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Colorado Avalanche vs Vegas Golden Knights 1/2/23 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Vegas Golden Knights (25-12-2) vs. Colorado Avalanche (19-13-3)
January 2, 2023 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -130 / Vegas Golden Knights +105; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche meet Monday in NHL action at the Ball Arena. The Vegas Golden Knights have split their last 8 games. The Colorado Avalanche have split their last 8 games.

The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 25.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Reilly Smith leads Vegas with 18 goals, Chandler Stephenson has 29 assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 121 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Logan Thompson has given up 71 goals on 831 shots faced, and Adin Hill has allowed 34 goals on 336 shots.

The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 27 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with 24 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 26 assists and Cale Maker has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 75.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 69 goals on 815 shots faced, and Pavel Francouz has given up 25 goals on 286 shots.

The Golden Knights are 15-5 in their last 20 road games and 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Central. The Avalanche are 68-23 in their last 91 home games and 87-40 in their last 127 overall. The under is 6-2 in Golden Knights last 8 Monday games. The under is 9-3 in Avalanche last 12 overall. The road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Vegas Golden Knights are a good team, and they’ve flexed their muscle time and time again on the road. However, the Colorado Avalanche are at home where they’ve been a buzz saw dating back to last season, and you don’t often get them at prices this reasonable. Home ice usually has the edge in these big spots. Give me the Avs and the cheap price.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Colorado Avalanche -130

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