Upcoming Free Picks

Chicago vs. Vegas Prediction,
Preview,
and Odds - 12-6-2018

This is a past game! View all upcoming NHL games instead!

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#19 Chicago
Blackhawks 6
#20 Vegas
Golden Knights -265

Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 10:05pm

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

Game Stats

Chicago Blackhawks

9 - 20

33-49
ATS
37-41
O/U
2
PPG
3
OPPG

Vegas Golden Knights

15 - 14

64-38
ATS
50-48
O/U
3
PPG
2
OPPG

Betting Trends

All NHL

No betting trends available for this game. Click here to see all available for NHL.

The Chicago Blackhawks will be playing the second game of a back-to-back situation when they visit the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday night. Chicago had lost four in a row–all in regulation–heading into Wednesday’s date with Anaheim. The Golden Knights are 6-1 in their last seven contests following Tuesday’s defeat of Washington.

Another losing streak

The Blackhawks fired head coach Joel Quenneville on Nov. 6 in the midst of an eight-game losing streak and they have continued to struggle under interim Jeremy Colliton. Chicago has dropped four in a row to fall to 3-8-2 under Colliton and has lost 15 of 18 (3-12-3) since a 6-2-2 start to the season. The Blackhawks’ 3-2 home loss to Calgary this past Sunday was their fourth in a row in regulation but they at least showed some signs of improvement. It marked the first time in seven games that they allowed fewer than four goals (they had surrendered a ridiculous total of 19 in their three previous setbacks).

“We’re seeing improvement in parts of our game at times and then it just seems like we make other mistakes and all the good things that we’re doing are never good enough,” captain Jonathan Toews commented. “It’s frustrating when you don’t get the results.”

Forward Chris Kunitz has been scratched six times in the last eight outings and can probably expect to sit some more in the near future after incurring a game misconduct for elbowing against the Flames. That led to his team giving up two of Calgary’s three goals on the night.

Good as gold

Vegas saw its season-high five-game winning streak snapped when it fell 2-1 at Edmonton last Saturday. Center William Karlsson scored once against the Oilers to extend his goal-scoring streak to four games. Forward Reilly Smith (team-leading 13 assists) fueled Vegas’ recent run of good fortune by recording 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in his previous seven games before being held off the scoresheet by Edmonton.

“You’re going to run into a little bit of a hot goalie and it seemed like pucks were just hitting [Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen],” the 27-year-old Smith told reporters. “But I think, overall, we played a good game and if we keep that momentum and that pace into the next one, it will give us a good outcome.”

That is exactly what happened against defending Stanley Cup champion Washington on Tuesday. In a rematch of the cup finals, Vegas prevailed over the Capitals 5-3 to get back on the winning track.

Center Cody Eakin, who had been tied with Jonathan Marchessault and Max Pacioretty for the team lead in goals, took the lead with his 11th of the season. Defenseman Nate Schmidt lit the lamp twice and also had an assist.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Chicago is 7-19 in its last 26 playing on no days of rest and 0-4 in the last four meetings between the two teams. The Golden Knights are 12-5 in their last 17 against opponents with winning percentages under .400. There is no reason to expect anything other than complete domination by the home team on Thursday.

Prediction: Vegas Golden Knights

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Chicago center Dylan Strome has two goals in four games with Chicago since being acquired from Arizona, where he lit the lamp three times in 20 contests. Vegas forward Alex Tuch has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last six games. Tuch and company can anticipate pouring in plenty of goals and assists against an opponent that has been giving ’em up left and right of late. The over is 4-1-2 in the Blackhawks’ last seven overall, 25-10-3 in their last 38 on the road, and 3-1-1 in their last five against winning opponents. It is also 4-1 in the Golden Knights’ last five overall. Additionally, the over is 4-0 in the last four meetings between the two teams. Look for this one to go over the total.

Prediction: Over

Ricky Dimon

A 2006 graduate of Davidson College, Ricky is a freelance sports writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has previously worked with various websites in the sports handicapping industry and is generally a fan of going with the hot hand while in most cases showing a willingness to take favorites and give the points. Beyond the four major sports, Ricky is an avid tennis fan—and writer—and covers the ATP Tour on a daily basis.

Login

Forgot Password?
Forgot your password? Enter your email and we'll send you a reset token:

Return to login
Enter the token from your email and a new password. Don't forget to check your spam folder if you didn't get the email.

Upcoming Free Picks

Friday, Feb 15
NCAAB
#863 Troy 161
#864 Georgia Southern -10
9:00pm
View Pick
#865 Northern Kentucky 141.5
#866 Wright State -1.5
9:00pm
View Pick
NHL
#75 Edmonton 6
#76 Carolina -180
7:35pm
View Pick
#77 New Jersey 6
#78 Minnesota -265
8:35pm
View Pick
#79 Boston -200
#80 Anaheim 5.5
10:05pm
View Pick
Saturday, Feb 16
NCAAB
#601 Oklahoma
#602 TCU
12:00pm
View Pick
#613 Southern Illinois
#614 Indiana State
12:00pm
View Pick
#617 Auburn
#618 Vanderbilt
12:00pm
View Pick
#603 Maryland
#604 Michigan
12:00pm
View Pick
#609 Clemson
#610 Louisville
12:00pm
View Pick
#607 George Washington
#608 Duquesne
12:00pm
View Pick
#605 North Carolina
#606 Wake Forest
12:00pm
View Pick
#641 Fordham
#642 Rhode Island
2:00pm
View Pick
#645 Miami - OH
#646 Western Michigan
2:00pm
View Pick
#649 Rice
#650 FAU
2:00pm
View Pick
#651 Florida
#652 Alabama
2:00pm
View Pick
#647 Middle Tennessee State
#648 Marshall
2:00pm
View Pick
#655 UAB
#656 Western Kentucky
3:00pm
View Pick
#659 Valaparaiso
#660 Drake
3:00pm
View Pick
#663 Missouri
#664 Ole Miss
3:30pm
View Pick
#673 Penn State
#674 Purdue
4:00pm
View Pick
#679 West Virginia
#680 Kansas
4:00pm
View Pick
#677 BYU
#678 Loyola Marymount
4:00pm
View Pick
#675 Texas State
#676 Arkansas - Little Rock
4:00pm
View Pick
#671 Utah State
#672 Air Force
4:00pm
View Pick
#669 VCU
#670 Dayton
4:00pm
View Pick
#667 Iowa State
#668 Kansas State
4:00pm
View Pick
#665 Northeastern
#666 Charleston
4:00pm
View Pick
#611 NC State
#612 Duke
6:00pm
View Pick
#695 Memphis
#696 UCF
6:00pm
View Pick
#697 Temple
#698 USF
6:00pm
View Pick
#699 Illinois - Chicago
#700 Youngstown State
6:00pm
View Pick
#723 Oakland University
#724 Wisconsin-Milwaukee
7:00pm
View Pick
#721 Boise State
#722 San Diego State
7:00pm
View Pick
#719 Fresno State
#720 New Mexico
7:00pm
View Pick
#717 IUPUI
#718 Cleveland State
7:00pm
View Pick
#707 William & Mary
#708 Elon
7:00pm
View Pick
#705 Hofstra
#706 UNCW
7:00pm
View Pick
#727 Washington
#728 Washington State
8:00pm
View Pick
#729 USC
#730 California
8:00pm
View Pick
#731 Tennessee
#732 Kentucky
8:00pm
View Pick
#733 Bradley
#734 Illinois State
8:00pm
View Pick
#735 DePaul
#736 Butler
8:00pm
View Pick
#737 Delaware
#738 James Madison
8:00pm
View Pick
#751 UCLA
#752 Stanford
10:00pm
View Pick
#759 Nevada
#760 Wyoming
10:00pm
View Pick
NHL
#13 Montreal 6
#14 Tampa Bay -210
7:05pm
View Pick
#17 Columbus -120
#18 Chicago 6.5
8:35pm
View Pick