Vegas Golden Knights (49-18-5) vs. Montreal Canadiens (34-25-11)
June 20, 2021 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +124 / Vegas Golden Knights -154; Over/Under: +5
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The Vegas Golden Knights and Montreal Canadiens meet Sunday in game 4 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals at the Centre Bell. The Golden Knights look for a bounce back performance to even up the series at 2-2. The Canadiens look for three straight wins to take a surprising 3-1 series lead.
The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 10.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with six goals, William Karlsson has nine assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.38 goals per game and are killing 72.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up seven goals on 37 shots faced and Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 30 goals on 378 shots.
The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.50 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with five goals, Eric Staal has six assists and Josh Anderson has 32 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.29 goals per game and are killing 92.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 30 goals on 443 shots faced.
The Golden Knights are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 72-33 in their last 105 overall. The Canadiens are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 9-1 in their last 10 overall. The over is 1-0-3 in Golden Knights last 4 overall. The under is 1-0-3 in Canadiens last 4 overall. The Golden Knights are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Montreal and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings.
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The Golden Knights are the better team and are pretty much in a must win spot, so you should expect them to be favored and to show up. However, the Canadiens continue to be underdogs and all they’ve done is win games in these playoffs. The Habs have won seven of their last eight games as an underdog and have won seven of the nine all time meetings against Vegas. At some point the Canadiens are going to get the respect they deserve. I’ll take another stab with the Habs and the plus money.