Canucks vs. Golden Knights Game 7 Prediction, Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Sep 04, 2020

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Can Thatcher Demko do it again for the Canucks in tonight's Game 7? Vancouver is set as a big underdog against Vegas in a 9 p.m. ET puck drop.

Vancouver
36-27-3-3
AT
September 04, 2020, 9:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Vegas
39-24-6-2
Puckline +1.5 -136
Moneyline +154
Over / Under o +6

67%

Betting Action

33%

Puckline -1.5 +114
Moneyline -185
Over / Under u +6

67%

Betting Action

33%

The law of averages suggests that the Vegas Golden Knights should have success in the long term if they continue to see a huge shots advantage against Vancouver. But you can throw the long term out the window as the teams square off Friday night in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series. The Golden Knights dropped their second straight elimination game Thursday, and have been outscored 6-1 the past two games despite enjoying a 91-40 edge in shots.

Canucks vs. Golden Knights NHL Playoff Odds

No surprise here, with the Golden Knights installed as massive favourites in their third and final crack at advancing to the Western Conference finals. But unlike the previous two games, when Vegas saw a slight edge among Sports Interaction participants, the crowd is now squarely in favour of the Canucks at +183 (68 percent). The Canucks are also a decent -134 option on the puckline at +1.5, while the Golden Knights are +111 on the -1.5 puckline.

The total for the seventh and deciding game is installed at 6, with the Under at -120 and the Over at +100. That disparity isn’t surprising when you consider that 82 percent of Sports Interaction respondents are on the U6, and we might even see this number move down to 5.5 if the one-sided action continues. The teams have finished with fewer than six total goals four times in the series so far, including three of the previous four games.

Vancouver Canucks

While the Canucks would rather not have to rely so heavily on Thatcher Demko, the unlikely hero is the only reason they’ve made it to a Game 7. Pressed into service with the injury to starter Jacob Markstrom, Demko has been simply spectacular in relief, stopping 90 of 91 shots – including 48 in a convincing 4-0 Vancouver victory that forced a Game 7. Demko has stopped 95 of 96 shots vs. the Golden Knights in three appearances in the Edmonton bubble.

Vegas Golden Knights

What else can the Golden Knights possibly do? They’re averaging 39.5 shots per game in the series, yet find themselves one defeat away from going from Stanley Cup betting favourites to playoff spectators. One suggestion: find the net more often. Vegas had 21 missed shots in that Game 6 defeat, a statistic that frustrated head coach Peter DeBoer after the game. The Canucks added another 21 blocked shots in the win.

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