Venue: T-Mobile Arena.
Game 3. The score in the series is 0-2.
Colorado started the series against Vegas with two home wins in a row. Will Peter DeBoer’s charges manage to win the third game and return the intrigue to the confrontation? We predict that the Avalanche will be closer to win again.
Vegas’ current form
Vegas had a great run through the regular season, making them one of the main contenders for the Stanley Cup, but in the playoffs, Peter DeBoer’s team has been disappointing so far. Yes, in the opening game of the series with Minnesota it felt like they had found their game when they led 3-1, but since then the Knights have had only one win in five games, which took them to the Western Division Finals, and in the remaining four games they have lost by a combined score of 5-17. Vegas are now 0-2 behind Colorado in the series, and they could have clinched the result in the second game, but Raleigh Smith’s penalty robbed them of any chance to tie the game in the West Final.
Colorado’s current form
Colorado have shown outstanding playoff hockey so far. The Avalanche suffered their last loss exactly a month ago, losing to San Jose in the regular season, 2-3. Then they won five games in a row at the end of the regular season, then without any problems dealt with St. Louis in the first round of the Stanley Cup in four games, and the total score in that series is 20-7. Jared Bednar’s team also started the Western division final very brightly by beating Vegas 7-1, however in the second game they had small problems which caused the overtime, but even there Colorado was stronger 3-2 with a 2-0 series lead.
Expert Betting Tips
Colorado have looked flawless so far in the playoffs. Yes, they’ve only played six games on the road so far, but they’re already almost halfway to the Stanley Cup. In the second game, Vegas squeezed out and made it to overtime, but the Avalanche took advantage of their first chance and came away with another win. It is obvious that Jared Bednar’s boys still have a good backup, while the Knights have practically no opportunities to strengthen, so we suggest betting on Colorado to win with the odds of about 2.26.
Colorado played an outstanding way for one and a half series of the Stanley Cup-2021, and they do not close all the forces in the defence and fly at every opportunity to attack, so in the six initial meetings, they scored 30 goals (5.00 average per game). The Avalanche are averaging five goals per game in the playoffs. That’s an unbelievable figure! Neither can Vegas, which played a stellar game the day before but still lost, and whether they will be able to play as reliably again is the big question. Based on this, the best option for the prediction seems to be Colorado’s Individual Total Over 2.5 pucks at odds close to 2.13.
There is no difference at all for Nathan MacKinnon in terms of who he plays against and where he plays. Whether it’s the regular season or the playoffs, the Canadian forward has proven his worth everywhere. In six Stanley Cup games, the 25-year-old Colorado hockey player scored 13 points (8 goals + 5 assists), which is a crazy figure. It is obvious that the Avalanche player does not intend to stop there, so we should take a closer look at the bet on Total Over 1.5 points of Nathan MacKinnon with the odds of about 2.00.