The Vegas Golden Knights blanked the Vancouver Canucks in the opener, while the ‘Nucks bounced back immediately and tied this Western Conference second-round series at 1-1 this past Tuesday. The top-seeded Knights were listed as firm favorites, but the Stanley Cup is full of surprises as always.
Game 3 between Vegas and Vancouver is set for Thursday night at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, so we bring you the best betting pick along with all must-read betting tips and trends for Golden Knights versus Canucks showdown.
The Knights are without RW Tomas Nosek, while the ‘Nucks miss LW Michael Ferland and defenseman Tyler Myers.
Vegas opened as a -187 fave on BetAmerica. The Golden Knights were listed as -200 favorites in a 5-0 victory in Game 1, while they’ve lost 5-2 as -220 favorites in Game 2. The totals are set exactly six goals on BetMGM with both over and under at -105 odds.
What’s at Stake?
The winner of this game will take the lead in the series, but the end is still far away. Over the last four years, seven of eight Western Conference second-round series saw all seven games.
Vegas entered the second round with seven wins in eight outings this summer. Therefore, rarely who expected to see the Canucks on top in Game 2, especially after a tough loss in the opener. Vegas is 9-3 in 12 meetings with Vancouver, while the over is 8-4 in that span.
The Golden Knights dominated the opener and took 13 shots more than their rivals. Robin Lehner posted 26 saves for his first shutout of the postseason, while five different players netted for the Knights.
However, the Canucks stormed the front in Game 2 and took a 2-0 lead in the 1st period. They finished the clash with 13 shots fewer than Vegas once again, but the ‘Nucks’ felt comfortable with a 4-1 lead early in the third.
Bo Horvat netted twice, while Tyler Toffoli returned to the ice and scored a goal along with a couple of dishes. Elias Pettersson also had a goal and two assists.
Jacob Markstrom had some tough time in the office in Game 1, but he was excellent last Tuesday, allowing a pair of goals on 40 shots. Markstrom is 8-4 with a 2.64 GAA and a .925 save percentage this postseason.
Robin Lehner allowed four goals on 26 shots in Game 2, so we’ll see who’s going to patrol the crease for the Golden Knights in Game 3. Lehner is 6-2 with a 2.34 GAA and a .909 save percentage this postseason, while Marc-Andre Fleury is 2-0 with a 2.50 GAA and a .886 save percentage.
The Knights can rotate their goaltenders, but the Canucks lean exclusively on Markstrom.
Tyler Toffoli’s return is a huge boost for Vancouver’s offense, so I’m looking for high-scoring affairs in this series. I’ve got burned in the opener, but Game produced seven goals in the total. The Canucks’ offense looked nice last Tuesday, but they still allowed a lot of scoring opportunities to Vegas.
The Golden Knights are a better team on paper and possess great depth, but I would continue avoiding the side bet in this series. Neither side has impressed defensively, so I’m sticking with the totals.