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West Playoffs Second Round Game 3: Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights Preview, Betting Odds, How to Watch Live

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How to Watch Live: Game 3 Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights
Cale Makar and the Colorado Avalanche are on the verge of putting this series out of reach for the Vegas Golden Knights. GETTY IMAGES

The Colorado Avalanche had no business winning Game 2 of this series. After the Avs put up the most dominant performance in these playoffs in a 7-1 in Game 1, the storyline couldn't have been more different for the second game. The first difference for Game 2 was that Marc Andre-Fleury was back in net after a disastrous night for Robin Lehner who coach Peter DeBoer said was in to give Andre-Fleury a rest after starting every game in their first-round series against Minnesota. The logic makes sense on paper but it couldn't have worked out any worse for Vegas. Lehner didn't even dress for Game 2.

What TV Channel is Game 3: Avalanche-Golden Knights on?

Avalanche-Golden Knights will be shown on NBCSN at 10:00 p.m. ET. You can live stream NHL Playoff games on fuboTV.

How to Watch Avalanche - Golden Knights

When: Friday, June 4
Where: T-Mobile Arena - Las Vegas, NV
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NHL Playoffs free with fuboTV)

The disappointing thing for the Golden Knights is that they outperformed the Avs in almost every facet of the game and still lost in overtime. The Avs came out strong in the first period mostly because the Golden Knights were called for four penalties but then Vegas took over for the rest of the game. The had more than double the shots on goal the Avs did and they blocked the puck tremendously before it even got to the net. For Vegas to get back into this series they simply can't give the Avs that many chances on the power play. Colorado is too good with the man advantage that they eventually will score.

Vegas was the clear winner when playing at full-strength but even when they were outperforming the Avs, it always felt like they were playing from behind. It doesn't help when Philipp Grubauer has saved 63 of 66 shots in this series. He has earned earned that Vezina Trophy nomination in spades. Vegas might have a legitimate gripe about the way the lost in overtime having a slashing penalty in the first minutes of the extra period. But the refs didn't call a penalty when the Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog got cross-checked in the face on a faceoff in the waning minutes of the third period. The Avs almost scored on a beauty from Mikko Rantanen that Andre-Fleury played perfectly and still couldn't stop.

The way for the Vegas to get back into this game is keeping Colorado's top line of Landy, Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon good not great, because at the end of the day there is no containing them. The way to do that longterm to the Avs is to clog up the neutral zone. Slow down their production like they did the last two periods of regulation in Game 2 and then limit Colorado's chances on the power play and they can easily get this series back to being the close one we all expected.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Avalanche Odds: -1.5
Golden Knights Odds: +1.5
Money Line: Avalanche - 120  - Golden Knights --
Over/Under: 5.5

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