The Vegas Golden Knights are just one win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Semifinals, and they have a chance for that win on Thursday. Vegas will host the Colorado Avalanche for Game 6 of the West Division final, and the Golden Knights have a 3-2 series lead.
Colorado won the first two games of this series, and they looked to be in complete control. After blowing a late lead in Game 3, the Avalanche have been struggling to get back on track.
Vegas needed seven games to get past Minnesota in the First Round, but this group has plenty of playoff experience. The Golden Knights want to end this in Game 6 to avoid another game back in Denver.
Colorado Avalanche Betting Preview: Offense Must Show Up For Colorado
The Avalanche scored nearly 3.6 goals per game this season, and they were better than that to begin the playoffs. After Game 2, the offense has completely disappeared, and it’s time for Nathan MacKinnon to shine.
MacKinnon leads the Avs with 13 postseason points, and he is widely considered one of the top players in hockey. Colorado has plenty of scoring depth as well, and it might take a spark from the fourth line to get things rolling.
The Avalanche have not faced a ton of adversity this season, and it’s time to see how the young Colorado team responds.
Vegas Golden Knights Betting Preview: Vegas Okay With Slow Pace
Vegas has plenty of offensive talent as well, but this team doesn’t have speed like Colorado. The Golden Knights are fine with slowing things down, and they also have the goaltending to win these type of games.
Marc-Andre Fleury is one of the best goaltenders in the league, especially in the postseason. He has given up just five goals in the last three games, and Colorado can’t seem to figure him out.
William Karlsson leads Vegas with 10 points during this playoff run, and Mark Stone continues to produce. Stone scored the game-winner in Game 5 and continues to produce when his team needs a spark.
Avalanche vs. Golden Knights Betting Odds & Lines
The home team has been the betting favorite in each game of this series, and that trend will continue on Thursday night. That puts the Avalanche in an underdog role for Game 6, but they will also be the most desperate team in the matchup.
BetOnline has the Vegas Golden Knights at -140, and the over/under for total goals is set at 5.5.
Free Betting Pick
Vegas has done a great job of shutting down the Colorado offense in the last three games, but it’s hard to see that continuing. The Avalanche just have so many weapons, and that speed is always hard to slow down.
Look for the Avalanche to take an early lead in Game 6, and that should take the Vegas crowd out of it. This time Colorado will be able to protect a late lead, and they pick up their first road win of the series.