NHL Free Picks & Predictions: Colorado Avalanche @ Vegas Golden Knights

NHL Free Picks & Predictions: Colorado Avalanche @ Vegas Golden Knights

Points are up for grabs in Sin City as a pair of Western Conference teams faceoff in our Friday night fixture. Vegas Golden Knights will host league high-flyers the Colorado Avalanche.

The Avalanche stuttered for the second time this season, losing to the Blues in their last. The Knights stole a 2-1 shootout victory to remain undefeated against the Blackhawks.

Can the Avalanche bounce back and win in Vegas?

Colorado Avalanche (2.35) vs Vegas Golden Knights (1.60)

Colorado suffered a crucial blow with the loss of Rantanen to a lower-body injury and could be out for a number of weeks.

The Golden Knights are 7-4-0 for the season and come into game 12 with the wind in the sails. They took a beating against the Flyers on the road, but then bounced back in the Windy City. Shootout goals from Marchessault and Theodore secured the points.

The Knights are back at the T-Mobile Arena, and as such they should look to settle things down as the last few games haven’t been pretty.

The surging Avalanche were brought back down to earth after an unexpected loss to St. Louis, putting them on 7-1-1 overall.

Although they lost, there was some good news. Nathan MacKinnon became the fifth player in NHL history with a season-opening point streak of at least nine games in consecutive seasons, joining the legendary Wayne Gretzky.

We feel Vegas should be able to nullify Colorado’s attack and grind out a victory on Nevada Day.

Take Vegas Golden Knights to win.

Vegas Golden Knights To beat Colorado Avalanche
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A low-scoring affair, total goals under 6.5 Inc. OT (1.80)

Aside from a dismal showing against the Flyers, the Knights seem to have got their defense together conceding 9 in their last 4 (6 of those in the Flyers game). They’ll rely on that defense again tonight.

The Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has been solid this season. He made 31 saves in the win over Blackhawks, who owned 34-32 in shots during the game.

The Avalanche losing one of their key offensive men will surely cost them in this one. Though this may just be an off game, we feel the loss coupled with the fact this is their 6th game in a row on the road may cause them to drop off in attack.

The NHL betting odds favour an under game and given what we’ve discussed, we think this wager is a good shout.

Expect the game to go under 6.5.

Total Goals To go under 6.5 Inc. OT

MacKinnon to bag another, Nathan MacKinnon to score anytime (2.40)

Nathan MacKinnon has been dominant so far this season. The 24-year-old has played a total of 465 games and tallied 160 goals and 254 assists in that time.

His speed and handling are mainly what have attributed to his success. His stats tell the story and so far this season his performances have been on par.

He’s registered 5 goals and 7 assists in his first 9 games so far this season.

Alongside Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Laneskog he hasn’t been short of chances. Although he’ll be without the Finn tonight, we back him to light the lamp.

Expect more from MacKinnon tonight and back him to score anytime.

Nathan MacKinnon Anytime Goalscorer

One for the visitors, Colorado Avalanche to win & under 6.5 (4.40)

The loss of Rantanen will no doubt have an affect on the synergy of the forwards. However, the Avalanche do have a strong roster with the likes of Nazem Kadri, who has started well this season with 3 goals and 5 points.

His first season has got off to a decent start. A solid contribution in goals, points, plus-minus and PIM means the loss of Rantanen may not be a deciding factor in Vegas.

The opportunity to step up in the absence of the Finn will be one he, and the rest of the team, should look to relish.

Our NHL pick of the day, this one for the visitors as we back the Avalanche to bounce back after the loss in St. Louis.

Take the Colorado Avalanche to win & game to go under 6.5.

Colorado Avalanche To win & under 6.5
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