The Colorado Avalanche will try to extend their winning streak to seven games when they visit the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Second Round at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.
Colorado can set the Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques record for a winning streak at any point in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"Game 3 is always an important game," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said.
We've played pretty well in here at times this year (2-2-0 in regular season), and our guys are confident we can come in and play our game.".
The Golden Knights have lost four of their past five games including a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 2 and a 7-1 loss in Game 1 but are expecting energy from their crowd, which will be at full capacity for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Vegas is 2-2 at home in the playoffs after going 21-5-2 there in the regular season.
They are 114-48-13 at home in the regular season and playoffs combined since entering the NHL in 2017-18, including 5-4-0 against the Avalanche.
"There's no place on earth we'd rather be playing Game 3, I can tell you that," Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer said.
A Vezina Trophy finalist as the NHL's top goalie, Grubauer leads the playoffs in goals-against average (1.66) and save percentage (.943) among goalies with more than one game played2
1 offensive team (five goals per game) and have the leading goal-scorer in center Nathan MacKinnon (eight) in the playoffs.
The Golden Knights, the best defensive team in the regular season (2.18 goals against per game), did a better job in Game 2 of taking away the Avalanche's time and space; Colorado's top players didn't make the scoresheet in regulation.
1 power play in the playoffs (43.5 percent) and are 4-for-11 in the series.
In Game 2, the Golden Knights took three penalties for slashing, two for holding and one for delay of game, when defenseman Shea Theodore was pressured by MacKinnon in the defensive zone and cleared the puck over the glass.