Las Vegas hosts Chicago on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena. It hasn’t been as easy for the Golden Knights lately as it’s been for most of the season as they’ve now lost three of their last five games. That being said, it’s better than the Blackhawks recent stretch of losing five straight. Vegas has beaten Chicago both times in their meetings this season.
Blackhawks had 44 shots on goal against Wild, didn’t make any of them
Chicago’s ran into a bit of a buzzsaw lately with five straight losses, and the most recent was a loss at Minnesota, a 3-0 shutout. The Wild scored two goals inside of the first seven minutes of a game, added another goal in the second 20 minutes, and that was enough to get an easy victory over the struggling Blackhawks. Chicago had 44 shots on goal that were mostly evenly distributed over the contest, but none of them hit the back of the net.
On the flipside, Minnesota took just 19 shots on goal in the game — that’s only two more than the 17 shots on goal Chicago had in the first period alone. Goaltender Jeff Glass took the loss, but he should make the start at Arizona on Monday night. That means Anton Forsberg (5-9-3) is slated to make the difficult start against Vegas. He last appeared against Dallas on February 8th and picked up his second consecutive defeat.
Subban remains out indefinitely with upper body issue
Las Vegas’ dream season has taken a slight hit, but they still have a comfortable lead atop the Pacific division. They’ve lost three of their last five games and the defense has allowed quite a bit of goals — 20 of them in that stretch. Some of that is understandable — they just finished a six-game road trip — but the latest was a 4-1 loss against Philadelphia at home. Vegas opened up scoring with a goal at the 11:22 mark, but that was it as the Flyers dominated the rest of it.
Brayden McNabb (12 pts) scored the team’s lone goal, and he’s now registered a goal in back-to-back games. Philadelphia had just 18 shots on goal, but converted four of those attempts in goals. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (16-6-2) is confirmed to make the start. He suffered the defeat against Philadelphia and gave up three of those goals. Malcolm Subban remains out indefinitely with an upper body injury (hasn’t played since February 2nd).
- 8-2 on the Over in their last 10 road games
- 6-2 on the Over in their last 8 against Pacific teams
Golden Knights are:
- 4-1 on the Over in their last 5 overall
- 5-2 on the Over in their last 7 games playing on 1 day of rest
Both teams are dealing with significant goaltender issues, and that’s led to an expected increase in goals allowed. Since Vegas are massive favorites against a struggling Chicago team, the better option is to pick the over.