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
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
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
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