Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Zach Whitecloud (2) defends against Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
The Avalanche and Golden Knights faceoff on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 at 8:00pm EST
Vegas is looking to snap a four-game losing streak as they come into Denver as +145 road underdogs
Read below for the Golden Knights vs Avalanche odds, game preview, and NHL betting prediction
The Vegas Golden Knights (1-4-0) will look to snap a four-game losing streak when they travel to Denver to face the Avalanche (2-3-0) on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021. Puck drop is set for 8:00 pm EST at Ball Arena. ESPN will carry the broadcast.
Colorado is being listed as heavy home favorites in the Golden Knights vs Avalanche odds. Jared Bednar’s team will be out for revenge after getting eliminated by Vegas in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Let’s take a look at the Golden Knights vs Avalanche betting odds as we provide you with our best bet for this heated NHL matchup.
Golden Knights vs Avalanche Odds
8 PM EST
Vegas Golden Knights
O 6 (-110)
October 26th, 2021
U 6 (-110)
Odds as of October 25th at DraftKings
Vegas’ Odds & Betting Lines After Slow Start
The Golden Knights are off to a 1-4-0 start following a 2-0 shutout loss to the Islanders on Sunday evening. The Golden Knights were stymied by Isles’ netminder Ilya Sorokin, who stopped all 42 shots he faced. VGK has the opportunity to bounce back against a Colorado team they had success against in the 2021 Playoffs.
Golden Knights vs Avalanche Recent Results
VGK 6 – COL 3
COL 2 – VGK 3 OT
VGK 5 – COL 1
VGK 3 – COL 2
COL 3 – VGK 2 OT
The Golden Knights are struggling in part due to a myriad of injuries. Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Alex Tuch, and Zach Whitecloud are out indefinitely, while Alec Martinez and Nolan Patrick are listed as day-to-day. Goalie Robin Lehner hasn’t been able to bail out this injury-riddled squad, posting a .904 save percentage in five starts.
Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Alex Tuch, Alec Martinez and Zach Whitecloud accounted for 74 of the team’s 191 goals last season — 39%. With them out, you can see why the scoring has dried up
— Justin Emerson (@J15Emerson) October 25, 2021
Vegas is only averaging two goals-per-game, which is the seventh-lowest output in the NHL. A big reason the offense is struggling is because the team is 0-for-11 on the power play this season. Pacioretty, Stone, and Tuch all play crucial roles with the man advantage and are missed dearly by the Knights.
2022 Stanley Cup Odds Tracker
Avalanche in Revenge Spot vs Golden Knights
Colorado will look to make a statement against Vegas on Tuesday night after getting eliminated by Pete DeBoer’s club in the 2021 Playoffs. The Avs entered the 2020-21 NHL season as the favorites in the Stanley Cup odds but failed to make it past the second round for the third straight year.
Golden Knights vs Avalanche Projected Starting Goalies
Vegas Golden Knights
Colorado is 2-3-0 on the season after beating Tampa Bay in a shootout on Saturday. This was an inspiring performance by the Avs against the defending Cup champs. Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, and Cale Makar all had multi-point games to help the team end a three-game losing streak.
That’s a BONES DAY!#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/BWZ1FpngBh
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) October 24, 2021
Colorado lost Vezina Trophy finalist goaltender Philipp Grubauer to Seattle in the offseason, but newcomer Darcy Kuemper is a talented replacement. The former Yotes’ netminder has been up-and-down in the early goings of the season, but impressed with a 29-save showing against the Bolts.
Golden Knights vs Avalanche Pick & Prediction
Vegas has had Colorado’s number of late, but this isn’t the Golden Knights team we saw in the playoffs. VGK is missing several players that bring key intangibles to the team, both on and off the ice. It’s also important to note that Lehner only started once against Colorado in the playoffs, and he was torched for seven goals
The Avalanche are the Stanley Cup favorites again this season for good reason. They’re loaded with firepower at every position and have the talent to exploit a banged up Vegas team. The Avs have gotten off to a slow start, but beating the defending Stanley Cup champs should be big for their confidence.
Home-ice advantage is key in this rivalry, as the team playing in their own barn has won five of the last six meetings. Colorado went an outstanding 22-4-2 at Ball Arena last season and feed off the passionate fans in Denver. Bet on Colorado in the NHL odds to build off a big victory vs Tampa Bay and exploit an injury-riddled Vegas team.
Pick: Colorado Avalanche ML (-170)