Vancouver Canucks (16-13-4) @ Vegas Golden Knights (17-13-5)
NHL: Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST (T-Mobile Arena)
Lines & Odds: Vancouver Canucks +185/Vegas Golden Knights -225
The Vegas Golden Knights look to continue their good run of form as they host the Vancouver Canucks at T-Mobile Arena for the start of their quick two game home stand.
The Vegas Golden Knights started off their year pretty well, but they hit a rough patch in the month of November where they lost eight of ten games. Now, it looks like they are back on track as they are currently holding the last Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. Vegas has luckily been able to avoid any serious injuries as seven of their top eight points leaders have yet to miss a game. However, they haven’t been able to put all together offensively as they score only 2.86 goals per game (20th in NHL) on 8.5% shooting (24th in NHL). One thing they do well is put pressure on the opposing defenses as they get 33.5 shots on goal (8th in NHL) while also converting on 21.5% of their power plays (9th in NHL). Defensively, they’ve been slightly above average allowing 2.86 goals (12th in NHL) on 31.4 shots on goal (15th in NHL). They also have a top ten defense against penalties, killing 83.9% of them. Max Pacioretty has been the biggest surprise for this Golden Knights team as he leads the them in points with 30.
The Vancouver Canucks were one of the hottest teams after the first month of the regular season as they had an 8-3-1 record. Unfortunately, November came around and it was not the same kind of success as they would go 5-7-3. They still haven’t been able to find a rhythm since that early season success and it has everything to do with their lackluster defense. In the month of October the Canucks were allowing just 2.5 goals per game, which was one of the best marks in the league. Since then they’ve allowed 3.3 goals per game, which is not going to get it down on a nightly basis. Offensively, this team is strong as they score 3.15 goals per game (11th in NHL) on 32.2 shots on goal (11th in NHL) and 9.8% shooting (11th in NHL). They also score on 24.8% of their power plays (4th in NHL) and win 52.1% of their faceoffs (T5th in NHL). A big reason for their success on that end is because of their young star Elias Pettersson, who exploded onto the scene last year, winning the Calder Memorial Trophy and has shown it was no fluke.
Vegas Golden Knights vs Vancouver Canucks Free NHL Prediction
Both these teams are trying to turn the script after performing terribly in the month of November. It seems as though the Golden Knights have woken up, while the Canucks are still trying to figure themselves out. I believe this game will go to the team with the more experienced and consistent goalie, which is Marc-Andre Fleury of the Golden Knights.