Golden Knights vs Avalanche Odds, Predictions, Betting Lines, Picks & Preview for NHL Playoffs Game 2 on FanDuel

Golden Knights vs Avalanche Game 2 odds, predictions and betting preview.
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Golden Knights vs Avalanche Game Info

NHL Playoffs Round 2, Game 2 - Avalanche lead series 1-0
Vegas Golden Knights (40-14-2) vs. Colorado Avalanche (39-13-4)
Date: Wednesday, June 2
Time: 10:00 PM ET
Venue: Ball Arena
TV Coverage: CBC, NBCS

Golden Knights vs Avalanche Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds

Moneyline: Golden Knights +172 | Avalanche -205
Spread: Golden Knights +1.5 (-160) | Avalanche -1.5 (+132) 
Total: 5.5 Over (-114) | Under (-106)
Odds to Win Series: Golden Knights +330 | Avalanche -460
Odds to Win Stanley Cup: Golden Knights +1100 | Avalanche +150

Golden Knights vs Avalanche Prediction and Picks

  • Golden Knights moneyline (+172)
  • Under 5.5 (-106)
  • Max Pacioretty Over 0.5 Points (-136)  

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche News and Notes

After finishing the regular season knotted at 82 points apiece, Colorado separated themselves from their West Division rivals in a flash, at least for one night. Whoever predicted the Avalanche's absolute destruction of the Golden Knights on Sunday better play the lottery or avoid going out in lightning storms. Colorado's top-line came out firing on 300 million volts, staking the Avs to a quick 2-0 lead halfway through the first.

Mikko Rantanen opened the scoring less than five minutes in and was followed by captain Gabriel Landeskog just after the halfway mark of the frame. Playoff goal-scoring leader and the third forward on the juggernaut of a line, Nathan MacKinnon, got into the act in the second to make it 4-0. Landeskog scored his second 10 minutes later on assists from MacKinnon and Rantanen, and before the Knights could say "Marc-Andre," they were down 5-0.  Colorado's big three combined for five goals, three assists, a plus/minus of eight, and 14 of 37 Avalanche shots on goal when the mountain smoke cleared.

Robin Lehner allowed all seven goals in a somewhat surprising start. Vezina finalist Marc-Andre Fleury was rested in Game 1 after starting all seven games in Vegas' grueling first-round series with Wild. It would be an absolute shocker to not see the five-time All-Star and three-time Stanley Cup champ back in the crease on Wednesday.

Speaking of potential award-winning goalies, the play of Philipp Grubauer has been a little overshadowed by the high-octane first line. The Avs netminder was also named a Vezina finalist on Tuesday, just two days after stopping 24 of 25 Knights' shots in Game 1. Grubauer was second in the NHL with a 1.95 GAA in the regular season and has kept it rolling into the playoffs. The former Capital is tied for the best postseason mark with a 1.60 goals-against average heading into Game 2. 

Vegas, the third-highest scoring team in the regular season, has struggled on the offensive end in these playoffs. The Knights have scored just three goals in their four losses this postseason and have been shut out twice.  Team-leading goal scorer Max Pacioretty missed the first six games of the playoffs, and the Knights could use some of his offensive touch. Patches had 24 markers in 48 games this season and notched the eventual game-winner in his first-round Game 7 return. 

Don't forget, the Knights allowed the fewest goals in the league this season, and their single game-high against was six goals, just once. They also shut out the Avs twice this season, so don't expect a Colorado touchdown again in Game 2.

Vegas should be poised for a bounce-back with Fleury back between the pipes and a better gameplan for Colorado's phenomenal top-line. The over has been the play in seven straight postseason games when Vegas is an underdog while the Avs went high in four consecutive. Vegas is 9-0 in their past nine following a loss of three or more goals and have won six straight after a five-goal defeat or worse.

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