Vegas Golden Knights vs Vancouver Canucks Prediction, 9/3/2020 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Thursday, September 3, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (-222) Canucks (+180)
Robin Lehner and the Vegas Golden Knights are headed to Rogers Place on Thursday where they'll meet the Vancouver Canucks in Game 6 of their series. Vegas leads the series 3-2. The Golden Knights open this matchup at -222 while the Canucks are priced at +180. The over/under has been set at 6.5. The Golden Knights are covering 52.9% of the time, having gone 36-32 SU. The Canucks are covering 49.2% of the time, going 32-33 straight up.
The Golden Knights were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 2 - 1 loss against the Canucks in Game 5. They left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the loss. In the game, they scored on 1 of the 43 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 2 power play chances but weren't able to score. Vegas had 10 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Golden Knights was 71 and the Corsi against was 34 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 67.6%. Their Fenwick was 50 and the Fenwick against sat at 22, which gave them a rate of 69.4%. They won 27 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 28 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 73.2% and they had a PDO of 89.2 in this game. Regarding their opponent, the Vancouver Canucks tallied a total of 17 shots. They had 8 penalty minutes and they had 3 power play opportunities.
The man looking after the goal for Vegas is Robin Lehner from Ostrava, Czechoslovakia. He is 28 years old and has racked up 2,055 mins protecting the goal this year. Lehner is allowing an average of 2.89 goals per game which has him sitting 20th among West goalies and 41st among goalies in the NHL. For the season, he has given up 99 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .920 which has him sitting 8th among West goalies. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 224 goals which is good for 2nd in the conference and 9th in the league. Their goal differential is +15, ranking them 10th in the league. The Golden Knights currently have a total of 86 points, which is good for 8th in the league and 3rd in the conference. Regarding shots on goal, they currently have a total of 2,450 which is good for 1st in the conference and 1st in the league. As a team, Vegas has obtained a total of 1,810 hits which has them averaging 25.5 per contest. They currently have a total of 781 blocks for this season.
In Game 5 Vancouver went home with a 32.4% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 34 while they allowed a Corsi of 71. They had a Fenwick percentage of 30.6% by notching a Fenwick of 22 and the Golden Knights finishing with a 50 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Vancouver had and it could be said that this team has had better games. Their PDO at even strength was 110.8 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 26.8%. The Canucks scored 2 goals out of the 17 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Golden Knights had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Vancouver gave way to 43 shots on goal and the Golden Knights racked up a total of 10 penalty minutes.
In net for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom who is having an average season by giving up 2.75 goals against average and that has him ranked 14th among West goalies and 29th in the NHL. In the 2,552 mins he's been on the ice this year, he's allowed 117 goals. His save % is .918, which places him at 10th among West goalies and 16th in the NHL. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 5th in the Western Conference and 13th in the league with +10. They have compiled a total of 224 goals for this year which puts them at 3rd in the West. Vancouver has a save % as a team of .907 which currently has them ranked 12th in the league, which means there should be some chances to score. They have a shooting percentage of 10.4% which puts them at 4th in the Western Conference.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Vancouver (+180)
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