The Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights will be facing off in game two of this second-round series. Game one was either an aberration or a sign of things to come. Colorado dominated play, winning 7-1 in a game that also featured plenty of post-whistle controversies, leading to the suspension of Vegas forward Ryan Reaves.
The chances of the Avalanche repeating a seven-goal performance aren’t very high, but such a display offers plenty to build on. The Avalanche didn’t just beat Robin Lehner, who let in a few softies, but they also seemed to outskate and outwork the Golden Knights.
Colorado’s elite top line was in full effect on Sunday, and they will look to continue a heater. All three forwards (MacKinnon, Landeskog & Rantanen) collected at least a goal, with MacKinnon and Landeskog each scoring two goals and an assist.
Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen
Brandon Saad - Tyson Jost - Valeri Nichushkin
Andre Burakovsky - JT Compher - Joonas Donskoi
Sampo Ranta - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Alex Newhook
Devon Toews - Cale Makar
Ryan Graves - Samuel Girard
Patrik Nemeth - Conor Timmins
Vegas Golden Knights
The Knights will likely burn the film from Sunday’s whooping. They were coming off an emotional game seven victory over the Minnesota Wild, started what most would consider their backup goalie, and didn’t have their legs coming off just one day’s rest.
Expect Vegas to come out of the gates hot after an extra day’s rest and with Marc Andre Fleury in the net.
Note: The NHL has suspended Ryan Reaves for two games in response to his roughing of Avalanche defender Ryan Graves. A skirmish that involved Reaves kneeling on Graves’ head and removing some of Graves’ luscious lox.
Max Pacioretty - Chandler Stephenson - Mark Stone
Jonathan Marchessault - William Karlsson - Reilly Smith
Mattias Janmark - Nicolas Roy - Alex Tuch
Will Carrier - Patrick Brown - Keegan Kolesar
Alec Martines - Alex Pietrangelo
Nick Holden - Shea Theodore
Nicolas Hague - Zach Whitecloud
Tonight’s matchup will feature two Vezina Trophy candidates. For the Avalanche, it will be Philipp Grubauer who has made all the necessary saves and given his team a chance to win game in and game out.
For Vegas, it will be Marc Andre Fleury. Fleury is the type of goalie known to steal games and has done so against the Avalanche already this season.