Vegas Golden Knights at Montreal Canadiens - 6/18/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Vegas Golden Knights at Montreal Canadiens - 6/18/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (33-25-11) vs Vegas Golden Knights (49-18-4)

Game Info: Friday, June 18, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens +150 / Vegas Golden Knights -170 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Montreal Canadiens will host the Vegas Golden Knights for game 3 of their semifinal’s series in the NHL Playoffs. The series is tied 1-1 after two games in Montreal.

Montreal jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd period of game 2 and never rescinded the lead. Three different Canadiens scored in the game, highlighted by Tyler Toffoli’s team leading 5th playoff goal. He also leads the team with 7 assists and 12 points thus far. Carey Price had a solid night in net, stopping 29 of 31 shots in the game. He has allowed 2.14 goals per game with a .930 save percentage this postseason. The Canadiens have allowed 2 goals per game over the last 5 games, while scoring 2.6. Montreal leads all playoff teams with a 91.9% penalty kill; they stopped both of Vegas’s opportunities in game 2.

Vegas fell behind early but scored 2 goals to make it a one goal game with 5 minutes remaining in the 3rd. Alex Pietrangelo scored both goals for the Golden Knights. They outshot the Canadiens 31-23 in the game. William Karlsson recorded his 9th assist in the game; he leads the team in postseason assists and points with 13. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed 3 goals on 23 shots in net for the Golden Knights. He has allowed 1.92 goals per game this postseason with a .923 save percentage. The Golden Knights have scored 4 goals per game over the last 5 games, giving up 2.20 to their opponents. Vegas is 6-3 on the road this postseason, allowing 2.0 goals per game.

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Montreal is 16-13-4 at home this season, 33-36 ATS, and the under is 36-28.

Vegas is 21-11-1 on the road this season, 35-36 ATS, and the over is 34-33.

Montreal was able to hold off a late siege by Vegas in game 2, but it appeared that Vegas had taken all the momentum in the second half of the game. Marc-Andre Fleury had an uncharacteristically bad night in net for Vegas and has done well following a loss this postseason; he is 3-1 with a 2.00 GAA in those games. Vegas has outshot their opponents by nearly 10 shots on the road this postseason. Look for the Golden Knights to take back control of the series in game 3.  

 

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Joe’s Pick Vegas Golden Knights -170

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