By Ian Cameron  () 

Colorado Avalanche @ Vegas Golden Knights

Friday, 6 pm ET/3 pm PT

Two Western Conference contenders will square off in this highly anticipated matchup. Colorado is off to a tremendous 7-1-1 start and has done it with a tremendously deep four-line scoring attack, a very young and fast defensive corps and solid goaltending. The Avs will be up against a Golden Knights squad that returns home to T-Mobile Arena for this game after a three-game trip to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Chicago. Vegas has been very shaky defensively, especially since the injury to Nate Schmidt on the blue line. The Knights are just 2-2 in their last four games without Schmidt, and they were fortunate to win the two games they did against Ottawa and Pittsburgh. The Golden Knights were badly outplayed by the Penguins. Colorado has a great chance to catch its breath a bit as this is its first game since Monday, a loss in St. Louis to the defending champion Blues. It’s certainly not a terrible travel or scheduling spot for the Avalanche, which should be fairly well rested and appears to be in slightly better form right now. I’ll look to back Colorado on Friday night.

St. Louis Blues @

Boston Bruins

Saturday, 7 pm ET/4 pm PT

It’s a Stanley Cup Final rematch on Saturday night as the Boston Bruins host the St. Louis Blues. Before you rush to back Boston in the revenge role here, it’s worth noting the Bruins are entering the latter part of this week with multiple injuries up front, with David Krejci, Joakim Nordstrom and Karson Kuhlman out of the lineup. St. Louis snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Monday night. The Blues have struggled a bit defensively at times but got back to their strong play in their own zone, which is at the forefront of what made them a tough team en route to their championship last season. The Blues’ No. 1 goalie, Jordan Binnington, has been better on the road than at home throughout his young career, and he showed it in the final last season. Keep an eye on the Bruins’ injury report before this game on Saturday night because if the Bruins are shorthanded due to these cluster injuries up front, we might have the makings of a live Blues squad on the road getting the win in Boston.

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