Vegas Golden Knights (22-8-1) at Colorado Avalanche (21-8-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Ball Arena)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -160 / Vegas Golden Knights +144 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche meet in NHL action from the Ball Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to rebound from a 5-1 loss at the hands of Colorado last time out. Mark Stone leads the Golden Knights in scoring with 39 points including 12 goals and a team-high 27 assists while Max Pacioretty has 31 points with a team-high 17 goals and a team-high 122 shots on goal this season. Shea Theodore, William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault each have 23+ points with 14+ assists as well for Vegas this season. As a team, Vegas is averaging 3.3 goals on 30.8 shots with an 18.9% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.3 goals on 27.5 shots per game with an 84% kill rate on the PK this season.
The Colorado Avalanche will look to build on their win over the Golden Knights in their last matchup. Mikko Rantanen leads the Avs in scoring with 39 points including a team-high 19 goals with 20 assists while Nathan MacKinnon has 35 points with a team-high 25 assists this season. Gabriel Landeskog and Nazem Kadri each have 25+ points with double-digit tallies in goals and assists while Sam Girard has 25 points with 20 assists this year. As a team, Colorado is averaging 3.5 goals on 35.2 shots per game with a 23.5% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.2 goals on 25 shots with an 87.5% success rate on the penalty kill.
Vegas is 45-19 in their last 64 games overall and 13-27 in their last 40 games as an underdog while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Colorado is 7-0 in their last 7 home games and 8-1 in their last 9 games overall while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games as a favorite. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I made a case for Vegas in the last meeting between the two as the underdog’s had the majority of recent success between the two, but that blew up in my face as Vegas just didn’t get off of the bus. Instead, I’m going to side with the under here. More often than not, one of these two teams in this matchup shows up defensively, and I think that’s what’s going to happen here as well. I can see a battle in this one, and I think this is that game where the under cashes. Give me the under here.