Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks - 8/29/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Vegas Golden Knights (47-26-8) at Vancouver Canucks (44-30-7)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 9:45 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +175 / Vegas Golden Knights -190 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Vancouver Canucks and Vegas Golden Knights meet Saturday 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 for 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.
The Golden Knights are 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games, 15-4 in their last 19 games as a favorite and 20-6 in their last 26 overall. The Canucks are 7-2 in their last 9 Saturday games, 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 break likely doesn't help the Vancouver Canucks, as they were fresh off an impressive game two victory where they actually had some momentum going for them and looked like they could make a move in this thing. The Vegas Golden Knights have had a chance to rest up and prepare for a key game three, and that's not what you want from an experienced team that's currently the betting favorites to win the cup. It's hard not to like Vegas in this spot, and I'll take the PL for added value.