NHL Playoffs 2020: Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks odds, picks, Game 4 predictions from proven model

The Chicago Blackhawks find themselves in the same position they were the last time they qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs but are hoping for better results. Chicago is in the postseason for the first time since 2017, when it was swept by Nashville in their opening-round series. The Blackhawks hope to avoid a similar fate when they meet the top-seeded Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 of their 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series on Sunday. The opening face-off at Rogers Place in Edmonton is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.

Only four of 194 teams have rallied from an 0-3 deficit to win an NHL playoff series, and Chicago has failed to accomplish the feat in 17 attempts. Vegas is a -200 favorite on the money line and Chicago is a +175 underdog in the latest Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks odds by William Hill, while the over-under for total goals scored is six. Before making any Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights picks, check out the NHL predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

This model simulates every NHL game 10,000 times, taking into account factors like current form, individual matchups, injuries and short- and long-term trends when making NHL picks. The model seeks the best values on the money line, puck line and total.

Now, the model has set its sights on Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the NHL odds and trends for Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks: 

  • Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks money line: Vegas -200, Chicago +175
  • Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks puck line: Vegas -1.5
  • Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks over-under: 6 goals
  • VGK: The Golden Knights are 7-0 SU in their last seven games after scoring fewer than three goals in their previous contest
  • CHI: The Blackhawks have lost 11 of the 12 all-time meetings

Why you should back the Golden Knights

Vegas is one of the deepest teams in the league and has yet to lose since the NHL returned to action, going 6-0 in the bubble. The Golden Knights have had 19 players land on the scoresheet, with 14 scoring a goal. Four of them have tallied three goals and three others have scored twice – including William Carrier, whose goals have been game-winners. 

The Golden Knights also are strong in net, as both Robin Lehner and Marc-Andre Fleury are more than capable of winning games on their own. Lehner, who was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy while with the New York Islanders last season, has gone 7-0-0 since being acquired from Chicago in late February. The 35-year-old Fleury was a three-time Stanley Cup champion with Pittsburgh and guided Vegas to the Finals in its inaugural season in 2018.

Why you should back the Blackhawks

The Blackhawks easily could have a 2-1 lead in the series as each of the last two games have been one-goal decisions, including an overtime affair in Game 2. Chicago’s top two offensive players have been producing, as former Conn Smythe Trophy winners Patrick Kane and captain Jonathan Toews have registered eight points apiece. Kane has gone five games without a goal but has notched four assists over his last two contests.

Toews has been limited to one assist in the series but was one of the top scorers in the Blackhawks’ qualifier series against Edmonton with four goals and three assists. Rookie Dominik Kubalik is tied with Toews for the team lead with four tallies after finishing three behind Kane (33) for first on the club in 2019-20. Meanwhile, defenseman Olli Maatta has produced three goals in the playoffs after recording only four during the regular season.

How to make Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total and it also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks? And which side of the money line has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights money line to jump on Sunday, all from the advanced model that has simulated this matchup 10,000 times, and find out. 

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