Vancouver Canucks at Vegas Golden Knights - 8/23/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Vancouver Canucks at Vegas Golden Knights - 8/23/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks (43-29-7) at Vegas Golden Knights (46-25-8)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -175 / Vancouver Canucks +155 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Vancouver Canucks and Vegas Golden Knights meet Sunday in game one of the NHL West Second Round at the Rogers Place.  

The Vancouver Canucks are coming off a six-game series victory over the St. Louis Blues. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 26.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Bo Horvat leads Vancouver with six goals, Quinn Hughes has nine assists and JT Miller has 25 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 25 goals on 350 shots faced.

The Vegas Golden Knights are coming off a five-game series win over the Chicago Blackhawks. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.75 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Shea Theodore leads Vegas with four goals, Reilly Smith has five assists and Nate Schmidt has 28 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.63 goals per game and are killing 86.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 15 goals on 157 shots faced and Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed five goals on 44 shots.

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The Canucks are 0-6 in their last 6 Sunday games, 7-2 in their last 9 vs. Western Conference and 7-2 in their last 9 overall. The Golden Knights are 14-3 in their last 17 games as a favorite, 29-9 in their last 38 Sunday games and 21-6 in their last 27 overall. The over is 20-8-1 in Canucks last 29 overall. The favorite is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Vegas Golden Knights would be the pick for me based on them looking like the best team in the league right now and the fact they've won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Canucks, but the prices with Vegas are getting steeper and steeper. To avoid laying heavy juice, I'm looking at the over in this spot. Both the Canucks and Golden Knights have had no issues finding the back of the net in the bubble, and seven of the last 10 meetings have produced seven or more goals. The last three games between the Golden Knights and Canucks have produced a combined 26 goals.

Yeah, give me the over 5.5 goals.

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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