Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 8/25/2020
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+158) Golden Knights (-196)
Jacob Markstrom and the Vancouver Canucks head to Rogers Place on Tuesday where they'll take on the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 of their series. Vegas leads the series 1-0. The Golden Knights open this matchup at -196 while the Canucks are coming in at +158. The O/U is set at 5.5. The Canucks cover 49.2% of the time, having gone 32-33 SU. Vegas covers 52.9% of the time, going 36-32 straight up.
The Canucks will look to clean up some issues after taking a 5 - 0 loss against the Golden Knights in their previous game. The Canucks offense left a lot to be desired in this defeat. In the game, they finished 0 of 26 at the net. Additionally, they had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to score. Vancouver ended up with 16 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Canucks was 57 and the Corsi against was 63 giving them a Corsi percentage of 47.5%. Their Fenwick was 32 while the Fenwick against was 45, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 41.6%. They took 34 face-off wins and lost 21 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 40.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 88.6 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the Vegas Golden Knights tallied 39 shots. They ended the game with 2 penalty mins and they had 3 power play opportunities.
The man in net for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom from Gavle, Sweden. He is 30 years old and has been on the ice a total of 2,552 minutes protecting the net for the season. Markstrom is allowing an average of 2.75 goals against average which has him sitting 14th among Western Conference goaltenders and 29th in the NHL among goaltenders. So far this year, he has surrendered 117 goals. His save % is .918 which has him sitting 10th among Western Conference goaltenders. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 224 goals which has them sitting at 3rd in the Western Conference and 10th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +10, which puts them at 13th in the NHL. The Canucks have a total of 78 points, which has them sitting at 20th in the NHL and 9th in the West. Regarding shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 2,153 which has them sitting at 10th in the West and 22nd in the NHL. As a unit, Vancouver currently has 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 this season.
In Game 1 Vegas earned a 52.5% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 63 while they allowed a Corsi of 57. Their Fenwick percentage was 58.4% by earning a Fenwick of 45 and the Canucks ending the game with a 32 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Vegas played and it was an excellent showing for this outing. Their PDO at even strength was 111.4 and they had an oZS percentage of 60.0%. The Golden Knights notched 5 goals of the 39 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play opportunities in this one and scored 1 out of those chances. Concerning the opposition, the Canucks had 1 power play opportunity but were not able to notch a goal. Vegas gave up 26 shots on goal and the Canucks earned a total of 16 penalty mins.
In goal for Vegas is Robin Lehner who is having an ok season by giving up 2.89 GAA and that places him 20th in the Western Conference and 41st in the NHL. In the 2,055 minutes he has played, he's given up 99 goals. He has a save % of .920, which has him ranking 8th in the Western Conference and 13th in the NHL. In terms of goal differential, they rank 3rd in the conference and 10th in the NHL with +15. They have a total of 224 goals for this season which is 2nd in the West. Vegas has a save percentage as a team of .900 which currently has them sitting 25th in the NHL, which tells us there should be some chances to score. They are shooting 9.1% which puts them at 10th in the West.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Vegas (-196)
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