The Vancouver Canucks will be on the road Sunday taking the ice against the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Vancouver will be looking for their second win in three games following a 2-4 loss against the Sharks in San Jose on Saturday. The Golden Knights will be looking for back-to-back wins after beating the Stars 2-3 in Dallas their last time on the ice.
The Vancouver Canucks will skate into this one at 16-13-4 following a 2-4 loss against the Sharks in San Jose. The Canucks were able to outshoot the Sharks 35-27 in the game while winning 35 of 56 faceoffs. Vancouver was unable to score a goal on any of their three power-play opportunities while defending the net both of the times they were forced to skate with a man in the box. They had 11 blocked shots and eight takeaways in the game.
The Canucks have been good for an average of 3.19 goals per game this season while giving up 2.94 to their opponents. They have been able to fire 32.1 shots per game while allowing 31.9 on the defensive end of the ice. Vancouver has scored 31 power-play goals for a 25.6 conversion rate to go with an 82.4 penalty kill percentage.
Las Vegas Golden Knights
The Golden Knights will take the ice at 17-13-5 following a 3-2 overtime win against the Stars in Dallas. Las Vegas was able to outshoot the Stars 32-30 in the game while winning just 30 of 62 faceoffs. The Knights were unable to score a goal on either of their two power-play opportunities while defending the net both of the times they were forced to skate shorthanded. They had 22 blocked shots and seven takeaways in the game.
Las Vegas has been able to find the back of the net for an average of 2.86 goals per game for the season while giving up the same number to their opponents. They have been able to fire an average of 33.5 shots per game while allowing 31.4 on the defensive end of the ice. They have 23 power-play goals this season for a 21.5 conversion rate to go with an 83.9 penalty kill percentage.
As of late Saturday night, both the lines and the total were off for this game. Both of these teams have similar numbers on both ends of the ice. The most significant difference to me is Las Vegas spending an average of 38 minutes longer in the penalty box per game. Converting the power-play is one thing Vancouver is doing very well at this season and I think it’s the difference in this game. Yes, it will be the second game in as many nights for the Canucks but I think they win a close one, maybe even overtime close, on the road.
The trends don’t support this pick.