Golden Knights vs Avalanche NHL Odds, Picks and Predictions June 2

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Updated: June 1, 2021

Gabriel Landeskog and the Avalanche’s top line picked up where they left off in Game 1, combining for eight points in a 7-1 Colorado win.

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The battle between the Western Conference’s two best teams began with a bang, at least on one side. 

The Colorado Avalanche dominated the Vegas Golden Knights in a 7-1 thrashing in Game 1, cruising to victory against the only team to equal their points output in a Presidents’ Trophy-winning regular season.

Can Vegas stick with Colorado in Game 2? Find out in our best free NHL betting picks and predictions for Golden Knights vs. Avalanche on June 2. 

Golden Knights vs Avalanche game info

Location: Ball Arena, Denver, CO
Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
TV: CBC, NBCSN

Golden Knights vs Avalanche odds

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The line opened at Avalanche -180/Golden Knights +150, with the total at 5.5. Early action favored Colorado. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Golden Knights vs Avalanche series odds

Golden Knights: +308
Avalanche: -506

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Injuries

Golden Knights: Ryan Reaves F (Out), Mattis Janmark F (Questionable), Tomas Nosek F (Questionable), Brayden McNabb D (Out).
Avalanche: Nazem Kadri F (Out), Logan O’Connor F (Out).
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Betting trend to know

The favorite is 4-1 in the last five games between the Avalanche and Golden Knights. Find more NHL betting trends for Golden Knights vs. Avalanche.

Moneyline pick

The most anticipated second round series began curiously, with the Knights turning to Robin Lehner after Marc-Andre Fleury started and flourished in Vegas’ first round series against the Wild. Lehner got absolutely shellacked in the surprise start, allowing seven goals on 37 shots — with an expected goals against of 2.63 really highlighting how poor of a decision the Knights made.

Right down to the Knights’ loss of composure in an already-lost game, the Avs’ Game 1 win was reminiscent of their series against the Blues, during which St. Louis regularly hurt themselves with stupid penalties.

Among the biggest factors in the Avs’ first round sweep over the Blues was the degree to which their top line dominated. That has to be worrisome to the Knights, who saw Colorado’s trio of Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon combine for eight points and a Corsi-for percentage of 63.64 in Game 1. 

Though the Avalanche appeared too quick, too skilled and, crucially, too well-rested for Vegas in Game 1, the underlying numbers suggest a much closer game, with Colorado just edging the Knights in expected goals, 2.63-2.39. 

These two teams played an incredibly tight regular season series, and even though Colorado looked more than a class above Vegas in Game 1, it should be a lot closer moving forward. The Avs can again take care of business at home but we can’t take them on the puckline against a highly motivated Knights squad. 

PREDICTION: Avalanche (-180)

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Over/Under pick

While Knights head coach Peter DeBoer is yet to make an official announcement, between the additional night off between games and Lehner’s Game 1, it’s safe to assume Fleury will get the nod for Game 2.

Should Fleury take to the crease for Vegas, he’ll be opposite a fellow 2021 Vezina Trophy candidate in Philipp Grubauer. Grubauer was fantastic in seven starts against Vegas this year, with a 1.86 goals against average and a .935 save percentage. He has been similarly strong through five postseason games, posting a 1.60 goals against average and a .941 save percentage, allowing eight goals (despite 9.3 expected goals against).

Fleury was just as impressive in the regular season, including consistently performing well against Colorado’s dynamic attack. Despite going seven games with Minnesota in Round 1, he was outstanding to begin the postseason, boasting a 1.71 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.

Game 1 saw eight goals in the Avs’ explosion, but the two teams combined for just 5.02 expected goals. With stellar goaltending on both ends of the rink and a Vegas team desperate to tighten the series up, expect Game 2 to fall Under the total.

PREDICTION: Under 5.5 (-102)

Golden Knights vs Avalanche betting card

  • Avalanche (-180)
  • Under 5.5 (-102)

Picks made on 6/1/2021 at 7:05 p.m. ET

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