Vegas Golden Knights (44-24-8) at Chicago Blackhawks (35-32-9)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +170 / Vegas Golden Knights -200 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Vegas Golden Knights and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in game three of their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series in NHL action from Rogers Place on Saturday night.
The Vegas Golden Knights come into this one looking to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the series after taking down Chicago in game two by a final score of 4-3 to go up two games to none in the series. Paul Stastny opened the scoring for Vegas just after the midway point of the opening period and Tomas Nosek pushed Vegas’ lead to 2-0 just under five minutes later. Kirby Dach got Chicago on the board just over three minutes into the second period and Dominik Kubalik tied the game up at two goals apiece with just under eight minutes to go in the second. Mark Stone restored Vegas’ lead with 2:40 to go in the middle frame, but Dylan Strome would tie the game for Chicago once again, this time at 3-3 just 2:26 after Stone scored to push Vegas in front. Neither side would find the back of the net in the 3rd period, so it was off to overtime where Reilly Smith buried the winner for Vegas just over seven minutes into the extra period to give the Golden Knights the win.
Robin Lehner got the win in goal for Vegas after stopping 22 of 25 shots faced in the victory while Corey Crawford took the loss in net for the Blackhawks after giving up four goals on 39 shots in the defeat.
Vegas is 12-2 in their last 14 games as a favorite and 13-3 in their last 16 games following a win while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Chicago is 0-7 in their last 7 conference quarter-final games and 7-3 in their last 10 games against the Pacific division while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Vegas is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams
I do think that Vegas wins this one to go up 3-0 in the series, but I’ve been burned with the puck line multiple times in the quarter-finals and I’m not paying this kind of juice. Instead, I’ll side with the over. We’ve seen 12 goals in the first two games of this series and neither side is particularly shy offensively when the opportunities present themselves. I think we could see another 7 or 8 goal game here, so I’ll take the over.