Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 8/23/2020
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+159) Golden Knights (-200)
Rogers Place is the site where Robin Lehner and the Vegas Golden Knights will take on the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday in Game 1 of their series. The Golden Knights open this game at -200 while the Canucks are coming in at +159. The O/U is set at 5.5. The Canucks are covering 49.2% of the time, having gone 32-33 SU. Vegas is covering 52.9% of the time, going 36-32 straight up.
The Canucks were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 6 - 2 victory over the Blues in their last contest to close out the series. The Canucks played really well in the victory. While out there on the ice, they converted 6 of the 25 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 2 power play attempts and netted 1 goal out of those chances. Vancouver had 4 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Canucks sat at 39 and the Corsi against was 69 giving them a Corsi percentage of 36.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 31 while the Fenwick against sat at 43, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 41.9%. They won 29 face-off wins and were beaten on 26 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 40.0% and they had a PDO of 114.4 for this game. Regarding their opponent, the St. Louis Blues tallied a total of 36 shots. They finished with 4 penalty mins and they earned 2 power play attempts.
The Vancouver Canucks head into this game holding a record of 36 wins and 27 defeats, putting them at 4th in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 224 goals which is 3rd in the conference and 10th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +10, putting them at 13th in the NHL. The Canucks have a total of 78 points, which is 20th in the NHL and 9th in the conference. In connection with shots toward the net, they have a total of 2,153 which is 10th in the West and 22nd in the NHL. As a team, Vancouver has earned a total of 1,292 hits which means they have an average of 18.7 per contest. They have a total of 915 blocks for the year. The man in goal for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom from Gavle, Sweden. He is 30 years old and has been on the ice a total of 2,552 mins in goal for the year. Markstrom is giving up 2.75 goals per contest which places him at 14th among West goalies and 29th in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he's given up 117 goals. He's earned a save % of .918 which places him at 10th among West goalies.
The Golden Knights went up against the Blackhawks in an outing where the Golden Knights earned a victory by a score of 4 - 3 to win that series. Vegas had a 56.9% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 66 while they surrendered a Corsi of 50. Their Fenwick rate came in at 58.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 48 and the Blackhawks having a 34 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Vegas played and they showed up in this game. They had a PDO at even strength of 96.4 and they had an oZS percentage of 67.7%. The Golden Knights scored 4 goals of the 39 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 1 power play chance in this one and scored 1 on that attempt. On the other side of the ice, the Blackhawks had 1 power play chance but weren't able to take advantage of it. Vegas gave way to 26 shots on goal and the Blackhawks had 2 penalty minutes.
The Golden Knights will be looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 39 wins and 24 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they currently sit 3rd in the Western Conference and 10th in the NHL with +15. They have earned a total of 224 goals for this year which is good for 2nd in the conference. Vegas has a team save % of .900 which has them sitting 25th in the NHL, which means there should be some chances to score. They have a shooting percentage of 9.1% ranking them 10th in the West. In goal for Chicago is Robin Lehner who is having an average campaign by allowing 2.89 goals against average and that places him 20th among Western Conference goalies and 41st in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,055 minutes he's played this year, he has given up 99 goals. He holds a save percentage of .920, which has him ranked 8th among Western Conference goalies and 13th in the NHL among goalies.
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Guy's Pick: Take Vegas (-200)
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