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Preview: Golden Knights Head to Denver to Take on Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche v Vegas Golden Knights Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The Vegas Golden Knights (25-12-2, 52 points) are on the road tonight to take on the Colorado Avalanche (19-13-3, 41 points) and look to win a second game in a row. The Golden Knights defeated the Nashville Predators 5-4 on New Year’s Eve, and enter tonight behind the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference standings.

Colorado has been bitten by the injury bug pretty badly this season, and they will look to capitalize against a Golden Knights squad that is missing some players of note.

The Golden Knights head into this game with an offense that has generated 3.28 goals per game (11th-best in NHL), and only surrendering 2.82 goals against per game (11th-best in NHL). Their power play has an efficiency rating of 25.2% which is 8th in the NHL as of this writing, and a penalty killer efficiency rating of 77% which is 19th overall.

The Avs sit 25th in the league with a 2.91 goals per game average, and 12th with a 2.83 goals against average. In terms of special teams, their power play is clicking at 26.3% which is 7th in the NHL, and their PK is 20th overall with an efficiency rate of 75.4%.

Players of Note

Colorado Avalanche

Leading Scorer: Mikko Rantanen — 24-21-45 in 35 games

Top Goal Scorer: Mikko Rantanen — 24 goals in 35 games

Best Goalie: Alexandar Georgiev — 15-8-3, .915 SV%, 2.66 GAA

Vegas Golden Knights

Leading Scorer: Chandler Stephenson — 10-29-39 in 39 games

Top Goal Scorer: Reilly Smith — 18 goals in 39 games

Best Goalie: Logan Thompson — 17-9-1, .915 SV%, 2.64 GAA

Here are the projected lines for both sides.

Vegas Golden Knights

Mike Amadio — Chandler Stephenson — Mark Stone

Reilly Smith — William Karlsson — Phil Kessel

Will Carrier — Nicolas Roy — Keegan Kolesar

Jonas Rondbjerg — Jake Leschyshyn — Sheldon Rempal

Nic Hague — Alex Pietrangelo

Brayden McNabb — Daniil Miromanov

Ben Hutton — Brayden Pachal

Logan Thompson

Colorado Avalanche

Artturi Lehkonen — Nathan MacKinnon — Mikko Rantanen

Evan Rodrigues — JT Compher — Logan O’Connor

Andrew Cogliano — Ben Meyers — Denis Malgin

Kurtis MacDermid — Alex Newhook — Jacob MacDonald

Devon Toews — Cale Makar

Samuel Girard — Erik Johnson

Andreas Englund — Brad Hunt

Alexandar Georgiev

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