The Vancouver Canucks roll into Las Vegas for a meeting with the Golden Knights. The Canucks head on the road after a couple of games at home, while Vegas is hosting their sixth game in a row at the T-Mobile Arena. The Knights were on the road for a stretch not too long ago, so this is their make up time at home. The Golden Knights came home still with an impressive record and have since built on it as well. They’re a stunning 40-16-2 on the year.
Most people have probably forgotten that this is an expansion team we’re talking about. When they got hot to begin the season, I thought everything would start to die down for them in the second-half. It’s not the case, as the Golden Knights have been on fire and bring with them a record that puts them in 1st in the Western Conference. They are just a point behind the Bolts for the best overall record in the NHL. Seattle, are you watching? The Knights are showing that expansion teams can compete.
It’s going to be interesting to see what Vegas does next year. Is a sophomore slump coming? I think after visiting teams cycle through Las Vegas, they will start to view the city as more of a business trip and they won’t be as dominant at home. Time will tell but they’ve exceeded all expectations thus far. I’m not going to make any future predictions on this team anymore.
The Canucks come into Vegas with a record of 23-30-7. The only team they are up on right now in the conference is the Arizona Coyotes. It hasn’t been the greatest year, but there is some talent on this team, notably Brock Boeser, who has this team thinking ahead to the future. Looking for a free NHL pick for Friday night? Get our free Canucks vs. Golden Knights pick below.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Vegas Golden Knights Pick
The Canucks were fluttering without Bo Horvat in the lineup. His return helped them out instantly. Horvat is another young talent that should have a promising career in Vancouver. However, there are really too many holes elsewhere on this roster to expect much more than a temporary boost. The offence hasn’t exactly been the issue for the Canucks. When you’re a team allowing 3.18 goals per game, good things usually aren’t going to happen. By that accord, the Canucks rank 25th in the league defensively. In their last ten games, they’ve given up about their average, with 3.2 allowed per game. In six of ten games, the Canucks have given up at least 4 goals. The offence has been doing fine with 3 goals per game in their last ten outings.
The first time these two squads met, the Golden Knights had their way with the Canucks in Vancouver. Vegas earned a 5-2 win behind a big 3rd period. It was tied at 2 before the Knights tacked on 2 goals and an empty net. Jacob Markstrom finished with a 0.862 save percentage. Since that game in November, the Golden Knights’ offence has continued to be relentless. They’re 2nd in the NHL with 3.45 goals per game, a spot behind the Lightning. The Knights are coming off a 7 goal performance against the Flames in a 7-3 win. I don’t foresee a 7-3 final tonight, but we should see a 4-3 or 5-3 game to push this one OVER the total.
PICK: OVER 6 (-110)