Vegas Golden Knights (41-24-8) at Colorado Avalanche (44-20-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 3:33 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -115 / Vegas Golden Knights -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche meet Saturday in a round robin NHL contest at the Rogers Place.
The Vegas Golden Knights are 2-0 in the NHL bubble with wins over the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 5.5 goals per game and are scoring on 28.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Vegas with two goals, Nick Cousins has three assists and Nate Schmidt has nine shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up three goals on 27 shots faced and Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed four goals on 17 shots.
The Colorado Avalanche are also 2-0 in the NHL bubble with wins over the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 30 percent of their power play opportunities. Nazem Kadri leads Colorado with one goal, Gabriel Landeskog has two assists and Nathan MacKinnon has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 0.50 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed one goal on 32 shots faced and Pavel Francouz has allowed zero goals on 27 shots.
The Golden Knights are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog, 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. The Avalanche are 4-0 in their last 4 playoff games as a favorite, 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The under is 5-1-1 in Golden Knights last 7 overall. The under is 17-4 in Avalanche last 21 overall. The Golden Knights are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings. The underdog is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Both of these teams appear to be in good form heading into their playoff series, but it's the Colorado Avalanche who have had more success on the defensive side, which includes a shutout over the Stars in their last outing. The Golden Knights have won back to back shutouts and spent a lot of energy in their comeback victory over the Blues. The Avalanche have also won the last four meetings against the Golden Knights, which includes outscoring them 20-7 during that span. Factoring in current form and the history, I'll take the Avalanche and the cheap price.