Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 12/23/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Colorado Avalanche vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Monday, December 23, 2019
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Avalanche (+122) Golden Knights (-135)
Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (19-13-6, 3rd in the Pacific Division) play the Colorado Avalanche (22-11-3, 2nd in the Central Division) at T-Mobile Arena on Monday, December 23, 2019. The line on this game has the Avalanche priced at +122 and the Golden Knights are at -135. The O/U opens at 6. The Avalanche are covering 61.1% of the time, having gone 22-14 SU. Vegas covers 45.7% of the time, going 16-19 straight up.
The Colorado Avalanche step onto the ice holding a record of 22 wins and 11 defeats, ranking them 2nd in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 127 goals which is good for 1st in the Western Conference and 2nd in the league. Their goal differential is +27, ranking them 3rd in the league. The Avalanche currently have a total of 47 pts, which is good for 5th in the league and 2nd in the West. With regard to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,142 which is good for 7th in the Western Conference and 16th in the league. As a unit, Colorado has racked up a total of 627 hits which means they have an average of 17.4 per contest. They currently have a total of 448 blocks for this year. In goal for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer from Rosenheim, Germany. He is 28 years old and has played 1,176 mins in goal for the year. Grubauer is conceding 2.86 goals per game which has him ranked 14th among Western Conference goaltenders and 28th among goalies in the NHL. So far this season, he has allowed 56 goals. He's earned a save % of .913 which has him ranked 15th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Colorado Avalanche will look for better times on the ice after their 5 - 3 defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks in their last game. The Avalanche had a middle of the road offensive outing in this defeat. In this outing, they scored on 3 out of the 31 shots they looked to score on. Furthermore, they had 3 power play chances but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Colorado racked up a total of 11 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Avalanche was 48 and the Corsi against at even strength was 47 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 50.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 33 while the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 31, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 51.6%. They earned 19 face-off wins at even strength and lost 22 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 45.5% and they had a PDO of 91.1 for this matchup. When it comes to their opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks racked up a total of 32 shots. They had 11 penalty mins and they notched 3 power play attempts.
The Golden Knights will be looking to add points to their total and for the current year they sit with 19 victories and 13 defeats. When it comes to goal differential, they sit 8th in the conference and 17th in the league with +3. They currently have a total of 113 goals for this season which ranks 6th in the Western Conference. Vegas has a save percentage as a team of .907 which has them 13th in the league, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They are shooting 8.8% which is good for 10th in the West. In goal for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having an average campaign by giving up 2.63 goals against average and that has him ranked 8th among West goalies and 20th in the NHL. In the 1,458 mins he has been on the ice this year, he's given up 64 goals. He holds a save % of .915, which has him ranking 12th among West goalies and 22nd in the NHL.
The Vegas Golden Knights faced off against the Vancouver Canucks in a matchup where the Golden Knights took the loss by a score of 5 - 4. For this game, Vegas wound up with a 63.1% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 65 while the opposition had a Corsi of 38. Their Fenwick rate came in at 57.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 48 and the Canucks ending the game with a 36 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Vegas had and it was an excellent showing for this outing. They had a PDO of 96.0 and their oZS percentage was 77.0%. The Golden Knights scored 4 goals out of the 43 shots on goal they tried. They had 1 power play chance in this game but didn't score a goal. On the other side of the ice, the Canucks had 5 power play opportunities and ended up scoring 1 goal. Vegas allowed 34 shots on goal and the Canucks had 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Vegas (-135)
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