Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#355 Colorado Avalanche vs.
#356 Vegas Golden Knights
Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 10:00pm EDT
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
Written by Valdis Pans

Needing just a single victory to reach the Stanley Cup Semifinals for the third time in their four-year existence, the Vegas Golden Knights (No. 2 seed in West Division) will head home to host the Colorado Avalanche (No. 1 seed in the West) in Game 6 of their Second Round series.

Avs Lose Ground On Own Ice

The Colorado Avalanche (6-3) were beaten for the third straight outing, finding themselves with a 3-2 deficit in their Stanley Cup Second Round series against the Vegas Golden Knights following a 3-2 overtime defeat in Game 5 at Ball Arena on Tuesday. After being outshot 110-52 since the first period of Game 2, the Avs finally led in shots (30-25) and killed their only penalty, but went 0-for-1 with the man-advantage, ultimately scoring just a single snipe in each of the first two periods to take a 2-0 lead before the hosts rallied with three unanswered snipes subsequently. Brandon Saad (7 goals, 7 points this postseason) and Joonas Donskoi (3 goals, 5 points) both tallied for Colorado.

Goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped 22 shots on Tuesday and has now gone 6-3 for the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 2.33 GAA and a .925 save percentage. He has registered a 19-9 past postseason record with a 2.41 GAA and a .916 save percentage, and was 6-4-1 versus Vegas historically prior to the current series with a 2.10 GAA and a .932 save percentage. The Avalanche, meanwhile, are top of the league in most goals scored per game throughout the ongoing playoffs (3.89), tied-3rd with the Golden Knights in least goals allowed on average (2.33), 2nd best in power-play (39.3%; 11-for-28) and 5th in penalty kill (81.0%; 17-for-21).

Knights Edge Closer To Semifinals

The Vegas Golden Knights (7-5) took a huge step in their bid to reach the Stanley Cup Semifinals after taking a 3-2 lead in their Second Round series against the Colorado Avalanche following a 3-2 overtime win in Game 5 at Ball Arena on Tuesday. Mark Stone (5 goals, 8 points this postseason) turned out to be the star of the show, banking the win 50 seconds into the extra session after Vegas scored twice in a span of three minutes at the start of the third period to erase Avalanche 2-0 lead. Alex Tuch (4 goals, 6 points) and Jonathan Marchessault (6 goals, 8 points) also scored for the Knights, who ended Colorado’s 13-game winning streak on own ice.

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves on Tuesday to take his current performance tally for the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs to 7-4 with a 1.81 GAA and a .925 save percentage. He has collected an 88-67 past postseason total with a 2.53 GAA and a .912 save percentage, and had picked up a 15-8-2 prior record against the Avalanche ahead of the current series with a 2.40 GAA and a .920 save percentage. The Golden Knights, meanwhile, are netting the 5th highest quantity of goals per game this postseason (2.83), while sitting tied-3rd with the Avs in least goals conceded on average (2.33). They are 13th in power play (14.8%; 4-for-27) and 11th in penalty kill (74.1%; 20-for-27).

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Going to Vegas with a 3-2 series lead is one thing. Heading to Sin City with a 3-2 deficit, on the other hand, is a completely different matter. And Colorado should know that very well, having already dropped three of its past four visits to T-Mobile Arena. After being the second-best team in their Second Round series since the third period of Game 2, the Avalanche delivered an improved attacking performance on Tuesday, only to drop a domestic decision on their own ice to find themselves one win away from elimination, with a trip to a sold-out venue in Vegas looming. The last time the Golden Knights hosted Colorado in front of a full-capacity crowd in Game 4 on Sunday, the hosts thrashed the visitors with a count of 5-1. Vegas has won a whopping 40 of its last 54 domestic fixtures. Besides, the team has already reached the Stanley Cup Semifinals on two of the past three occasions, while sides that win Game 5 of a series that was tied at 2-2 are an impressive 215-58 in Stanley Cup Playoff history overall. It does not look good for the Avs!

Prediction: Vegas Golden Knights (-150)

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Three of the last four meetings in this series have finished with a score of 3-2, with nine of the past 13 overall outings between Vegas and Colorado also delivering just a modest quantity of strikes, averaging no more than 4.11 tallies per clash. So, do expect another close encounter of the playoff kind on Thursday When competing during the postseason as underdogs, the Avalanche have already cruised below the set goal-mark on eight of the previous 12 occasions, while nine of the most recent 13 fixtures of the Golden Knights against teams with a winning percentage above the .600 mark have all finished on the low-scoring side.

Prediction: Under 5.5
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