Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks - 8/30/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Vegas Golden Knights (47-26-8) at Vancouver Canucks (44-30-7)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +170 / Vegas Golden Knights -208 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Vancouver Canucks and Vegas Golden Knights meet Sunday in game four of the NHL West Second Round at the Rogers Place.
The Vancouver Canucks look for a bounce back performance to even up the series at 2-2. 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 another victory to take a commanding 3-1 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 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 15-4 in their last 19 games as a favorite and 20-6 in their last 26 overall. The Canucks are 8-3 in their last 11 games as an underdog, 8-3 in their last 11 playoff games as an underdog and 9-20 in their last 29 games playing on 0 days rest. 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 Vegas Golden Knights regained control of this series with a comfortable 3-0 victory, and the goaltending settled in by stopping all 31 shots on goal. I was afraid that the strike and the couple of days off would stop the Vancouver Canucks momentum, and they had their struggles in Saturday's loss. The Golden Knights continue to be the team to beat in the bubble, and each of their last five wins over the Canucks have been decided by two or more goals. Give me Vegas and the PL for max value.