Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights Game 1 Prediction, Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Aug 10, 2020

Robin Lehner and Marc-Andre Fleury, Golden Knights, 2020

The Golden Knights used both Robin Lehner – the former Blackhawk – and Marc-Andre Fleury in the exhibition round. It will be interesting to see who starts game one.

Chicago
32-30-4-4
AT
August 11, 2020, 10:30 PM ET
Rogers Place
Vegas
39-24-6-2
Puckline +1.5 -140
Moneyline +183
Over / Under o +6

31%

Betting Action

69%

Puckline -1.5 +120
Moneyline -220
Over / Under u +6

31%

Betting Action

69%

The Chicago Blackhawks were one of the biggest underdogs in the qualifying series, facing the Edmonton Oilers on their home ice, but the Blackhawks offense took over, scoring at least three goals in every contest. Can they duplicate that success against the top teams in the West?

Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights NHL Stanley Cup Odds

The Blackhawks were just 18-25 on the season against teams with a winning record. They were also just 4-10 on Tuesday nights. However, they were 8-3 after playing three road games this season.

The Golden Knights dominate this season as they’ve won eight of the last nine meetings between the teams. They’re also 18-13 after scoring four or more in their previous game.

Consider betting the over in Game 1. Seven of the last nine meetings have gone over the number.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks offense is on fire. They scored a whopping 16 goals in four games in the opening round, getting balanced production from the roster. Six different players notched at least four points while five different players had at least two goals. If guys like Jonathan Toews, Dominik Kubalik and Patrick Kane are going to beast like this, they’re going to have a shot to pull an upset here too. The main difference in this round is whether the Golden Knights have the goaltending or not. The Oilers trotted out Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen, who both had save percentages of .889 or worse in the series and that was at home. That’s how bad they were. The Golden Knights used both Robin Lehner – the former Blackhawk – and Marc-Andre Fleury in the exhibition round and both had save percentages of .903 or worse. That’s encouraging for a Blackhawks offense that’s red-hot right now.

Vegas Golden Knights

The Golden Knights are a massive favorite here with good reason: the Blackhawks have the lowest point total of any Western Conference team in the bubble. While they were able to outscore the Oilers – an uneven team with little playoff experience – the Blackhawks will have a tough time stopping the Golden Knights. Vegas was third in the NHL in goals per game (3.47) since the All-Star break and they’ve been on a tear in the bubble. Facing the top teams in the exhibition round, they scored a whopping 15 goals in three contests. Now they get to go after Corey Crawford, who posted a lousy .891 save percentage in the qualifying series. He’s ripe to get roasted.

Vegas was a much better team defensively in the second half of the season. If they keep that up here, this could be a quick series. Both teams have strong offenses but only one has a decent blue line: Las Vegas.

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