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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Vancouver Canucks - 2/23/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Vancouver Canucks (23-30-7) at Vegas Golden Knights (40-16-4)
Date & Time Friday February 23, 2018, 10:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -240 / Vancouver Canucks +214 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The  Vancouver Canucks head to T-Mobile Arena for an NHL matchup with the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Vancouver Canucks have had problems with both their scoring and defense and the win column reflects those issues. Vancouver comes off of a 5-4, OT loss to Colorado where Darren Archibald, Nikolay Goldobin, Brandon Sutter and Bo Horvat all scored in the second. Anders Nilsson absorbed the loss for the Canucks with five goals allowed on 34 shots.

The balanced Avalanche attack featured five different goal scorers with Tyson Jost, Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog and Tyson Barrie each lighting the lamp in regulation before Nathan MacKinnon scored the winner in overtime. MacKinnon also posted three assists and Semyon Varlamov recorded 24 saves to get the win for the Avs. 

The Vegas Golden Knights are not going to fall off the map but the team has to keep winning with the San Jose Sharks waiting to pounce in the Pacific. Vegas has won four of five after routing Calgary 7-3 with TJ Brodie, Dougie Hamilton and Matthew Tkachuk scoring for the Flames while David Rittich gave up seven goals on 26 shots.

The explosive Golden Knights saw seven players light the lamp with Ryan Carpenter, William Karlsson, Reilly Smith, Alex Tuch, Luca Sbisa, Thomas Nosek and Cody Eakin all scoring. Marc-Andre Fleury picked up the win for Vegas with a 28 save effort. 

Canucks are 0-7 in their last 7 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game and under is 5-0 in Canucks last 5 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game and over is 7-1 in Canucks last 8 vs. a team with a winning record. Golden Knights are 6-0 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and over is 9-0 in Golden Knights last 9 Friday games and under is 4-0 in Golden Knights last 4 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.  

I’ll go with the always hot Golden Knight but the juice is unbearable and has to be knocked down…

Vegas -1 // will update

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