before the Stanley Cup finals in a six-match tie.
Vegas were better than the Kings in a 4-0 victory last time, which took them to a 2-2 record in this preseason. Laurent Brossoit was unbeatable on the goal, as he managed to stop all 38 opponent attempts during the full 60 minutes of playing time on ice. On the other hand, less than 20 minutes on ice was enough for Danill Miromanov to score two goals, while William Karlsson and Alec Martinez scored a goal each.
Expected Line-Up: Robin Lehner, Alec Martinez, Alex Pietrangelo, Max Pacioretty, Chandler Stephenson, Mark Stone
Expert Pick #1 – Colorado Avalanche to win ML @+115
These two sides showed interesting trends so far in the preseason. They have been winning at the home ice rink while losing all the matches on the road. I’ll stick to these trends in this match as well and back Colorado Avalanche to win as the first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 6 @-104
Both teams have been involved in efficient matches so far in prep games, and I believe we could see another goal galore. Although the margin is a bit higher than usual, I’ll take the Over as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Avalanche & Over 6 @+215
Combining the two picks above, we can generate pretty generous odds. Colorado will play in front of the home crowd, which brings them the advantage, and they should control this match. We could get more than twice our stake if this bet wins.