Montreal Canadiens at Vegas Golden Knights - 6/16/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens at Vegas Golden Knights - 6/16/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Vegas Golden Knights (49-17-4) vs Montreal Canadiens (32-25-11)

Game Info: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 9:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

Betting Odds: Vegas Golden Knights -222 / Montreal Canadiens +179 --- Over/Under: 5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Vegas Golden Knights will host the Montreal Canadiens for game 2 of their semifinal’s matchup in the NHL Playoffs. The Golden Knights took the first game 4-1 at home.

The Canadiens had their 7-game winning streak snapped in the last game, with the 4 goals allowed being the most they have given up since their last loss. Their only goal came from Cole Caufield on the power play, his first of the postseason. Tyler Toffoli had his team leading 7th postseason assist in the game; he also leads the team with 4 goals and 11 points. Carey Price had a poor performance in net, allowing 4 goals on 30 shots. The one bright spot was the penalty kill; they stopped all three of Vegas’s chances and lead all playoff teams with a 91.4% penalty kill through 12 games.

Vegas continued their hot play of late, winning their 5th straight game. Three of those games have been won by 3 goals. Albeit by just one shot, the Golden Knights had the shot advantage again, something they have consistently done in the playoffs. They average 5.8 more shots than their opponents per game. Four different players scored for the Golden Knights, getting production from their entire line rotation. Marc Andre Fleury continued his stellar play in net, allowing just one goal on 29 shots. He has allowed just 9 goals during their 5-game winning streak. Vegas has allowed just 1.88 goals per game at home this postseason.  

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Montreal is 16-12-7 on the road this season, 32-36 ATS, and the under is 36-28.

Vegas is 27-6-3 at home this season, 35-35 ATS, and the over is 34-33.

Vegas had  an easy victory in game one, seemingly stopping the streaking Canadiens in their tracks. Montreal has relied on physical play to get into the semifinals but are facing a Vegas team that is built for this type of hockey. Vegas knows how to set the tone defensively and were able to shut down a pedestrian Canadiens attack in the previous game. It appears Montreal has met their match in this series; look for Vegas to cruise to another win in game 2.

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