It’s time for Game 4 of the West Division Playoff series between the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights. Colorado holds a 2-1 series lead over Vegas but could take a commanding lead with a win in Game 4.
The Avalanche won the first game of this series by a score of 7-1, but the rest of the games have been more competitive. Colorado blew a late lead in Game 3, and now they are in danger of allowing Vegas to even things up.
Vegas needed all seven games to eliminate Minnesota in the First Round, and this team showed some fatigue in the series opener. The Golden Knights appear to have things back on track, but they are still facing an uphill battle against the Avalanche.
The Vegas Golden Knights are the slight betting favorites at -115 in this Game 4 against the Colorado Avalanche.
Colorado Cruising on Offense
The Avalanche led the NHL with 3.52 goals per game this season, and they have been just as impressive so far in the postseason. Colorado is led by Nathan MacKinnon, but there are scoring options up and down this roster.
MacKinnon has tallied eight goals and 13 total points to lead Colorado, and his speed has been a problem for Vegas to deal with. The Avalanche are tough to beat when MacKinnon lights the lamp, and this will be a key for them in Game 4.
Goaltender Philipp Grubauer has allowed just 13 total goals in his seven postseason starts, and he helps the Avalanche shut down the opposition.
Fleury Playing Fantastic For Vegas
The Golden Knights allowed the fewest goals per game this season, and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was a big reason for that. Fleury did not start for Vegas in Game 1, but he has taken over this series in the last two games.
Vegas does have some offensive talent, but they don’t have the speed or depth to keep up with the Avalanche. The Golden Knights can win low-scoring affairs, but they can’t keep up when the pace increases.
Mark Stone leads the team with four goals and six total points this postseason, and he will need to find some room to operate in this game. Vegas can’t simply rely on Fleury to carry them, and they have to produce some offense.
Avalanche Roll in Game 4
Vegas was finally able to slow down the Colorado offensive attack in Game 3, but now the trick is doing it for a second straight game. Marc-Andre Fleury has been great in the postseason, but he is going to need some help.
Look for the Avalanche to take some chances on Sunday as they look to push the tempo. Colorado just has so much team speed, and it’s not going to be easy for the Golden Knights to keep up.
Colorado is the better overall team, and they are going to find a way to take back control of this series with a win. Bet the Colorado Avalanche money line over the Vegas Golden Knights in this West Division playoff matchup on Sunday.