Vegas Golden Knights (47-26-8) at Vancouver Canucks (44-30-7)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 9:45 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +175 / Vegas Golden Knights -190 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Vegas Golden Knights and the Vancouver Canucks meet in game three of their best-of-seven Western Conference semi-final series in NHL action from Rogers Place on Thursday.
Vegas will look to rebound and restore their series lead after Vancouver tied the series up at one win apiece with a 5-2 victory over the Golden Knights in game two last game.
Tyler Toffoli opened the scoring for Van-city just 1:29 into the game before Bo Horvat doubled Vancouver’s lead on the power play with just over nine minutes to [;ay in the first period. The lead held into the second where Alex Tuch got the Golden Knights on the board 6:34 into the middle period, but Elias Pettersson would restore the two-goal lead with just 1:25 to go in the second period. Horvat made the lead 4-1 just :18 into the 3rd with his second goal of the game, but Max Pacioretty would cut the deficit to 4-2 with 1:26 to go in the game. That was as close as Vegas would get the rest of the way however, as it was too little too late as Tanner Pearson iced the win for the Canucks with just :30 to go in the third period.
Jacob Markstrom got the win in net for the Canucks after stopping 38 of 40 shots faced in the win while Robin Lehner took the loss for Vegas after allowing 4 goals on 26 shots faced in the defeat between the pipes for Vegas.
Vegas is 20-6 in their last 26 games overall and 7-2 in their last 9 playoff games as a favorite while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Vancouver is 8-3 in their last 11 games overall and 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win while the over is 21-9-1 in their last 31 games overall. Vegas is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams.
I considered Vancouver and a play on the over if the game was played at it’s normal date and time as scheduled, but this break has given the Golden Knights an extra day to reflect and stew on the situation they’ve got themselves in here. I just think we see a more concerted and focused effort for Vegas as the Golden Knights come out with a vengeance and take it to the Canucks here. Give me Vegas on the puck line to knock down some of the juice here.