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Vegas Golden Knights at Montreal Canadiens Predictions & Tips – Golden Knights To Bounce Back

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Leigh Copson 17 Jun 2021
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Vegas Golden Knights at Montreal Canadiens Predictions & Tips


Vegas can bounce back from a shock Game 2 loss to regain the series lead.

Wasteful Golden Knights shooting and inspired goalie play inspired Montreal to a 3-2 victory in that one.

But Vegas are the better team and a more clinical performance can see them hit back immediately.

  • Vegas Golden Knights have 3 road wins in the playoffs so far
  • Vegas Golden Knights are on a 5-1 run
  • Vegas Golden Knights have averaged 3.8 goals per game over their last 7 games
  • Montreal Canadiens have already lost 2 at home in the playoffs
  • Montreal Canadiens needed 29 saves from Carey Price to cling on in Game 2
  • 5 of the 10 goals in this series have been scored in the 2nd period

Head To Head


  • Montreal Canadiens lead the all-time series 6-2

Vegas Golden Knights Form & Team News


Vegas won a marathon seven-game clash with Minnesota in round one and needed six games to upset Colorado in the last round.

They have made a fast start to this series with Montreal though, storming to a 4-1 victory in Game 1 on the home ice.

The Golden Knights were flying after that one, averaging 4.2 goals per game over their previous five matchups while averaging a win margin of 2.4 goals per game.

However, they lost their clinical edge and came up against some stubborn play from the Montreal goalie in Game 2, resulting in a shock 3-2 loss.

The Canadiens will look to bounce back on the road but they may have to do it with Chandler Stephenson (upper body) who is day-to-day.

He joins Tomas Nosek (undisclosed) and Peyton Krebs (jaw) on the injury report – the pair have been listed day-to-day for a couple of weeks now.

Montreal Canadiens Form & Team News


Montreal’s run to the semi-final has been full of surprises – they came back from the brink against Toronto to stun the Maple Leafs in Game 7 and then swept Winnipeg in four games.

They now have their sights set on an even bigger upset and they have already pulled off one surprise in this series with Vegas.

The Canadiens saw their seven-game win streak come to a shuddering halt as they lost 4-1 to the Golden Knights in Game 1, but they hit back in Game 2.

Montreal benefited from Vegas profligacy and also had goalie Carey Price to thank as they held on for a 3-2 victory, and they have now have a shot at taking the series lead on the home ice.

They will have Jeff Petry and Jon Merrill to call upon after they returned in Game 2, but they remain without two other men.

Jake Evans (concussion) and Jonathan Drouin (personal) are both still sidelined ‘indefinitely’.

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Verdict

Vegas had a bit of a nightmare in Game 2 but they remain the favourites to win the Stanley Cup.

And so they should be. The Golden Knights can bounce back here to get ahead in the series once again.

Best Bet: Vegas -0.5 Asian Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: 2nd Period Highest Scoring Period @275.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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