Vancouver Canucks (43-29-7) at Vegas Golden Knights (46-25-8)

Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 10:30 pm

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A fair bit has changed since the two meetings between Vegas and Vancouver back in December, as the Golden Knights upgraded their goaltending corps by shipping out Malcolm Subban and bringing in Robin Lehner. On the other hand, Vancouver stayed the course with Jacob Markstrom in goal and it paid dividends as the Canucks took care of the defending champion Blues, well now ex-champion. The Canucks took advantage of some shaky goaltending on St. Louis’ part and while Vegas is a step up in the goaltending department from a confidence level, the Golden Knights did have a couple of games where the goaltending looked suspect and gave up a few goals. I know it’s a playoff environment, but 5.5 seems low for this matchup when each of the two regular season meetings saw nine goals apiece. I think both teams will have their scoring mitts on here for game one as both will be out to build some momentum early so give me the over as my premium pick for this game.

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