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Wow, was that a lopsided first game. The Canucks lost 5-0 to Vegas in game one and were embarrassed in many more ways than just how the final scoreboard read. Nonetheless, we believe we’ll see a different Vancouver squad in this one. Vegas wins a much closer affair 4-3. While the Golden Knights still take the win at least the Canucks will help the board hit the Over.
Vegas Golden Knights to win at -215
The Canucks are now 2-9 through their last 11 straight up against Vegas. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights are now 10-1 straight up through their last 11 overall.
|Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights Game Information|
|What||Vancouver vs Vegas|
|Where||Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB|
|When||August 25, 2020 9:45pm EST|
|How to watch||NBC Sports, Sportsnet|
The Canucks looked like the inferior team in many ways on Sunday night. They were slower, weaker, and ended up looking pretty darn scared in the end as well. Vegas cracked the whip early before breaking out a three-goal the second period and adding another for good measure in the third.
For Vancouver to get back into this series they’re going to need to delete this game from their memory. They’re going to need to get amnesia quickly because a 5-0 scoreboard could rattle even the best of teams right down to their core. Speaking of which, the Canucks core looked awful. Let’s touch on that in the next paragraph.
While goaltender Jacob Markstrom did post his worst effort of the postseason, the Canucks core of Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat, Quinn Hughes and JT Miller looked downright brutal. For this team to claw their way back into relevance they’re going to need to find some production in a hurry from their big names.
These five guys had a grand total of three shots between them with Hughes, Pettersson, and Boeser not even registering one. Were the opportunities not there? Definitely. They didn’t create enough space and a lot of that had to do with the suffocating Vegas defense. Clearly they took notes from watching some Canucks-Blues game tape because they were ready on all fronts.
If the Canucks can find a way to throw some more rubber at the net they’ll be far better off. Some garbage goals are certainly what this team will need to find in game two for an ego boost. To add to that, just leave Ryan Reaves alone. The guy flexed his muscle and showed he’s not to be messed with. Antoine Roussel then got a ten minute misconduct for trying. Lesson learned.
While we can all agree the Canucks looked terrible in game one, we can also all agree that they won’t come out that flat in game two. They can’t come out that flat. If they do this could be a very quick Golden Knights sweep.
For Vegas to continue their winning ways, they’re going to need to keep their speed turned up to 11. Alex Tuch blew past three Canucks to put the team up 4-0 in the second. He then almost notched his second of the game with a similar effort in the third and it didn’t end there for the Knights. The tic-tac-toe passing was also another speed element to behold.
The quickness and accuracy of Jordan Marchessault and Mark Stone’s passing were surreal. There were numerous beneficiaries, but the puck movement from these two was simply superb in game one. If Vegas can keep the wheels churning and puck-moving, they stand a very good chance of heading to round three in a hurry.
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