(AP Photo/John Locher)APTwo West Division heavyweights will continue to duke it out in Game 5 of a second-round NHL Playoff series Tuesday night. The Colorado Avalanche are scheduled to host the Vegas Golden Knights at 8 p. m. ET June 8 on NBC Sports Network with the best-of-seven series tied at two wins apiece. WATCH LIVE: fuboTV (free trial); Hulu Live TV (free trial); SlingThe Avs and Knights tied atop the West Division standings with 82 points during the regular season, the highest total across the NHL.
The game against Vegas is one of two home preseason contests this week, the second coming on Tuesday against Minnesota, also at 7 p. Colorado will also face the Golden Knights again on Wednesday at 8 p. CONNECTIONSAvalanche center Ben Meyers played collegiately at the University of Minnesota and was also born in Delano, Minn. Wild defenseman Jon Merrill was a part of Vegas' inaugural team and played three seasons with the team. Wild goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was Vegas' first pick in their expansion draft and quickly began a fan favorite, helping lead the team to a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in the team's first season in 2018. Colorado defenseman Brad Hunt also played on Vegas' inaugural team, during the 2018-19 season. During the 2018-19 season Hunt was traded to Minnesota with Vegas' sixth round pick from the 2019 NHL Draft in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
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Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson was born in Bloomington, Minn. and played collegiately at the University of Minnesota. HISTORYThe most notable postseason moment between the Avs and Wild was when (current general manager) Joe Sakic scored his eighth (and final postseason) overtime goal in Game 1 of the 2008 Western Conference Quarterfinals, a series the Avs would go on to win in six games. Sakic's record of eight overtime postseason goals still stands today. Most recently, Colorado lost to Minnesota in the first round of the 2013-14 playoffs in seven games. After building a 2-0 lead in a second round series against the Golden Knights in the 2020-21 playoffs, the Avalanche would go on to lose the next four games and lose the series.
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3%). They are 6-3-1 in those games. The Golden Knights’ offense has put up 33 goals during their last 10 outings, while their defense has conceded 30 goals. They have recorded 29 power-play opportunities during that time, and have scored 10 goals (34. 5%). They are 5-4-1 over those contests. Tune in to watch the Avalanche and Golden Knights meet on.
Vegas Golden Knights at Colorado Avalanche Game 5 free live stream (6/8/21): How to watch NHL, time, channelColorado Avalanche defenseman Ryan Graves (27) checks Vegas Golden Knights right wing Keegan Kolesar (55) into the boards during the second period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Sunday, June 6, 2021, in Las Vegas.
Minnesota began their offseason by shipping off star forward Kevin Fiala to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Brock Faber and a 2022 1st first round pick (19th overall, selected Liam Ohgren, signed to a three-year, entry-level contract). Minnesota followed up the move by signing Marc-Andre Fleury to a two-year, seven-million dollar contract. In a somewhat surprising move, the team then traded their starting goalie from last season (Cam Talbot) to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Filip Gustavsson. The Wild's most recent transactions were signing Sam Steel to a one-year contract and trading Dmitry Kulikov to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for future considerations.
Avalanche vs. Golden Knights: Live stream, TV info, time and more | January 2A pair of Western Conference squads meet when the second-place Vegas Golden Knights (25-12-2) visit the ninth-place Colorado Avalanche (19-13-3) at Ball Arena on Monday at 9:00 PM ET. The Avalanche’s offense has totaled 25 goals in their past 10 outings, while allowing 25 goals. A total of 28 power-play opportunities during that time have netted four power-play goals (14.
ROSTER REPORTGabriel Landeskog will be out to start the season for the Avs (lower-body injury). Darren Helm and Valeri Nichushkin (lower body) have been skating. Jordan Greenway and Jon Merill (both upper-body injuries) are skating to begin the Wild's training camp but are still expected to miss the beginning of the regular season. Mark Stone (upper body) was a full participant in practice as training camp kicked off for the Golden Knights but is unlikely to travel with the team nor play in Sunday night's game against the Avalanche. SCOUTING THE WILDThe Wild had a busy offseason, looking to build off their 2nd second place finish in the Central Division.
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Then they each fended off challengers in the first round of the postseason to set up a meeting in the second round. So far, no home team has lost in this series. Colorado scored a blowout win in Game 1 and a narrow victory in Games 2. When the series shifted to Las Vegas, the Knights had one one-goal win and then pounded the Avalanche, 5-1, in Game 4 Sunday to even the series. Vegas center Jonathan Marchessault netted three goals in fewer than 15 minutes on the ice in Game 4, providing his team with a crucial boost.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN KNIGHTSSince entering the league in 2017, Vegas has not been shy about making moves and this offseason was no different. The Knights' offseason began by trading Evgenii Dadonov to the Montreal Canadiens for Shea Weber. Vegas then extended Daniil Miromanov and Jonas Rondbjerg to two and three-year contract extensions. The Knights brought back unrestricted free agents Brett Howden and Reilly Smith on one and three-year contracts.
Game Preview (Split): Avalanche vs. Wild & Golden KnightsCOLORADO AVALANCHE VS. MINNESOTA WILD 2:00 PM MT | XCEL ENERGY CENTERWATCH: ALTITUDELISTEN: 92. 5AMCOLORADO AVALANCHE VS. VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS7:00 PM MT | BALL ARENAWATCH: ALTITUDELISTEN: 92. 5AMThe Colorado Avalanche begin the preseason on the road, taking on the Minnesota Wild at 2 p. m. MT. The Avs will also be playing the Vegas Golden Knights Sunday night. That matchup starts at 7 p. MT at Ball Arena.
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