Probably the most interesting NHL game on the schedule for Monday, February 27, will be played in Denver, so make sure you don’t miss out on the best Golden Knights vs. Avalanche betting pick and odds.
Colorado is searching for the sixth consecutive victory when they welcome Vegas at Ball Arena. The Avalanche are -138 moneyline favorites on Jazz Sportsbook, while the total is set at 6 goals. These conference rivals will meet for the third time this season; the series is tied at 1-1.
Golden Knights fell short of the Stars in SO
The Vegas Golden Knights (35-18-3-3, 27-32 ATS) are playing well at the moment; they won six of their previous eight games, but they did lose the most recent one. The Golden Knights played three overtime/shootouts in a row, losing two of them, including the latest one to the Dallas Stars at home. Even after this loss, Vegas remained atop the Western Conference with 76 points, two more than Dallas and Los Angeles, and five ahead of the Avalanche, but Colorado does have a couple of games in hands.
Vegas had a 1-0 and 2-1 lead against the Stars as Mike Amadio and Jack Eichel scored for the hosts, but Roope Hintz tied the game with 38 seconds to go to force overtime. The tilt then went to the penalty shootouts; all three of Vegas’ layers missed, while the visitors score a pair of goals to make it 3-2. So far this season, Chandler Stephenson leads the Golden Knights in points with 50 (G 12, A 38) and Jack Eichel has 43 points (G 20, A 23).
Adin Hill (14-5-1) is expected to start at the goal against Colorado on Monday. The 26-year-old is allowing 2.55 goals per game this year with a .910 SV% and no shutouts.
G Robin Lehner (hip), RW Mark Stone (back), C Nolan Patrick (upper body), and G Logan Thompson (leg) are out indefinitely. C Nicolas Roy (lower body) is questionable to face Colorado on Monday.
Avalanche secured another easy win
The Colorado Avalanche (33-19-2-3, 30-27 ATS) are also in excellent form right now; they won each of their last five games and scored at least four goals in each of the past four. The Avalanche returned to Denver with a big 5-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets and beat the Calgary Flames 4-1. Colorado will not spend six of the next seven games at Ball Arena. The reigning champions are climbing up the ladder in the Western Conference – they are now 5th with just five points behind the Golden Knights.
The Avs needed only 22 shots to score four goals in a win over the Flames. They created a 3-0 lead early in the second period and Alexandar Georgiyev stopped 28 of 29 shots he faced to keep the visitors to one goal. Valeri Nichushkin led Colorado in points with a pair of assists. When it comes to points this year, Nathan MacKinnon is the Avalanche’s top producer with 70 (G 21, A 49), followed by Mikko Rantanen, who has 69 points (G 38, A 31).
Alexandar Georgiev (25-12-4) is likely to continue to start between the sticks against Vegas on Monday. The 27-year-old is conceding 2.63 goals per contest this season with a .920 SV% and two shutouts.
LW Darren Helm (lower body), D Erik Johnson (ankle), LW Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), G Pavel Francouz (lower body), and D Cale Makar (concussion) are out indefinitely.
- 2-5 in the last seven road games
- 6-2 in the last eight games playing on one day of rest
- 4-0 in the last four vs. a team with a winning record
- 21-7 in the last 28 Monday games
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche Pick
Both teams are very close when it comes to offense and defense. Vegas is scoring 3.20 goals per game opposite Colorado’s 3.12 gpg, while the Avalanche allow 2.70 gpg opposite the Golden Knights’ 2.76 gpg. That said, I expect a tight one on Monday, especially considering the respective forms of these rivals. Still, I am giving a slight advantage to the Avalanche, who are on the rise and won six of the last eight games at home, while Vegas lost five of the previous seven on the road.
Pick: Take the Avalanche to win (-138)
Colorado did manage to keep the opponents to just one goal in three of the last four games, but I doubt the Avs will limit the Golden Knights to only one goal here. Vegas scored at least two in each of the last eight games, and I believe the Knights can score at least two on Monday. I do expect the hosts to add 4+ as they scored 4+ in each of the last four games. Over is 6-2-1 in the Avalanche’s last nine home games, while Over is 5-2 in the Golden Knights’ previous seven when their opponent allows two goals or less in their last game.
Pick: Go Over 6 goals (-110)