Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vegas Golden Knights Matchup Preview

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T-Mobile Arena will be the site for an intriguing showdown as the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Vegas Golden Knights. The puck drops at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 6, and you will be able to witness this Western Conference matchup live on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain.

Chicago Blackhawks at Vegas Golden Knights Odds

This matchup’s moneyline and Over/Under odds have not been posted by bookmakers yet.

The Golden Knights are 15-14 straight up (SU) and have not been kind to moneyline bettors (to the tune of -3.3 units) thus far. That winning percentage, ranked second in the Pacific Division so far in the early season, is a big slide from what the team recorded during the 2017-18 season (51-31). Through 29 regular season contests, 16 of the team’s games have gone under the total, while 13 have gone over and none have pushed. The team’s 8-4 SU at home this year.

Vegas has converted on 19.4 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.9 percent of all penalties.

Vegas, as a collective unit, has been called for penalties just 3.4 times per game overall this season, and 4.4 per game over its last five at home. The team’s had to kill penalties for 12.6 minutes per contest over its last five home games.

With a .912 save percentage and 24.4 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (15-10-1) has been the best goalkeeper for the Golden Knights this year. If they decide to rest him, however, head coach Gerard Gallant might go with the winless Malcolm Subban (0-5-5 record, .859 save percentage, 4.02 goals against average).

The Knights will continue to look for offensive production from Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson. Marchessault (21 points) is up to 10 goals and 11 assists and has recorded multiple points five times this year. Karlsson has nine goals and 12 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 15 contests.

On the other hand, Chicago is 9-20 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 14 of its outings have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under the total and just two have pushed. Chicago’s 4-12 SU as the visiting team this season.

Chicago has converted on just 12.0 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 32nd in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 29th overall and it’s successfully killed off 73.5 percent of all opponent power plays.

Chicago’s players have been called for penalties only 3.4 times per game in total this season, and 4.4 per game over their past five games. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays a whopping 16.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Corey Crawford (28.3 saves per game) has been the primary choice in the net for Chicago. Crawford owns a 5-13-1 record, while registering a .903 save percentage and 3.16 goals against average this year.

Patrick Kane (13 goals, 18 assists) will pace the attack for the visiting Blackhawks.

Chicago Blackhawks at Vegas Golden Knights Betting Picks

NHL Pick: SU Winner \u2013 Golden Knights, O/U \u2013 Over

Betting Notes

  • For both of these clubs, the over has hit in four of their last five matchups.
  • The Blackhawks are 2-8 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 6-15 in games where they’re in the box for fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
  • Vegas skaters have created 15.6 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 10.9 takeaways per game (ranked 2nd overall).
  • Chicago has allowed 3.7 goals per game overall this season, but has allowed 5.2 goals per match up over its last five games (0-5 SU over that span).
  • Chicago skaters have created 7.0 takeaways per game over its last five road games, right in line with its season average of 7.1 takeaways per game (ranked 18th).