Vancouver Canucks (46-32-7) at Vegas Golden Knights (49-28-8)
NHL Hockey: Friday, September 4, 2020 at 3:33 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -230 / Vancouver Canucks +195 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Vancouver Canucks and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in a winner-take-all game seven in their Western Conference semi-final matchup in NHL action from Rogers Place on Friday.
The Vancouver Canucks will look to complete the series comeback after forcing a game seven after taking down Vegas by a final score of 4-0 last time out.
Jake Virtanen opened the scoring for the Canucks less than three minutes into the game and the lead held through the rest of the first and all of the second before J.T. Miller doubled Vancouver’s lead 1:03 into the final period. Quinn Hughes made it 3-0 just over eight minutes into the third period and despite Vegas outshooting the Cancuks 48-23 in the game, 39-15 over the final two periods and 22-8 in the 3rd, Vegas wouldn’t find the back of the net as Bo Horvat iced the win with an empty-netter with just under five minutes to play.
Thatcher Demko got the win in goal for Vancouver after stopping all 48 shots he faced for the shutout while Robin Lehner ended up with the loss for Vegas after allowing three goals on 22 shots faced in net in defeat.
Vancouver is 5-11 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and the favorite is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams as well.
I have said time and time again I think that Vegas is the most balanced team from top to bottom in the Western Conference and that the scoring can come from any and all of their lines as well as the defensive pairings and the goaltending’s been top notch. Well then I’ve had to eat my words over the last two games as Vegas has been outscored 6-1 in games 5 and 6. I could easily see Vegas going with Marc-Andre Fleury here as a stopper in goal, but I’m not sure it’ll matter much. The Canucks have every single bit of the momentum in this series right now behind the stellar goaltending of Thatcher Demko, and like it or not, the Canucks have just been playing the better hockey at the right time. Give me Vancouver and the heavy plus odds as my free pick for this game but I also have a premium pick on the total and you can find that pick here.