Vancouver Canucks vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 12/15/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (-104) Golden Knights (-106)
T-Mobile Arena is the site where Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (17-13-5, 4th in the Pacific Division) will play the Vancouver Canucks (16-12-4, 5th in the Pacific Division) on Sunday. The Golden Knights open this contest at -106 while the Canucks are coming in at -104. The over/under is set at 6. The Canucks are covering 44.8% of the time, having gone 13-16 SU. Vegas is covering 43.8% of the time, going 14-18 straight up.
The Vancouver Canucks step onto the ice with a record of 16 victories and 12 losses, which is good for 5th in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 102 goals which is 3rd in the conference and 11th in the league. Their goal differential is +8, which is good for 12th in the league. The Canucks have a total of 36 points, which is 17th in the league and 9th in the conference. In terms of shots on goal, they have a total of 1,026 which is 6th in the West and 14th in the league. As a group, Vancouver has earned a total of 563 hits which means they are averaging 17.6 per game. They have a total of 393 blocks for the season. The man in net for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom from Gavle, Sweden. He is 30 years old and has played 1,210 mins in goal this year. Markstrom is giving up an average of 2.58 goals per game which has him sitting 9th in the West and 20th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the year, he's surrendered 52 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .918 which has him sitting 12th in the West.
The Vancouver Canucks were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 1 - 0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes their last time out. The Canucks didn't have their best offensive outing in this victory. For this outing, they scored on 1 out of the 26 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 5 power play chances but weren't able to net one. Vancouver ended up with 8 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Canucks sat at 29 and the Corsi against was 46 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 38.7%. Their Fenwick was 24 while the Fenwick against was 38, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 38.7%. They took 21 face-off wins and lost 22 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 45.8% and they had a PDO of 105.0 for this matchup. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Carolina Hurricanes racked up 43 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 10 minutes in the box and they earned 4 power play opportunities.
The Golden Knights will be looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 17 victories and 13 defeats. With regard to goal differential, they currently sit 8th in the conference and 18th in the NHL with 0. They currently have a total of 100 goals for the season which has them ranked at 5th in the West. Vegas has a team save percentage of .909 which has them 11th in the NHL, which tells us there should be some chances to score. They are shooting 8.5% which is good for 13th in the West. In goal for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having an ok season by surrendering 2.54 GAA and that ranks him 8th among West goaltenders and 19th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,277 mins he has been on the ice this year, he has allowed 54 goals. His save % is .919, which has him placed 10th among West goaltenders and 18th among goalies in the NHL.
The Vegas Golden Knights squared up with the Dallas Stars in a matchup where the Golden Knights ended up with the win by a score of 3 - 2. For this game, Vegas wound up with a 50.5% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 52 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 51. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 56.3% by earning a Fenwick of 40 and the Stars earning a 31 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Vegas played and you can say they had a mediocre outing. They had a PDO at even strength of 103.2 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 37.4%. The Golden Knights notched 3 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play chances in this outing but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. In discussing their opponent, the Stars had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Vegas conceded 30 shots on goal and the Stars had a total of 4 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Vancouver (-104)
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