Chicago Blackhawks at Vegas Golden Knights - 8/11/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks at Vegas Golden Knights - 8/11/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks (35-31-8) at Vegas Golden Knights (42-24-8)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -200 / Chicago Blackhawks +175 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Blackhawks and Vegas Golden Knights meet Tuesday in game one of the NHL West First Round at the Rogers Place.

The Chicago Blackhawks are coming off a four-game series win over the Edmonton Oilers. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Toews leads Chicago with four goals, Kirby Dach has four assists and Patrick Kane has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.75 goals per game and are killing 70.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 15 goals on 137 shots faced.

The Vegas Golden Knights went 3-0 in round robin games against the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging five goals per game and are scoring on 27.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Tuch leads Vegas with three goals, Mark Stone has three assists and Shea Theodore has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 3.33 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up six goals on 62 shots faced and Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed four goals on 17 shots.

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The Blackhawks are 6-2 in their last 8 games as an underdog, 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win and 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games. The Golden Knights are 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win, 10-2 in their last 12 games as a favorite and 17-5 in their last 22 overall. The over is 4-1 in Blackhawks last 5 overall. The over is 4-1 in Golden Knights last 5 overall. The Blackhawks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Vegas and 1-8 in the last 9 meetings. The over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

The Chicago Blackhawks have been kind to us in the underdog role this season and they just won a series against a talented Edmonton team as the underdogs. There's value here looking at it from that point. However, the Vegas Golden Knights were arguably the most impressive team in the league through the round robin stages, picking up right where they left off in the regular season. The Golden Knights have also won eight of the nine meetings against the Blackhawks, and four of those victories were decided by two or more goals. In the last meeting back in December, Vegas beat Chicago, 5-1. 

I'm not trying to step in front of the Golden Knights right now. I'll lay the PL in game one of this series.

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Randy’s Pick Vegas Golden Knights -1.5

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