This is the series fans across the NHL have been waiting for. The Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche are two of the best teams in the league. In fact, they both finished first and second in the overall NHL standings this season. Thanks to a late push in the season from Colorado, they managed to capture the President’s Trophy. As a result, they have home-ice advantage in this series and any other series they may play in.
With fans starting to come back into fruition. home ice has become super important. Vegas has announced that their arena will be at 100% capacity starting game three of this series. The Fortress will be rocking when that happens, but we start what should be a long, hard-fought series tonight in Colorado. Let’s break it down for you.
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— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) May 30, 2021
These two teams are no strangers to each other this year. With the new division alignment, these teams got to see each other eight times. Each team managed to take four meetings against one another. We saw some thrilling moments in this season series too. One moment, in particular, was when the two teams took it outside. These two teams were part of the NHL Outdoors event at Lake Tahoe earlier in the season. That game saw the Avalanche take it by a score of 3-2.
The last time these two teams met was back on May 10th. That game saw the Avalanche take a 2-1 win to the bank. This win was crucial in the late-season push from Colorado to clinch the President’s Trophy. If that win doesn’t happen, the Golden Knights would be hosting game one of this series. If this series is anything like the regular-season meetings, we are in for a bloodbath and it should go the distance. Give me more game seven hockey with these two teams.
This series has a lot of talent in between the pipes. Each team has a goaltender that has a Stanley Cup on the resume. Marc-Andre Fleury is no stranger to the big stage in the playoffs. With three Stanley Cups to his resume, Fleury knows what it takes to win. As for Colorado, Philipp Grubauer was the backup for Brayden Holtby back in 2018 when Washington won it all. Now that he is fully healthy, he is looking to take this team to the next level.
Vegas Golden Knights
Marc-Andre Fleury (26-10-0 Regular Season, 4-3 Playoffs) – 1.98 GAA and 0.928 Save Percentage (Regular Season), 1.71 GAA and 0.931 Save Percentage (Playoffs)
Robin Lehner (13-4-2 Regular Season) – 2.29 GAA and 0.913 Save Percentage (Regular Season)
Philipp Grubauer (30-9-1 Regular Season, 4-0 Playoffs) – 1.95 GAA and 0.922 Save Percentage (Regular Season), 1.75 GAA and 0.936 Save Percentage (Playoffs)
Devan Dubnyk (6-11-2 Regular Season) – 3.20 GAA and 0.895 Save Percentage
Playoff Stat Leaders
Each team has some of the most dynamic offensive players in the game. Nathan MacKinnon will one day win the league MVP. but this season was the year of the McDavid. Mark Stone is one of the most underrated names to put within the top fifteen players of the league. He has the skill, size, and leadership qualities that make him such a great player. This series should be a very high-scoring series with all the talent within the two groups.
Vegas Golden Knights
Goals – Mark Stone (4)
Assists – Chandler Stephenson (5)
Points – Mattias Janmark (6)
Goals – Nathan MacKinnon (6)
Assists – Gabe Landeskog (6)
Points – Nathan MacKinnon (9)
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