Golden Knights vs. Canucks Game 7 Betting Preview, Odds, and Picks

Mark Stone of the Vegas Golden Knights
Mark Stone of the Vegas Golden Knights (photo credit: USA TODAY Sports)

The second Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs taking place on Friday, September 4, is between the Vegas Golden Knights and Vancouver Canucks. Also taking place in the Western Conference, the game comes following the Game 7 contest between the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars. There are few things in sports as good as a Game 7 in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, and we’ll be treated to two of them on Friday. In this article, we’ll be previewing Game 7 between the Golden Knights and Canucks and give a Golden Knights vs. Canucks betting pick.

Golden Knights vs. Canucks Odds

Checking out the Golden Knights vs. Canucks odds from DraftKings Sportsbook, Vegas is the big favorite at -230 on the moneyline. If we look at the Golden Knights vs. Canucks puck line, we can find Golden Knights (-1.5) and Canucks (+1.5). The Golden Knights puck line is offering plus money, but not by much. The Golden Knights vs. Canucks over/under is 6 goals at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Despite coming back from being down 3-1 in the series to even things up, the Canucks remain hefty underdogs in Game 7. If you’re just catching up with the series now, you might be inclined to grab the underdog given the price on Vancouver and the fact that they’ve won two games in a row while on the brink of elimination. It might not be that easy, though.

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Golden Knights Still Dominating Despite Losses

After the two team split Game 1 and Game 2, with each team looking pretty good in their wins, Vegas took the next two games to go up 3-1 in the series. It looked like the Golden Knights were going to make fairly quick work of Vancouver, but then the Canucks rode backup goalie Thatcher Demko to wins in Game 5 and Game 6 to force a do-or-die Game 7. Although the series is even, it’s hard to say that the Golden Knights haven’t looked like the better team in the series.

The Golden Knights have been the more aggressive team and the squad putting more shots on net. Demko has been the difference for Vancouver, though, and he’s been superb in net for the Canucks. In Game 5, Vegas looked excellent. Vegas ended up losing the game 2-1, but they put up a whopping 43 shots to Vancouver’s 17.

In Game 6, the scoreboard would lead you to believe the result was a bit more lopsided, as Vancouver won 4-0. Once again, it was Vegas more than doubling Vancouver’s shot total, 48-23 in this one. Robin Lehner played in goal for the Golden Knights and played well despite letting up 3 goals. Two of the three goals came from shots that were about as perfect as could be, with Lehner screened and the puck hitting the post before going in. Vancouver’s first goal came after a bouncing pick behind the goal landed nicely for Jake Virtanen to slam it home.

Demko Is Hot

We’ve seen goalies get hot before, and that’s certainly what’s happening with Demko. He’s facing a ton of shots and a lot of pressure from Vegas but is holding up quite well for Vancouver. Demko could very well be the truth, but he could also be on a hot run and the dam could break soon. We wouldn’t rule out either thing from happening in Game 7.

In the Avalanche vs. Stars series, it appears that Dallas is a little more flustered with Colorado’s goalie Hutchinson and bothered with not being able to beat him despite Hutchinson’s inexperience. Vegas doesn’t appear to be too worried about the wall that Demko has built in net the past two games. The Golden Knights keep coming and coming and there doesn’t appear to be any confidence lost.

Who Plays Goal for Game 7?

In Game 6, it appeared Demko got a little banged up, so that is something we’ll want to monitor heading into Game 7. Remember, Game 7 comes as a back-to-back with Game 6, so there is little time to rest.

Much has been made of Vegas’ two-headed monster in goal, with Robin Lehner as the team’s number one and Marc-Andre Fleury right behind him as the team’s number two. Both goalies are extremely capable of getting the job done, and Fleury has plenty of Stanley Cup Playoff experience. Lehner’s been the go-to guy for head coach Pete DeBoer so far, but he could flip to Fleury for Game 7 given that Lehner played the night before.

As for who we feel should start for each team, we’re confident that it should be Demko if there’s nothing serious regarding an injury from Game 6. For Vegas, it gets a little more tricky. Lehner played the night before and lost, but he didn’t look bad. As we said already, two of the three goals were just incredibly perfect shots that result in saves or hit the post and out had they been an inch or two the other way. The one thing Fleury could bring to the table is more stability with the guys in front of him. The team knows Fleury, they’ve been with him in net since the franchise was born a couple of years ago. In their inaugural season, he brought them to the Stanley Cup Final. Fleury’s laid-back attitude could also help calm any nerves the team may be having if they’re wondering what Lehner will be like in their net in Game 7. Both Lehner and Fleury are fine choices to play in Game 7 and it’s going to be very interesting to see which one DeBoer goes with.

Golden Knights vs. Canucks Moneyline Pick

The price isn’t great by any means, as we have to lay -230 to bet on the Golden Knights, but that’s the side we’re taking here. If you want a better price, you can look to bet the Golden Knights to win in regulation at around -135. While we have to lay money with those bets, Vegas has been the better team throughout this series and in five of the six games so far, and it hasn’t been hard to see it. We expect them to be able to beat Demko a few times in Game 7 and come out with the win.

Golden Knights vs. Canucks Over/Under Pick

For the over/under, we’re eyeing the under, but we’re going to see if we can wait it out and get a better price and maybe even have the line go up to 6.5. Many times, public bettors will weigh in closer to game time and they’ll be more willing to take an over than an under because it’s more fun to root for points to be scored than for them to not be scored. While there have been some team totals that have been high in this series (Vegas scored 5 goals each in Game 1 and Game 4, and Vancouver scored 5 goals in Game 2 and 4 goals in Game 6), the games have come in under 6 goals total four of six times.

Given the two picks we’re making, let’s think about how this one can end. Can this game result in a Vegas win with a score of 4-2, 4-1, 3-2, 3-1, 3-0, or 2-0? Of course, and those feel like outcomes that will happen a lot, so we like pairing the under 6 goals with Vegas winning. But as we said, we’re going to see if we can wait closer to game time to grab a better number or price.

Golden Knights vs. Canucks Player Props

Two players we’re looking at for Golden Knights vs. Canucks player props are Reilly Smith and Shea Theodore. Both have been held scoreless in five of six games this series, but we like what we see from both, especially Theodore. You can bet these players to score at DraftKings Sportsbook, with Smith’s odds to score a goal at +190 and Theodore’s at +265. You could also take them to get 1+ points, with Smith at -155 there and Theodore at -162.

A third payer to look at for a Golden Knights vs. Canucks player prop is Alex Tuch, who has been performing well this postseason despite being held without any points in the past two games. Tuch is still flying around on the ice and getting shots off. He looks good when he’s on the ice against Vancouver and could certainly find himself back on the scoreboard with a goal or an assist in Game 7. If you wanted to bet Tuch to get 1+ points, it’s +105 at DraftKings Sportsbook at time of writing. If you wanted to bet him to score a goal, that’s a fair wager to take as well and you can get around +180.

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