Vancouver Canucks at Vegas Golden Knights - 9/4/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Vancouver Canucks (45-32-7) at Vegas Golden Knights (49-27-8)
NHL Hockey: Friday, September 4, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights / Vancouver Canucks --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Vancouver Canucks and Vegas Golden Knights meet Friday in game seven of the NHL West Second Round at the Rogers Place.
The Vancouver Canucks look for another victory to advance to their first conference final since the 2010-11 season. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.93 goals per game and are scoring on 23 percent of their power play opportunities. Bo Horvat leads Vancouver with nine goals, Quinn Hughes has 13 assists and Alexander Edler has 36 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 40 goals on 491 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed one goal on 48 shots.
The Vegas Golden Knights look to advance to their second conference final in their first three seasons. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.54 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Tuch leads Vegas with seven goals, Shea Theodore has 10 assists and Nate Schmidt has 44 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.38 goals per game and are killing 85.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 21 goals on 257 shots faced and Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed eight goals on 75 shots.
The Canucks are 19-9 in their last 28 games following a win and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Golden Knights are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 21-6 in their last 27 overall. The over is 4-1 in Canucks last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Canucks are 5-11 in the last 16 meetings. The favorite is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.
The Vancouver Canucks have all the momentum in this series, as they saved their season twice with back to back victories, and they slowed down that explosive Vegas offense by outscoring them 6-1 in those two games. The Canucks are fresh off a 4-0 shutout victory, and that's with the Golden Knights getting 47 shots on goal. The Canucks also played their best period in the third where they put the game away with three goals, so they should feel great about themselves entering game seven. With that said, the Vegas Golden Knights have been the team to beat throughout these playoffs and you have to believe they'll figure things out to finally close the deal. Vegas also has lost three or more straight games just once since November 27, so this team bounces back quickly.
I like the Golden Knights to finally advance.