Saturday will mark the most picturesque setting in the history of sports. The Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche will meet on a rink set on the banks of Lake Tahoe, under the snow-capped mountains and pine trees of the surrounding area. Most important of all, Bridgestone NHL Outdoors Saturday offers a potential West Division playoff preview. Colorado and Vegas are high-octane attack offense hockey teams. They don’t sit back and suffocate excitement. Both clubs are deep and skilled. Saturday’s matchup has it all.
Bridgestone NHL Outdoors Saturday
NHL Betting: Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche
When: Saturday, February 20, 2021, 3 p.m. ET
Where: Edgewood Tahoe Resort, Stateline, Nevada
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Golden Knights vs. Avalanche Bookmaker Odds Analysis
Since joining the NHL in 2017, the Golden Knights have been one of the most popular NHL board brands. As the first major league team from Sin City, the gambling community quickly embraced the Golden Knights. Feeding into that is the fact that Vegas has been an instant National Hockey League winner. Colorado will draw plenty of sharp money. Typically, the Avalanche are expensive favorites for most games. But against the Golden Knights, Colorado will get a much more affordable price.
Golden Knights Lead West Division
The Golden Knights have won five of their last seven games. Vegas has gone under the total in their previous four matchups. Vegas is coming off a 3-2 home loss to Colorado. Vegas has a record of 10-3-1 with 8-6 over the total. The Golden Knights lead the West Division. Vegas ranks 14th in the NHL for goal scoring, 18th for the power play, 3rd for goals against, and 5th for the penalty kill.
Avalanche Opened Season as Top Stanley Cup Favorite
Colorado also has the hot hand with five wins in their last seven games. Four of their last six games have gone under the total. The Avalanche has a record of 8-4-1 with 5-8 under the total. Colorado is in third place in the West Division, four points behind the Golden Knights. NHL metrics have Colorado ranked 12th for goal scoring, 12th for the power play, 2nd for goals against, and 2nd for penalty killing.
The Vegas Golden Knights are led by right wing Mark Stone’s four goals, 12 assists, and plus-seven. Left wing Max Pacioretty has a team-best eight goals along with five assists and a plus-six. Defenseman Shea Theodore adds three goals, eight assists, and a plus-seven.
Center Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with three goals, 12 assists, and a plus-seven. Defenseman Cale Makar adds one goal, 11 assists, and a plus-nine. Right wing Mikko Rantanen leads the Avalanche with seven goals, four assists, and a plus-four.
Vegas icon and top goaltender Marc Andre Fleury has a .936 save percentage with a 1.56 goals against average and two shutouts. Backup Robin Lehner has slumped to a .889 save percentage after winning the number one job season.
Colorado’s top goaltender, Philipp Grubauer, has a .936 save percentage, 1.64 goals against average, and two shutouts.
Avalanche vs. Golden Knights Head-to-Head Series Stats
Colorado has won five of their last seven games against the Golden Knights. This past week the Golden Knights and Avalanche split their first two meetings of the season. Vegas won the first game 1-0. And then the Avalanche rebounded with a 3-2 win on Tuesday. Both games went under the total and took place in Vegas.
Avalanche vs. Golden Knights Bookmaker Free Pick
Vegas is better than they have shown against Colorado in recent games. The Golden Knights roll four lines effectively throughout their games. And then Fleury is a dominant goaltender in good form that will thrive in this high-profile matchup
Bookmaker Best Bet: Vegas Golden Knights
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