Montreal Canadiens (18-13-5) at Vegas Golden Knights (20-15-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 22, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -195 / Montreal Canadiens +148 --- Over/Under: 6
The Montreal Canadiens and Vegas Golden Knights meet Saturday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Montreal Canadiens look for a bounce back victory after splitting their last six games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 12.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 15 goals, Jeff Petry has 20 assists and Max Domi has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 80 goals on 842 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 33 goals on 266 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed two or less goals in six of their last nine games.
The Vegas Golden Knights look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. William Karlsson leads Vegas with 14 goals, Reilly Smith has 18 assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 81 goals on 871 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 19 goals on 159 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Canadiens are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games, 18-39 in their last 57 road games and 8-21 in their last 29 games following a win. The Golden Knights are 46-18 in their last 64 home games and 11-4 in their last 15 overall. The over is 8-3-2 in Golden Knights last 13 overall. The under is 6-1 in Canadiens last 7 vs. Western Conference. The over is 3-0-2 in Golden Knights last 5 home games.
The Montreal Canadiens have been fade material on the road for quite some time now, and they're playing a Vegas squad that's starting to get back on track and has improved by leaps and bounds on defense. The Vegas Golden Knights have also been one of the best home teams in the league dating back to last season. Laying this sort of juice usually isn't ideal in this sport, but given the Canadiens issues on the road and Vegas playing some of its best hockey of the season, it should be a safe bet.