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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche - 12/27/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado Avalanche (19-12-6) at Vegas Golden Knights (20-15-4)
Date & Time Thursday December 27, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -167 / Colorado Avalanche +110 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
Alti, ATRM
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NHL | Colorado Avalanche (19-12-6) at Vegas Golden Knights (20-15-4)
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The Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights meet Thursday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena.

The Colorado Avalanche could use a feel good win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 27.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Gabriel Landeskog leads Colorado with 24 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 43 assists and Nathan MacKinnon has 163 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 61 goals on 704 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 46 goals on 459 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed four or more goals in six of their last eight games.

The Vegas Golden Knights look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities. William Karlsson leads Vegas with 14 goals, Reilly Smith has 18 assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 140 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 89 goals on 950 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 19 goals on 159 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 11 games.

The Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games, 28-61 in their last 89 road games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Golden Knights are 46-20 in their last 66 home games, 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference and 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games. The over is 4-1-1 in Golden Knights last 6 overall. The over is 7-3 in Avalanche last 10 overall.

I try my best to avoid laying big juice when teams are struggling, so even though the Vegas Golden Knights are impressive at home most of the time, I'm not laying this price with them in their current form. Both of these clubs are struggling big time defensively and the over is a popular trend on both sides. The Avalanche and Golden Knights are also averaging five goals per game in their three meetings since the move to Sin City. So, I'll take a stab with there being a ton of offense yet again and us going over the total.

Pick:
Over 6

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