Vegas Golden Knights
The Colorado Avalanche played Vegas twice this season. They bested the Knights both times, and significantly. The scores were 6-1 and 7-3, meaning they outscored Vegas 13-4. They had one more game scheduled.
For some reason, namely the 7-0 debacle that was Colorado’s debut in Vegas, the Knights have a small space in my head where they’re living rent-free. I don’t like the Avs playing the Knights, even though Colorado seems to think differently.
Challenges from the Knights
When he’s on his game, Marc-Andre Fleury is an almost impossible goalie to beat. And he’s been known to have Colorado’s number. That wasn’t the case this year, but playoffs Fleury is a different animal.
Vegas is also a big, heavy team. If they decide to start in with the rough stuff, things can get ugly. They can definitely present a problem for Colorado in that respect.
Advantages for the Avalanche
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare is a former Golden Knights, and he still makes his home in Vegas. Yet he loves scoring against his old team. He did so three times during the season — that’s a third of his total goals that came against Vegas.
Aside from Bellemare, Colorado has the distinct advantage in goal scorers, obviously. Our healthy top line alone can wreck havoc on their system. If it’s a skating game, the Avalanche will win.
One of the most interesting aspects of this round robin — besides getting to see Avs hockey again — will be to see how intense the games are. The Colorado Avalanche have one of the most competitive men in the NHL in Nathan MacKinnon. I suspect from Colorado’s perspective, then, these games will be filled with playoff intensity.