The Vegas Golden Knights blew a chance to sweep the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup, so they will meet Tuesday night at Rogers Place in Edmonton for Game 5 of their Western Conference series.
The Blackhawks are on the verge of elimination and will give everything they have to force another game, so we expect to see a great battle Tuesday. Therefore, we bring you all need-to-know betting tips and trends for the Blackhawks versus Golden Knights Game 4.
The Blackhawks miss defensemen Brent Seabrook and Dennis Gilbert. The Golden Knights are without RW Tomas Nosek and C Paul Stastny.
What’s at Stake?
The Golden Knights need one more win to proceed to the next round. If they beat the Blackhawks in this one, the Knights will get a few days off extra, too. On the other side, Chicago’s season is on the line once again.
The Blackhawks are certainly encouraged with a 3-1 victory in Game 4, but the Golden Knights have been a better team in this series. Vegas has taken 51 shots more than Chicago thus far.
The Golden Knights have completely dominated the Blackhawks in three of their previous four encounters including that 3-1 defeat in Game 4. They took 49 shots Sunday, but Corey Crawford had an epic night between the pipes.
“I’m not worried about our offense,” Vegas head coach Peter DeBoer said. “Listen, you’ve got to be able to be prepared to win 1-0, 2-1 in this league at this time of year every night. That’s going to get harder and harder. I’m not concerned about us being able to score enough to win. That’s probably one of the best 60 minutes we’ve had since we’ve been in the bubble here. A lot more good than bad, and we’ve just got to keep building on it.”
Crawford has guarded the cage in all eight Blackhawks’ outings this postseason. He’s 4-4 with a 3.21 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
The Blackhawks have been struggling defensively all season. They’ve surrendered 15 goals in four qualifying games against the Edmonton Oilers, while Chicago was 16th in the league in goals against this past regular season (3.06).
On the other side, Robin Lehner has five starts for the Golden Knights this postseason, while Marc-Andre Fleury has guarded the cage on three occasions. Lehner is 4-1 with a 2.32 GAA and a .908 save percentage, suffering his only loss in Game 4 against the Blackhawks.
I expect the Golden Knights to finish the job in five games. They’ve been a better team so far, especially on the offensive end. Hereof, my best betting pick is Vegas to win straight up at -183. I know that the odds are not attractive, but I would avoid taking the risk with the puck line.
Since they joined the NHL in 2017, the Golden Knights have won 11 of their 13 meetings with the Blackhawks, and six of those 11 wins came by exactly a goal.
The over is 8-5 in 13 encounters between Vegas and Chicago. I’ve mentioned the Blackhawks’ defensive issues, while the Golden Knights haven’t impressed defensively either, so a betting pick on the over looks like another interesting option.