2020 NHL Play-Off Predictions: Golden Knights Set to Boost Lead Over Blackhawks Thursday, August 13. Preview, odds and TV info below.
The Vegas Golden Knights look to be in the mood for Stanley Cup contention after beating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in their play-off series opener, but it’s too soon to count any chickens ahead of Game 2.
Two goals and an assist from Reilly Smith saw Vegas build on from their 3-0 run through the round-robin seeding with another promising performance on Tuesday:
The two teams resume their first-ever play-off encounter at Rogers Place on Thursday when Chicago will seek to get their season back on track despite progressing as the lowest-seeded team in the Western Conference.
That separation in seeding shows in the bookmakers’ predictions after BetMGM backed the Golden Knights at -210 (1.48) to win Game 2, where the Blackhawks will be +170 (2.70) underdogs.
Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights Info
Date: Thursday, August 13
Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Canada
TV Info: NBCSN, SN360
Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights Prediction: Golden Knights to win
Vegas went 2-1 against Chicago over the course of the regular season, but the two looks miles apart based on those displays we’ve seen in the Canada bubble since the NHL season got back underway.
One man Chicago will be relying on to steer their post-season efforts back on track is captain Jonathan Toews, who was in electric form during their qualifying series win over the Edmonton Oilers:
The Golden Knights might appeal at +1800 (19.00) with Sugarhouse to repeat their 4-1 result in the second game of the series, or +900 (10.00) to win without conceding a goal.
Alternatively, those backing the Blackhawks to pull off a Game 2 surprise might fancy a punt at +400 (5.00) for Chicago to score first and go on to win.
Prediction: Golden Knights to win
Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights Odds
Chicago Blackhawks: +170
Vegas Golden Knights: -210