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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights - 1/5/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Las Vegas Golden Knights (27-10-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (19-14-6)

NHL Hockey: Friday, January 5, 2018 at 8:30 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -115 / Las Vegas Golden Knights +104 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds

TV: AT&TSN, CSNC

The Vegas Golden Knights and Chicago Blackhawks meet Friday in NHL action at the United Center.

The Vegas Golden Knights look for another victory after winning 11 of their last 13 games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. William Karlsson leads Vegas with 20 goals, Jonathan Marchessault has 22 assists and Reilly Smith has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Maxime Lagace has given up 49 goals on 383 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 28 goals on 359 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or less goals in each of their last 14 games.

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights - 1/5/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Blackhawks look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 14.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 17 goals, Duncan Keith has 19 assists and Brandon Saad has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 60 goals on 842 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 30 goals on 307 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.

The Golden Knights are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record, 19-4 in their last 23 vs. Western Conference and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The Blackhawks are 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 6-2 in their last 8 Friday games and 8-20 in their last 28 vs. Western Conference. The over is 4-0 in Blackhawks last 4 overall and the under is 4-1 in Golden Knights last 5 overall.

I've been backing the Las Vegas Golden Knights pretty much all season long, and it's paid off and more some. This run Vegas has been on is incredible. This may be a bad spot for the Golden Knights, as they're on the end of a back to back and playing a Blackhawks squad that needs a victory. However, Vegas hasn't lost back-to-back games since November 30-December 1, and this team seems to win when you least expect it. Give me the plus money based on the value.

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