The Chicago Blackhawks, spearheaded by Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat, are ready to take the ice against Mark Stone, William Karlsson, and the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in a Western Conference showdown. The opening face-off takes place at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 13, and fans at home can catch it live on NBC Sports Network.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vegas Golden Knights Odds
Vegas (-230) is currently favored over Chicago (+190), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 7 goals (-120 for the under, +100 for the over). All lines are from DraftKings Sportsbook
Vegas is 9-10 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. That early-season winning percentage is a regression from the 43-39 record that the team posted during the 2018-19 season campaign. Of the team’s 19 games this season, 10 have gone over the total, while nine have gone under and none have pushed. The team is 4-5 SU at home this year.
The Golden Knights have converted on 21.2 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated fourth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 87.7 percent of all penalties.
Sporting a .920 save percentage and 27.7 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (9-6-1) has been the principal option in goal for Vegas this season. If Vegas decides to give him a breather, however, head coach Gerard Gallant may go with the winless Malcolm Subban (0-4-4 record, .899 save percentage, 3.21 goals against average).
Chicago has lost 5.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 6-11 straight up (SU). Through 17 regular season matches, 10 of its games have gone under the total, while six have gone over and just one has pushed. As the visiting team this season, the Blackhawks are 1-6 SU.
The Blackhawks have converted on just 14.3 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 22nd overall and it’s successfully killed off 79.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Robin Lehner (32.7 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Chicago. Lehner owns a 4-6-3 record, and has registered a .934 save percentage and 2.51 goals against average this year.
Chicago Blackhawks at Vegas Golden Knights Betting Picks
Prediction: Over The Total
Four of Vegas’ last ten games have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 1-3 overall in those games.
The Blackhawks are 2-7 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Golden Knights are 6-5 SU when they spend more time in the box than the opposition.
Vegas is 2-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while Chicago is 0-2 in shootouts.
Chicago skaters have averaged 9.8 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 11.0 giveaways per game (ranked 18th in the league).
Vegas has averaged 11.0 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 9.5 giveaways per game (the 9th-fewest in the NHL).
This game features two of the tougher defenses in the league. Chicago skaters have accounted for the league’s fourth-most hits per game (27.2) while the Knights have recorded the sixth-most (26.7).