Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks - 9/3/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Vegas Golden Knights (49-27-8) at Vancouver Canucks (45-32-7)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 9:45 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +200 / Vegas Golden Knights -240 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Vegas Golden Knights and the Vancouver Canucks meet in game six of their best-of-seven Western Conference semi-final series in NHL action from Rogers Place on Thursday.
The Vegas Golden Knights will have another opportunity to close out the series despite dropping game five last time out by a final score of 2-1. The first period saw no scoring and neither did the first 15 minutes of the second period but Shea Theodore would give Vegas the lead with 4:48 to go in the middle frame, but Brock Boeser would tie the game at one just :24 later. The tie held up into the third period, where Elias Pettersson would put Vancouver in front just over three minutes into the 3rd, and despite Vegas outshooting Vancouver 15-7 in the 3rd and 43-17 in the game, the Golden Knights just didn’t have a response the rest of the way as Vancouver held on for a massive victory to force game six.
Thatcher Demko got the win in goal for the Canucks after stopping 42 of 43 shots faced in the winning effort while Robin Lehner ended up with the defeat for Vegas after allowing both goals on 17 shots faced in the losing effort.
Vegas is 21-5 in their last 26 games overall and 20-7 in their last 27 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 Thursday games. Vancouver is 2-6 in their last 8 games against the Pacific division while the over is 8-3-1 in their last 12 Thursday games. Vegas is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings between these two teams.
A lot of this series has been tight and with so much at stake, with Vegas potentially moving on and Vancouver fighting to keep their season alive, I think we see more of the same here. The problem is that I could see it being another one goal game either way you slice it, and if it’s a one goal game, there’s no value to laying this much juice with Vegas. Vancouver’s shown they can hang with the Golden Knights and have a nice bit of confidence after stifling the Knights last time out. I’ll lean towards Vancouver and the plus money as a free play for this game, but my stronger play is on the total and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.