SPORTS CHAT PLACE
The Chicago Blackhawks and Vegas Golden Knights meet Saturday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Vegas Golden Knights look for a win after splitting their last six games.
The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex DeBrincat leads Chicago with 36 goals, Patrick Kane has 55 assists and Seth Jones has 151 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 76.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 129 goals on 1,398 shots faced, and Kevin Lankinen has allowed 59 goals on 541 shots.
The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 18.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with 25 goals, Chandler Stephenson has 33 assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 187 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 78.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 103 goals on 1,131 shots faced, and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 62 goals on 588 shots.
The Blackhawks are 19-41 in their last 60 games as an underdog and 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Pacific. The Golden Knights are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. The over is 8-2-1 in Blackhawks last 11 overall. The over is 6-2 in Golden Knights last 8 overall. The Blackhawks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Vegas and 3-12 in the last 15 meetings.
The Chicago Blackhawks don’t win in the underdog role and don’t string wins together, so backing them here is a tough spot. The Vegas Golden Knights have been shaky at best as of late, but they’re still a quality team at home, and they’ve owned the Blackhawks in past meetings. Vegas should use this as a chance to get its act together. I’ll take the Golden Knights and the PL for max betting value.