Two teams on winning streaks, the Vancouver Canucks and the expansion franchise Vegas Golden Knights clash at Rogers Arena in a divisional showdown. Sportsnet Pacific will air the matchup, which gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 3.
Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks Odds
Vegas is 50-29 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 17.2 units this season. Through 79 regular season outings, 39 of its games have gone over the total, while 38 have gone under and just two have pushed. This 2017-18 Golden Knights team is 21-17 SU on the road.
Vegas has converted on 22.1 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s good enough for ninth-best in the league. Its penalty kill is ranked sixth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.4 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Knights have been sent to the penalty box just 3.2 times per game overall this season, 2.8 per game over its past five matchups total, and 3.6 per game over its last five games as the visiting team. The team has had to kill penalties just 6.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 28.1 saves per game with a .931 save percentage, Marc-Andre Fleury (29-16-4) has been the primary option in goal for Vegas this season. If it decides to rest him, however, head coach Gerard Gallant may turn to Malcolm Subban (14-5-2), who has a .915 save percentage and 2.54 goals against average this year.
William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Golden Knights. Karlsson has 75 points on 42 goals and 33 assists, and has recorded two or more points 17 times. Marchessault has 27 goals and 48 assists to his credit, and has logged at least one point in 46 games.
Vancouver is 30-49 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.8 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 79 regular season matches, 43 of its games have gone over the total, while 36 have gone under and none have pushed. This season, the team’s 15-24 SU as the home team.
The Canucks have converted on just 21.4 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 22nd overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.7 percent of all penalties.
Canucks skaters have been penalized 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five at home. The team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 5.2 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Jacob Markstrom (26.6 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for the Canucks. Markstrom has 22 wins, 36 losses, and seven overtime losses to his credit and has maintained a .913 save percentage and 2.68 goals against average this year.
The home team offense will be led by Brock Boeser (29 goals, 26 assists).
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Vancouver Canucks Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Under
- Vancouver is 0-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Vegas is 3-3 in shootouts.
- The under has hit in four of Vancouver’s last five games.
- Vancouver has averaged 2.6 goals per game overall this year, but has upped it to 3.8 per contest over its four-game win streak.
- Eight of Vancouver’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 3-5 overall in those games.