Vegas Golden Knights (49-18-4) vs. Montreal Canadiens (33-25-11)
June 18, 2021 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +150 / Vegas Golden Knights -170; Over/Under: -5.5
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The Vegas Golden Knights and Montreal Canadiens meet Friday in game three of the Stanley Cup Semifinals at the Centre Bell. The Golden Knights look for a bounce back performance to take a 2-1 series lead. The Canadiens look for back-to-back wins to take a 2-1 series lead.
The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.07 goals per game and are scoring on 11.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with six goals, William Karlsson has nine assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 60 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.33 goals per game and are killing 71 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up seven goals on 37 shots faced and Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 27 goals on 351 shots.
The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.46 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with five goals, Eric Staal has six assists and Shea Weber has 30 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.31 goals per game and are killing 91.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 28 goals on 398 shots faced.
The Canadiens are 14-6 in their last 20 Friday games and 8-1 in their last 9 overall. The Golden Knights are 11-5 in their last 16 road games and 39-17 in their last 56 overall. The under is 4-1 in Golden Knights last 5 road games. The under is 4-1 in Canadiens last 5 home games. The Golden Knights are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.
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The Golden Knights are the better team here and are going to be favored in every game of the series. With that said, we’re getting plus money with the Habs, a team that’s won eight of their last nine games. The Canadiens have also won six of their last seven games as an underdog. At some point the Canadiens deserve some respect. The Habs have also won six of the eight meetings against the Golden Knights. In terms of the value, you have to like the home team here.