Blackhawks Eye First-Ever Win Against Golden Knights Tuesday

Monday, November 26, 2018 3:21 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 3:21 PM UTC

History could be made on Tuesday night in the lone national TV game on the NHL schedule as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Vegas Golden Knights. Bet confidently with tips from

Vegas (12-12-1) at Chicago (9-10-5)Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network)Free NHL Pick: UnderBest Line Offered: Bovada

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The Chicago Blackhawks are an Original Six team and obviously have beaten every other active club in the NHL multiple times. Except one: They are winless against the Vegas Golden Knights. Chicago looks to remedy that on Tuesday night at the United Center.

Obviously that statement is misleading because the Knights are in just their second season. They were 3-0 vs. Chicago in that fabulous expansion year, winning two of the games by multiple goals and scoring at least four in each. Reilly Smith (2G, 2A), William Karlsson (2G, 2A) and Nate Schmidt (4A) led Vegas with four points each vs. Chicago. Marc-Andre Fleury won his lone start, allowing two goals. Oscar Dansk and Malcolm Subban each also started once.

No. 1 Hawks goalie Corey Crawford got just one look at Vegas and allowed four goals in a loss. Star Patrick Kane had a goal and was minus-2 in the three games. Jonathan Toews had a goal and assist.

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This is Chicago’s only home game in a stretch of six as it heads to Winnipeg on Thursday and Nashville on Saturday. The Hawks are 5-3-3 at home. Kane has 12 points in the 11 games, six of them goals. Crawford is 4-2-1 with a 1.57 goals-against average and .947 save percentage in four home outings.

Chicago is off a 5-4 overtime win at Florida on Saturday in the second of a back-to-back. Erik Gustafsson’s third goal of the season at 2:32 of OT won it. Alex DeBrincat tied it with under 2 seconds play in regulation. The Hawks, who twice rallied from two-goal deficits, had lost eight straight on the road. Cam Ward got the call in net, but it should be Crawford here.

It also should be the Blackhawks debuts of former Arizona Coyotes forwards Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini. Both ex-first-round picks, they were acquired on Sunday for center Nick Schmaltz, himself a former first-rounder. Interesting swap of young talent perhaps both in need of fresh starts.

It’s the start of a three-game trip for Vegas, which is 5-9-0 away from home. Fleury is 5-5-0 with a 2.90 GAA and .887 SV on the road this year. The Knights won their third straight on Saturday, 6-0 over San Jose. Fleury stopped 33 shots for his NHL-best fifth shutout of the year and second in a row. Max Pacioretty scored twice and is on a five-game points streak. Karlsson set a franchise record for fastest goal in history by finding the net just 14 seconds in.

  • Under is 5-1-2 in Blackhawks last 8 overall.
  • Under is 7-3 in Golden Knights last 10 games following a win.

Not a huge lean on the side (probably the Hawks) but do like the ‘under’ for a Tuesday NHL pick with the way Fleury is playing and with Crawford back in net for Chicago. The ‘under’ is 10-4 in Vegas’ past 14 vs. the West and 27-11-2 in Chicago’s past 40 at home.

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