Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks - 8/27/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks - 8/27/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Gerry Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Vegas Golden Knights (47-26-8) at Vancouver Canucks (44-30-7)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 9:45 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: Vancouver Canucks +165 / Vegas Golden Knights -185 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Vancouver Canucks look for another victory to take a 2-1 series lead. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.25 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Bo Horvat leads Vancouver with eight goals, Elias Pettersson has 11 assists and Alexander Edler has 29 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.75 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 32 goals on 424 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed zero goals on five shots.

The Vegas Golden Knights look fo a bounce back performance to take a 2-1 series lead. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Tuch leads Vegas with six goals, Shea Theodore has seven assists and Nate Schmidt has 35 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 19 goals on 209 shots faced and Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed five goals on 44 shots.

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The Golden Knights are 15-4 in their last 19 games as a favorite, 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 20-6 in their last 26 overall. The Canucks are 7-2 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest, 8-3 in their last 11 games as an underdog and 8-3 in their last 11 overall. The over is 21-9-1 in Canucks last 31 overall. The Golden Knights are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Vancouver and 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.

The Vancouver Canucks put together a hell of a performance in their game two victory and certainly give Vegas something to think about. The Vegas Golden Knights are still the team to beat in these playoffs, but their defense has to step up in order to take control of things again. With that said, I'm leaning toward the over in this matchup. Both the Canucks and Golden Knights have had no issue scoring in the bubble, and six of the last nine meetings have produced seven or more goals. The over is 4-1 in the last five meetings. Large total, but give me the over six goals.

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