Vancouver Canucks v Vegas Golden Knights: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Wednesday October 24th, 10:00 pm Pacific Time
The Vancouver Canucks take on the Vegas Golden Knights in one of the most difficult buildings to play in last season – T-Mobile Arena.
There were only two teams in the entire NHL who won more games at home than the Vegas Golden Knights last season. An impressive 29 wins in their own building helped Vegas finish the campaign with the fifth most points in the NHL and was a big reason they managed to reach the Stanley Cup final.
After losing their first game of the season at the T-Mobile Arena, they went on a brutal five game road trip where they only managed to come away with one win. They will be in the midst of a five game home stretch when the Canucks come to town and will be hoping to use it as an opportunity to get their season back on track. They started it off with a big 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
ver has proven they are more than capable of playing on the road though, with impressive victories away to Tampa Bay, Florida, and Pittsburgh. Anders Nilsson came into the campaign as the backup goalie to Jacob Markstrom but is quickly making a case to be the permanent starter, as he was in between the pipes for all three of the aforementioned wins and allowed a total of just five goals.
It wasn’t just Nilsson though. It really looks like the Canucks defence could be better than most had anticipated. They limited both the Panthers and Penguins to less than 30 shots and will not be intimidated by Vegas’ offensive firepower, despite the Golden Knights putting up at least four goals in all four games they played against the Canucks last season.
Vegas Golden Knights win
Given their record at home last season, you’d have to be insane to bet against this team at the T-Mobile Arena. They proved how good they could be on home ice against the Sabres and expect much of the same when the Canucks come to town.
Under 6 goals
Both Fleury and Nilsson are likely to get the start in net for this one and as a result it could be a rather intense low-scoring affair.
Head to Head
The Golden Knights won all four contests against the Canucks last season, including both games at home.
With his victory against the Buffalo Sabres, Marc-Andre Fleury earned the 407th win of his career – enough to tie Glenn Hall for the 10th most in NHL history.
Brock Boeser’s game-winner against the Pittsburgh Penguins, was the first overtime goal of his career.
Alex Tuch of the Golden Knights is coming off an impressive rookie campaign, where he put up 15 goals and 22 assists in 78 games last season.