Vegas Golden Knights vs Chicago Blackhawks Predictions, Game 4 Picks, Betting Tips 8/16/2020
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Sunday, August 15, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (-172) Blackhawks (+158)
Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks play the Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Place on Sunday in Game 4 of their series. Vegas leads 3-0. The Blackhawks open this contest at +158 while the Golden Knights are priced at -172. The total has been set at 6. The Golden Knights are covering 52.9% of the time, having gone 36-32 SU. The Blackhawks are covering 42.4% of the time, going 28-38 straight up.
The Vegas Golden Knights head into this matchup holding a record of 39 wins and 24 defeats, which is good for 1st in the Pacific Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 224 goals which ranks 2nd in the Western Conference and 9th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +15, which is good for 10th in the NHL. The Golden Knights have compiled a total of 86 points, which ranks 8th in the NHL and 3rd in the Western Conference. Regarding shots at the opposition, they have compiled a total of 2,450 which ranks 1st in the West and 1st in the NHL. As a unit, Vegas currently has a total of 1,810 hits which means they are averaging 25.5 per game. They have compiled a total of 781 blocks for the year. The man protecting the goal for Chicago is Robin Lehner from Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. He is 28 years old and has been on the ice a total of 2,055 minutes protecting the goal for the campaign. Lehner is conceding an average of 2.89 goals against average which places him at 20th in the West and 41st in the NHL among goalies. So far this season, he has surrendered 99 goals. His save % is .920 which places him at 8th in the West.
The Golden Knights went home feeling good about their game by earning a 2 - 1 win over the Blackhawks in Game 3. The Golden Knights offense left a lot to be desired in this win. In the game, they netted 2 out of the 26 shots they looked to score on. Moreover, they had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Vegas ended up with 8 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Golden Knights was 52 and the Corsi against was 39 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 57.1%. Their Fenwick was 38 and the Fenwick against sat at 29, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 56.7%. They won 24 face-off wins and were beaten on 13 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 42.3% and they had a PDO of 100.0 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks tallied a total of 27 shots. They finished with a total of 6 minutes in the box and they had 4 power play opportunities.
The Blackhawks will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the season they sit with 32 victories and 30 losses. in respect to goal differential, they are ranked 11th in the West and 22nd in the NHL with -6. They have a total of 208 goals for the season which has them sitting at 9th in the Western Conference. Chicago has a team save percentage of .913 which currently has them sitting 7th in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They are shooting 9.3% which puts them at 8th in the West. In net for Chicago is Corey Crawford who is having a marginal campaign by surrendering 2.77 goals against average and that has him ranked 17th among West goalies and 33rd in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 2,340 minutes he has played this year, he's given up 108 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .917, which has him ranking 13th among West goalies and 20th in the NHL among goaltenders.
In Game 3 Chicago wound up with a 42.9% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 39 while they conceded a Corsi of 52. Their Fenwick percentage was 43.3% by earning a Fenwick of 29 and the Golden Knights ending the game with a 38 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Chicago played and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. Their PDO at even strength was 100.0 and their oZS percentage was 57.7%. The Blackhawks converted 1 goal of the 27 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to score a goal. Concerning their opponent, the Golden Knights had 3 power play chances but were not able to score a goal. Chicago gave up 26 shots on goal and the Golden Knights ended up with 8 penalty mins.
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Tony's Pick: Take Vegas (-172)
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