Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks NHL Pick – January 5th

The Golden Knights came close to knotting things up with the Blues late, but they ultimately took a loss, 2-1, to end their eight-game winning streak. It was bound to come to an end sooner or later, and I’m just glad we were able to cash in on their loss. The Golden Knights get a quick turnaround, as they leave St. Louis and head to Chicago for a date with the Blackhawks. Vegas earned a 4-2 win over the Hawks in their first ever meeting.

The Blackhawks fell victim to the Vegas Flu, and the Golden Knights were able to take care of the rest. The Knights won’t have that benefit tonight, and they just got finished with a close contest against the Blues last night. However, they won’t have to deal with Corey Crawford, as he will be sidelined yet again for this matchup. Filling in for Crawford will be Jeff Glass, who is a 32-year-old rookie. It took him a while to reach the NHL, but he’s been a competent enough replacement for Crawford. He spent 2009-2016 playing in the KHL.

Glass is holding it down better than Anton Forsberg was. Forsberg is now a backup to Glass, which can’t feel the best. Glass was a 3rd selection by the Ottawa Senators in 2004. He waited until 2017 to make his first start in the NHL, a lengthy wait for a lifer in the minor leagues. Even if he doesn’t stick around as Crawford’s backup, it’s been an experience to be a starting goaltender in the biggest stage in hockey. The way Forsberg played, I don’t think the Blackhawks are going to be too quick to go back to him, as long as Glass keeps it together. Glass has a 2.98 GAA in three games, which could be better, but they don’t have many options right now. Forsberg holds a 3.33 GAA, so pick your poison. Head below for our free Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks pick.

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Chicago Blackhawks Pick

On a back-to-back, I would not be surprised if we see Malcolm Subban tonight. Nothing has been confirmed as I write this, but Subban could get the nod over Fleury on Friday night. The Blackhawks can’t expect to get outstanding goaltending from Glass, so this game might come down to the Chicago offence. Overall this season the Hawks have scored 3 goals per game, and in their last ten games they’ve averaged 3 per game. Since Crawford went down, the Blackhawks have allowed 3.6 goals per game. The offence didn’t do anything for the Golden Knights last night, but they should find goals against Jeff Glass on Friday night.

Despite the loss last night, the Golden Knights have won eight of their last nine games. It’s been an impressive showing on both ends of the ice, with 3.3 goal scored per game and 1.6 allowed in their last ten games. I can see the Golden Knights being a little tired after competing with a physical Blues team last night. However, the thought of Glass getting hit hard wouldn’t surprise me. The Blackhawks have shown no concept of keeping the puck out of their own net without Corey Crawford. Glass is a nice story and all, but at the end of the day, the Blackhawks will not be able to get by on him for very long. Scott Darling would have been awfully nice to have right now. The Hawks have gone 4-0 to the OVER in their last four, all without Crawford between the pipes. I’d take a look at the OVER at the United Center on Friday night. I hope you all have a great weekend!

PICK: OVER 6 (-110)

Kyle E / Author

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