Chicago Blackhawks at Vegas Golden Knights - 8/13/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Chicago Blackhawks (35-32-8) at Vegas Golden Knights (43-24-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 5:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -201 / Chicago Blackhawks +180 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Chicago Blackhawks and Vegas Golden Knights meet Thursday in game two of the NHL West First Round at the Rogers Place.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for a victory here to even up this series at 1-1. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Toews leads Chicago with four goals, Kirby Dach has four assists and Patrick Kane has 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 73.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 19 goals on 171 shots faced.
The Vegas Golden Knights have a chance to take full control of this series with a victory and a 2-0 lead. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 4.75 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Tuch leads Vegas with three goals, Mark Stone has three assists and Shea Theodore has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.75 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up seven goals on 82 shots faced and Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed four goals on 17 shots.
The Blackhawks are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-6 in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Golden Knights are 5-0 in their last 5 Thursday games, 11-2 in their last 13 games as a favorite and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The Blackhawks are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Vegas and 1-9 in the last 10 meetings.
The Chicago Blackhawks have earned a soft spot with me this season based on how they've cashed some nice tickets in the underdog role this season. However, the Vegas Golden Knights entered this series as one of the hottest teams in the league and did nothing in game on to change that. The Golden Knights have also dominated the Blackhawks since the team was formed a couple years ago. I'm not stepping in front of Vegas right now. Give me the Golden Knights and the PL for added value.