Chicago Blackhawks Travel to Las Vegas to Face the Golden Knights
The Chicago Blackhawks will travel to the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday afternoon to take on the Vegas Golden Knights in a Western Conference matchup. This will be the second of three games against these teams in the regular season. The Blackhawks were able to pick up a 2-1 road victory back on January 8th.
Chicago is currently seventh in the Central Division (22-32-9, 53 points) this season, while Vegas is fourth in the Pacific Division (34-27-4, 72 points) this season and clinging on to the final Wild Card spot.
Let’s look a bit deeper into both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vegas Golden Knights to determine where we should be betting here.
Game Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Vegas Golden Knights March 26th
The Blackhawks have to improve offensively as they are averaging 2.60 goals on 28.6 shot attempts this season. Right winger Patrick Kane has been playing extremely well this season as he is tied for sixth in the sport in assists and tied for 15th in the league in points as he has recorded 71 points (19 goals, 52 assists).
As a team on the defensive side of things, they have given up 3.44 goals on 32.3 shots. Chicago needs their goalie Kevin Lankinen to improve in this game as he is currently 3-8-4 with a .889 save percentage and 3.51 goals allowed per game.
Vegas needs center Jonathan Marchessault to step up a bit more here as he is tied for 33rd in hockey in goals as he has posted 48 points (25 goals, 23 assists) but has added just a single point in his previous four games.
They have been doing decently well on the offensive side of things as they are scoring 3.09 goals on 33.8 shots. With Robin Lehner on Injured Reserve, goaltender Laurent Brossoit needs to step up as he has a 10-9-3 record with a .895 save percentage and 2.90 goals allowed per game. The Golden Knights need to step up defensively as they are allowing 3.02 goals on 33.8 shot attempts this season.
Chicago Blackhawks at Vegas Golden Knights Betting Prediction
With the injury to Robin Lehner and him being on Injured Reserve, it could be a tough time for the Golden Knights, despite being the better team.
On the defensive side of the ice as of late, these teams are closer than you would expect as Chicago is allowing 3.5 goals in their last four games while Vegas is giving up four goals in their previous five games.
Neither team is great at penalty kills this season, and Chicago has the advantage with a 20.3 power play percentage compared to Vegas being at 18.5 percent. Everything is pointing towards the Chicago Blackhawks covering the puck line in this game.
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.