Montreal Canadiens (34-25-12) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (50-18-5)
June 22, 2021 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -240 / Montreal Canadiens +210; Over/Under: +5
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The Montreal Canadiens and Vegas Golden Knights meet Tuesday in game 5 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals at the T-Mobile Arena. The Canadiens and Golden Knights meet in a crucial contest with the series evened up at 2-2.
The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.40 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with five goals, Eric Staal has six assists and Brendan Gallagher has 36 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.27 goals per game and are killing 92.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 32 goals on 464 shots faced.
The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 2.94 goals per game and are scoring on 10.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas with six goals, William Karlsson has 10 assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 66 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.29 goals per game and are killing 73.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up eight goals on 65 shots faced and Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 30 goals on 378 shots.
The Canadiens are 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 9-2 in their last 11 overall. The Golden Knights are 42-15 in their last 57 home games and 40-18 in their last 58 overall. The under is 2-0-3 in Canadiens last 5 overall. The under is 1-0-3 in Golden Knights last 4 overall. The Canadiens are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The underdog is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
We knew from the beginning that the Golden Knights were the better team, and they’re nearly unbeatable at home. This price should be in the same zip code it’s at currently. With that said, I think the Canadiens have proven themselves in these playoffs and this series overall. The Habs have won nine of their last 11 games overall and seven of their last nine games as an underdog. The Canadiens have also won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Golden Knights and the last two meetings went to overtime. At some point you have to see value in the Canadiens and the massive plus money.
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