Blackhawks vs. Knights Game 5 Prediction, Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Aug 17, 2020

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The Chicago Blackhawks finally broke through on Sunday, beating the Vegas Golden Knights for the first time in their best-of-seven series to get on the board.

Chicago
32-30-4-4
AT
August 18, 2020, 10:30 PM ET
Rogers Place
Vegas
39-24-6-2
Puckline +1.5 -125
Moneyline +191
Over / Under o +5.5

18%

Betting Action

82%

Puckline -1.5 +105
Moneyline -216
Over / Under u +5.5

18%

Betting Action

82%

The Golden Knights still lead the series 3-1 and are a sizable favorite to close things out on Tuesday. Will they be able to wrap things up or will the Blackhawks get their second straight win to make this interesting?

Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights NHL Playoff Odds

The Blackhawks picked up the win on Sunday and are 6-2 in their last eight after allowing two goals or less in their previous game. However, they are just 1-4 in their last five third game in fourth night situations as they are on Tuesday.

Vegas is 10-1 in their last 11 games on one-days’ rest and are 8-1 in their last nine against Western Conference opponents. They are also 6-1 in their last seven after being held to two goals or less in their previous game.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks finally beat the Golden Knights on Sunday, something they haven’t done much of lately. Vegas has  completely dominated this series, so a Blackhawks win is notable but a deeper dive into the stats suggest that Chicago has a long way to go.

The Blackhawks got their second strong effort in a row from Corey Crawford as he made 48 saves in the win and while he’s been pretty bad in the bubble, he’ll have to play like this for the team to win three more in a row. Chicago did nothing on their power plays (0-for-3) and lost the battle in hits and faceoffs, and was outshot 49-25. They allowed 49 shots to get through on Crawford but also blocked a whopping 32. That shows just how dominant Vegas was, as they theoretically could have had 81 shots on net in a 60-minute contest.

Chicago got the all-important first goal, then scored a fluky second goal just by throwing it at the net. That put them in the driver’s seat. Getting the first goal will be crucial again in Game 5.

Vegas Golden Knights

The Golden Knights did lose on Sunday but they probably aren’t too worried. Crawford stole Game 4 for the Blackhawks, playing about as well as we’ve ever seen him play (setting a playoff career-high in saves), but we know that he’s not likely to keep that up. He was playing at a backup-caliber level before Game 3, so it’s unlikely he keeps this up.

The reality is that Vegas had not trailed in this entire series until Chicago went up 1-0. The Golden Knights hadn’t lost in the bubble before Game 4. Look for things to go back to normal in Game 5. Game 4 was just a tight back-to-back situation as the two teams played on Saturday and if things go back to normal on Tuesday, Vegas should close this out.

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