Vegas Golden Knights (45-24-8) at Chicago Blackhawks (35-33-9)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +158 / Vegas Golden Knights -172 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Chicago Blackhawks and Vegas Golden Knights meet Sunday in game four of the NHL West First Round at the Rogers Place.
The Vegas Golden Knights have a chance to complete the sweep here and advance to the next playoff series. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 4.6 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Tuch leads Vegas with three goals, Reilly Smith has four assists and Shea Theodore has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 10 goals on 107 shots faced and Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed four goals on 17 shots.
The Chicago Blackhawks need a victory here to save their season and force a game five on Tuesday. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 3.33 goals per game and are scoring on 22.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Toews leads Chicago with four goals, Patrick Kane has six assists and Dominik Kubalik has 16 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.83 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 23 goals on 210 shots faced.
The Golden Knights are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Chicago and 10-1 in the last 11 meetings. The favorite is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings. The over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
The Chicago Blackhawks have been kind to us in the underdog role this season and they're a prideful franchise that won't go down without a fight. You can talk yourself into the plus money here if you really wanted to. However, the Vegas Golden Knights have pretty much established themselves as the team to beat right now, as they went 3-0 in round robin games, getting whatever they wanted offensively, and they've been comfortably the better team in this series. Marc-Andre Fleury and Robin Lehner are probably the best 1-2 goalie tandem in the league right now.
As I've said for a while, I'm not stepping in front of Vegas, and I'll lay the juice to avoid getting burned on the PL.