The Colorado Avalanche will take on the Vegas Golden Knights for game four of the playoff series. The Avalanche finished the season with a record of 39-13-4. The Knights finished the season with a record of 40-14-2. The Avalanche lead the series 2-1.
Avalanche Lose First Playoff GameColorado lost their first playoff game in game three against the Vegas Golden Knights. They lost 3-2. Carl Soderberg and Mikko Rantanen each scored a goal. Philipp Grubauer was sharp in the loss, stopping 40 out of 43 shots faced.
Offense was excellent for the Avalanche this season and they were great in round one against the St. Louis Blues. They scored four goals or more in each of their games against the Blues and swept them in the first round. They continued to dominate against the Knights, scoring seven goals in game one and three goals in game two. They only scored two goals in game three and dropped their first playoff game. The Avs finished the season ranking first in goals per game and second in shots per game. Mikko Rantanen finished the season with 66 points and was tied for fifth in points and was fifth in goals. Nathan MacKinnon was not far behind him with 65 points. He leads the playoffs in points and goals.
Defense and goaltending were excellent for the Avalance this season and have been terrific in the playoffs. Philipp Grubauer started all four games in the first round. He allowed two goals or less in three out of the four games in round one. He has remained hot against Vegas, allowing just one goal in game one, two goals in game two, and three goals in game three. Colorado ended the season ranking third in goals against per game and first in shots against per game. Philipp Grubauer had a record of 30-9-1 with a 1.95 GAA and a .922 SV% this season. He ranked second in GAA, seventh in SV%, and tied for first in shutouts this season.
Knights Take Game ThreeThe Knights won game three 3-2 to win their first game of the series. Max Pacioretty, William Karlsson, and Jonathan Marchessault each scored a goal. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 18 out of 20 shots faced.
Offense was excellent for the Knights this season and they showed up in the series against the Wild in round one. They scored three goals or more in four out of seven games in the first round. In the second round against Colorado, they scored just one goal in game one, two goals in game two, and three goals in game three. The Knights finished the season ranking third in goals per game and fourth in shots per game. Mark Stone lead the team with 61 points this season.
Defense and goaltending were tremendous all season for the Knights and that continued in the first round of the playoffs. Vegas held the Wild to two goals or less in five out of the seven games in their series. However, in the second round against the Avalanche, they gave up a whopping seven goals in game one. They gave up three goals in game two and two goals in game three. The Knights ended the season ranking first in goals against per game and third in shots against per game. Marc-Andre Fleury had a record of 26-10-0 with a 1.98 GAA and a .901 SV% this season. He ranked third in GAA, third in SV% and second in shutouts. Fleury started all seven games against the Wild in round one and was terrific in the series. He played in games two and three against the Avs and has performed well. Robin Lehner had a record of 13-4-2 with a 2.29 GAA and a .913 SV% this season. He got lit up in game one against Colorado
- Vegas is 2-4 in their last six games
- Vegas is 2-4 in their last six games against an opponent in the West Conference
- Avalanche are 4-0 in their last four Sunday games
- Avalanche are 5-1 in their last six road games
- Colorado is 5-1 in their last six games on the road