Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights NHL Pick – April 6

The NHL is set up with another great slate of action throughout April 6. Five games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the Vancouver Canucks and the Vegas Golden Knights. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.

Vancouver has earned a record of 32-28-10 throughout this season, which has them in fifth place of the Pacific division. The Canucks have lost three games in a row and seven of their last nine. Vancouver is eight points out of a wild card spot, but will look to make one last push. I expect the Canucks to come out quickly on the road in this one.

The Golden Knights have put up a record of 39-28-4 so far this season, which has them in fourth place of the Pacific division. Vegas has won five games in a row and seven of their last nine. The Golden Knights have a one point lead on the final wild card spot with three extra games played. Vegas will look to earn a big two points in this one.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Canucks have struggled a bit more as of late and find themselves slipping out of hopes of a playoff chance. Vegas has picked up their play and will look for a big win in this one. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for a win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Vancouver Canucks +1 ½ (-195) +130 Over 5 ½ (-120)
Vegas Golden Knights -1 ½ (+165) -150 Under 5 ½ (+100)

 

Team Data Vancouver Canucks Vegas Golden Knights
Overall Record 32-28-10 39-28-4
Away/ Home Record 18-14-4 20-13-3
Goals Per Game 2.79 3.14
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.86 3.36
Save Percentage .910 .902
Save Percentage Away/ Home .905 .902

Betting Trends

Vancouver Canucks

  • 0-1 in April
  • 6-7 when playing on two days rest
  • 8-11 against divisional opponents
  • 10-8 after a divisional game
  • 6-3 after three or more straight losses
  • 15-23 against team with a winning record

Vegas Golden Knights

  • 2-0 in April
  • 5-3 when playing on two days rest
  • 15-6 against divisional opponents
  • 8-12 after a divisional game
  • 4-5 after three or more straight wins
  • 21-11 against team with a losing record

These two teams have met up twice throughout this season. Nils Hoglander had two goals and an assist for Vancouver in the first game, but it was not enough. Evgenii Dadonov had two goals and an assist, while Jonathan Marchessault had two goals as Vegas won 7-4. The second game was on April 3 in Vancouver. Marchessault had a goal and an assist as the Golden Knights grabbed a 3-2 win in overtime.

Special Teams

The Canucks have been solid on the power play throughout this season. Vancouver has scored on 46 of their 212 power play chances, which is a 21.7 percent success rate. The Canucks have killed off 142 of their opponents 195 power play attempts, which is a 72.8 percent penalty kill. Vancouver is 15th on the power play and 31st on the kill.

Vegas has been struggling on special teams throughout the season. The Golden Knights have capitalized on 34 of their 185 power play opportunities, which is an 18.4 percent power play. Vegas has given up 40 power play goals on 188 penalties against, which is a 78.7 percent kill rate. The Golden Knights are 24th on the man advantage and 17th on the penalty kill.

These two teams have been solid on special teams throughout this season. Vancouver has had the better power play on the season, but have a struggling penalty kill. The Golden Knights will look to score on the man advantage early. If either team can get a power play goal or two in this one, it could be enough to lift them to the win.

Goaltending Comparison

Thatcher Demko will likely get the start in the crease for Vancouver in this one. Demko has started in 54 games this season, going 28-20-6 in those matchups. He has posted a .916 save percentage and a GAA of 2.69 in those games. Demko’s last start was against Vegas. He finished with 27 saves on 30 shots in the overtime loss.

I expect Robin Lehner to get the nod between the pipes for the Golden Knights on Wednesday night. Lehner has earned a record of 22-15-1 in his 39 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .909 and a 2.75 GAA in his outings. Lehner finished with 26 saves on 28 shots in his last start against the Canucks, which was enough for the win.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Demko has been the better goalie throughout this season, but has lost six of his last seven. Lehner has won three of his last five and will look to keep it going. If either goalie can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Canucks have lost their first two games against Vegas and will look to bounce back after Sunday’s overtime loss. Vancouver has the edge on the power play and in net. If the Canucks can come out fast on the road, I like their chances to earn the win on the road.

Bovada has Vegas listed as a -150 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Golden Knights will win this game around 60 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams being solid on the season. The Canucks have struggled in their last stretch of games, but I think they will bounce back. As underdogs in this one, I like the value on Vancouver.

The Bet
Vancouver Canucks
+130
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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