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Vancouver Canucks vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 3/9/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Rogers Arena
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Line
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -177 / Vancouver Canucks +143 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
ATRM, CBC
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The Vegas Golden Knights and Vancouver Canucks meet Saturday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.

The Vegas Golden Knights look for another win to build on their five-game winning streak. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 17.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Pacioretty leads Vegas with 21 goals, Alex Tuch has 27 assists and Shea Theodore has 173 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 141 goals on 1,601 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 31 goals on 333 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed a combined one goal in their last three games.

The Vancouver Canucks could use a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 26 goals, Bo Horvat has 25 assists and Brock Boeser has 165 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 139 goals on 1,626 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 11 goals on 97 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.

The Golden Knights are 5-0 in their last 5 games as a favorite, 8-2 in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest and 7-2 in their last 9 games as a road favorite. The Canucks are 1-6 in their last 7 games as an underdog, 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Golden Knights are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Golden Knights last 5 overall. The under is 8-1 in Canucks last 9 overall.

The Vegas Golden Knights have found their groove again during this five-game winning streak, and Fleury is playing probably his best hockey of the season, allowing a combined two goals in his last four games. When Fleury keeps the puck out of the net, Vegas has a whole different feel as a team. The Vancouver Canucks haven't been able to catch a break these last couple of weeks and have lost badly in seven of the last eight meetings against Vegas. Five of Vegas' last seven wins against Vancouver have been won by three or more goals. Only one way to lean here.

Pick:
Vegas Golden Knights -177

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