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It seems whoever can jump out to that early lead generally takes the win in this series. However, we’re now at the point where the Canucks won’t be getting any second chances. It’s win or go home for Vancouver and we’re not feeling overly confident in the Canucks.
The Canucks have a very bright future, but the big playoff successes won’t start in 2020. Vegas wins and advances with a 4-3 overtime scoreboard.
Vegas Golden Knights to win at -235
|Canucks vs Golden Knights Game Information
|Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights
|Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
|Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 9:45 pm EST
|How to watch
|NBC Sports, Sportsnet
Outside of a superb game two performance from Vancouver and a few bright moments they’ve had a very rough go in this series. They haven’t been able to hold leads for long periods of time and they haven’t been able to find an answer for most of the Vegas lineup.
If it’s not Alex Pacioretty it’s Alex Tuch. If it’s not Shea Theodore it’s Nate Schmidt. If it’s not Robin Lehner it’s Marc-Andre Fleury. Vegas just seems to have an answer for any situation pretty much anywhere in their lineup.
Vancouver’s top six need to be on their game to try and bounce one past either Robin Lehner or Marc-Andre Fleury in game five early. We believe it’ll be Lehner getting the nod but Fleury did look fantastic for the majority of game four. If the Canucks can capitalize early they can play with confidence for the rest of the night. As we saw in game two if that happens anything is possible.
However, for Vancouver to establish and sustain an early lead they’re going to need to be excellent on the back end at moving that puck forward. Outside of Quinn Hughes this team has a rough time finding a transition game. Hughes can move the puck up with speed and truly quarterback a play.
Thankfully for Vancouver Tyler Myers returned back to the lineup last game because he has the ability like Hughes to be a playmaker as well. If they can keep the rubber moving the other way the Canucks can try to build off that momentum.
Don’t play like stars just be the stars you are. Vegas doesn’t need to get sucked into Vancouver’s game. They don’t need to worry about the Canucks speed and skill if they just stick to their guns. Sure the Canucks pose a threat but this Golden Knights roster is just too good at the end of the day.
The talent is too widespread within the Vegas ranks and they just need to put that on full display. Keep pucks moving side to side and continue to try and catch the Canucks defense napping. This has been their bread and butter since game one and we don’t expect that to change any time soon.
The Vegas counter-attack is among the best in the game. Regardless of who Vegas has between the pipes, you can generally expect at least a first save. Once that happens the transition is on and as we saw on Sunday night the Canucks are vulnerable to quick passing. If Vegas can move the rubber quick and get off some quick snipes this one’s in the bag.
Ryan has worked as a sports writer for the past decade and sports journalism for almost 15 years. He has worked in television, radio, print, digital, and podcasting since 2006. He is also the former co-host of the NFL Weekly Pick 'Em and Best Bets Podcast along with the Prop Drop on WSN.com.More info on Ryan Sullivan
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