9:12 pm
June 10

Avalanche @ Golden Knights

Who will WIN this matchup?

Colorado Avalanche (39-13-4)

@ Vegas Golden Knights (40-14-2)


Starting Goalies:

Philipp Grubauer (COL): Unconfirmed

Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK): Unconfirmed


Current odds:

Colorado Avalanche: (+125)

Vegas Golden Knights: (-145)


The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Colorado Avalanche will try to stave off elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs on Thursday night when they visit the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series. The Golden Knights, blown out 7-1 in the series opener, have overcome a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-seven West Division series by winning three in a row, including a 3-2 overtime victory on Tuesday night in Denver.

Mark Stone scored the winning goal on a breakaway 50 seconds into overtime to move Vegas one win away from a semifinal date with North Division winner Montreal. Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves, including a grade-A stop on a J.T. Compher rebound attempt just 10 seconds into the extra period.

It was a bitter loss for Colorado, which had gone 20-0-1 in its previous 21 games on home ice — including playoffs — and led the game 2-0 heading into the third period before surrendering three consecutive goals.

Teams that win Game 5 in a series tied 2-2 are 215-58 (.788) winning a best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series, so the odds will be stacked against the Avalanche heading back to Sin City. However, Colorado can look back just one month when it defeated the Golden Knights, 2-1, on May 10 in Las Vegas in a game that ultimately decided the Presidents’ Trophy race.

The Golden Knights dominated action in the first two games played in Las Vegas. They rallied for two late goals to win 3-2 in Game 3, during which Vegas outshot the Avalanche, 43-20. Vegas followed that up with a 5-1 victory in Game 4 while outshooting Colorado, 35-18.

But Avalanche coach Jared Bednar shook up his lines for Game 5 and the Avalanche responded with their best effort since Game 1, outshooting Vegas 30-25 in the process.

DeBoer, whose team needed seven games to close out Minnesota in the first round despite taking a 3-1 lead in the series, is hoping the energy generated from a sellout crowd of almost 18,000 will help push his team across the finish line in Game 6.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Denver, if necessary.

StreakSmarter Pick
Colorado Avalanche