The NHL betting action continues Wednesday, February 16, 2022, with four games around the league, including the marquee Western Conference showdown from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, so we bring you the best Avalanche vs. Golden Knights betting pick and odds.
According to Bovada Sportsbook, the Golden Knights are small home favorites. Vegas meets Colorado for the second time this season, searching for its sixth consecutive victory over the Avalanche.
The Avs play without rest
The Colorado Avalanche open a four-game road trip Wednesday in Las Vegas, searching for their sixth straight victory away from home. They’ll play on the second day of a back-to-back set, and their Tuesday night’s clash against the Dallas Stars has been excluded from the analysis.
The Avs have been terrific lately. They’ve won 12 of their previous 13 games at any location. Colorado is topping the Central Division at the moment with the league-high 72 points on its tally.
The Avalanche own the second-highest scoring offense in the NHL, tallying 4.07 goals per contest. They also boast the best shooting percentage in the league (11.6). On the other side of the ice, the Avs allow 2.83 goals per game (15th in the NHL). Pavel Francouz is expected to guard the cage against Vegas, and he’s 7-1-0 with a 2.29 GAA and a .927 save percentage in 2021-22.
The Golden Knights look to bounce back from a heavy loss at Calgary
The Vegas Golden Knights (28-17-3) are coming off an embarrassing 6-0 defeat at the Calgary Flames this past Wednesday. They put an end to a three-game winning streak, recording the third loss in their past eight showings at any location.
The Golden Knights allowed the Flames to storm the front and score three goals in the first period. Vegas failed to find the back of the net on 28 shots, while Robin Lehner yielded six goals on 33 shots.
Lehner is 19-13-1 with a 2.86 GAA and a .907 save percentage so far this season. He’s questionable to play Wednesday against the Avs due to an upper-body injury, so Laurent Brossoit (9-3-2; 2.66 GAA) could get the starting call. The Golden Knights surrender 2.96 goals per contest (19h in the NHL) and score 3.29 in a return (10th) on a 9.8 shooting percentage (12th).
- 0-5 in the last five games against Vegas
- 13-6 in the last 19 outings as favorites
Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights Pick
This clash could easily go either way, as the best team in the league takes on the No. 1 seed in the Pacific Division. The Avalanche are the hottest team in the NHL, but they’ll have a tall task in this matchup, especially because they’ll play on the back end of a back-to-back set.
The Golden Knights have dominated the Avs lately, so I’m backing them to extend their winning streak over Colorado. The hosts should be fired up to prove their worth when they welcome the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
Pick: Take Vegas Golden Knights
The Avs and Golden Knights both possess plenty of offensive weapons, so I’m backing the over on the totals. Also, neither of these two teams can brag with a stout defense. Vegas ranks 17th in the league in penalty-killing percentage (79.5%), while Colorado is 20th (77.9%).
Three of the Golden Knights’ last six contests have produced six or more goals in total. On the other side, the Avs have scored four or more goals in four of their previous six outings.
Pick: Go over