Vancouver Canucks at Vegas Golden Knights
|Date & Time||Sunday March 3, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)|
Las Vegas, NV
Vegas Golden Knights: -1 (-110) / Vancouver Canucks: 1 (-112)
The Vancouver Canucks and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in NHL action from the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Vancouver Canucks will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Arizona in their last outing. The two traded goals in the first period, with Arizona opening the scoring before Vancouver tied the game just 2:03 later. Arizona would re-take the lead just :44 after that, giving the Canucks a 2-1 deficit after the first period. Arizona jumped out to a 4-1 lead by the end of the 2nd before Antoine Roussel pulled a goal back for Vancouver to make it 4-2. That’s as close as Vancouver got though, as Arizona would respond just 1:34 later and send Vancouver back empty-handed. Thatcher Demko took the loss, falling to 1-1-0 after allowing all 5 goals on 24 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to build on a 3-game winning streak after a 3-0 win over Anaheim in their last outing. William Karlsson opened the scoring in the latter stages of the first period before Alex Tuch doubled the Golden Knights’ lead late in the 2nd period. The score would remain the same through most of the 3rd before Cody Eakin buried an empty-netter to seal the deal for Vegas and send Anaheim to yet another loss. Marc-Andre Fleury got the win to improve to 31-19-5 by stopping all 34 shots faced in the winning effort for his NHL-best 7th shutout of the season.
Vancouver is 20-45 in their last 65 road games and 31-65 in their last 96 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Vegas is 10-4 in their last 14 games against a team with a losing record and 19-3 in their last 22 Sunday games while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 home games. Vancouver is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Vegas appears to have gotten their home ice woes cured and while Vancouver has had lots of ups and downs this season, the fact is that the Canucks have been a profitable fade on the road for quite some time now. Vegas is starting to pick up steam at the right time with the playoffs right around the corner, so I’ll side with the Golden Knights to pick up another win on home ice.