Chicago Blackhawks (6.5) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (-195) Preview & Prediction (12/10/2019)

The Chicago Blackhawks will be on the road Tuesday taking the ice against the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Chicago will be looking for their second win in three games following a 3-4 loss at home against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. Las Vegas will be looking to end a two-game skid following a 0-5 loss at home against the New York Rangers their last time on the ice.

The Chicago Blackhawks are now 12-12-6 following a 4-3 shootout loss at home against the Arizona Coyotes. The Blackhawks were outshot 29-47 in the game while winning 28 of 54 faceoffs. Chicago was able to score a goal on one of their two power-play opportunities while defending the net four of the six times they were forced to skate with a man in the box. They had 14 blocked shots and nine takeaways in the game.

The Blackhawks have been good for an average of 2.73 goals per game this season while giving up 2.97 to their opponents. They have been able to fire 31.2 shots per game while allowing 36.1 on the defensive end of the ice. Chicago has scored 14 power-play goals for a 15.7 conversion rate to go with a 79.6 penalty kill percentage.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights are now 15-12-5 following a 0-5 loss at home against the New York Rangers. Las Vegas was able to outshoot New York 38 to 25 in the game while winning 34 of 56 faceoffs. The Golden Knights were unable to score a goal on any of their four power-play opportunities while defending the net three of the five times they were forced to skate shorthanded. They had six blocked shots and 11 takeaways in the game.

Las Vegas has been able to find the back of the net for an average of 2.81 goals per game for the season while giving up 2.91 to their opponents. They have been able to fire an average of 33.6 shots per game while allowing 31.6 on the defensive end of the ice. They have 22 power-play goals this season for a 22.0 conversion rate to go with an 84.0 penalty kill percentage.

The Knights will take the ice as -205 favorites with Chicago skating in as 172 underdogs. The total is sitting at six and a half on the game. I’m liking the total staying under in this one. Neither team is averaging three goals per game and they have both been holding their opponents under an average of three. I see this one staying close and Las Vegas winning at home, but my money’s on the total staying under six and a half.

NHL Stats and Trends:

  • The under is 10-2 in Chicago’s previous 12 games playing on one day of rest.
  • The under is 6-2 in Chicago’s previous eight games as an underdog.
  • The under is 5-1-1 in Chicago’s previous seven games vs. a team with a losing record.
  • The under is 6-0 in Las Vegas’ previous six games as a favorite at home.
  • The under is 4-1 in Las Vegas’ previous five games overall.

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