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Vegas Golden Knights vs Montreal Canadiens 06/18/2021 NHL Previews, Tips & Results
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Vegas Golden Knights vs Montreal Canadiens 06/18/2021 – And so it happened. The Montreal Canadiens are heading back home to Quebec on a high note after stealing home-ice advantage against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 of their Stanley Cup semifinal series last Wednesday. It was a hard-earned victory for Montreal, which defied the NHL Betting Odds after falling short in Game 1. Major adjustments were made on the Canadiens’ side after a series of penalties cost them the opener. For Game 3, finally, at home, the team will look to sustain their attack as they try to gain the series advantage. The game is set on Friday at 09:00 PM Eastern Time with a live broadcast on USA and NHL.TV.
Vegas Golden Knights vs Montreal Canadiens 06/18/2021
When: Friday, June 18, 8:00 PM ET
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Vegas Golden Knights vs Montreal Canadiens 06/18/2021 Betting Odds:
Vegas Golden Knights
For some reason, Vegas Golden Knights still were not able to solve the problem they had in the series opener: a slow start. They eventually survived in Game 1, but it was not the case in Game 2. Vegas was targeted on its weakest point as early as the first period where the team trailed 0-2. As always, these kinds of deficits serve as the wake-up call for the team. Unfortunately for them, the Canadiens came out prepared for any uprising, leaving them behind until the end of the game. The loss cost Vegas its home-ice advantage, but the team is still in a good position to bounce back.
Players to watch: W. Karlsson C (G 4 A 9 PTS 13), A. Pietrangelo D (G 3 A 7 PTS 10), R. Smith RW (G 2 A 7 PTS 9).
Just like in Game 1, the Canadiens came out swinging against the Golden Knights in Game 2, only this time, they were able to keep the latter at bay to secure the W. In just the first period, Montreal was already able to build a 2-0 cushion. It is not quite surprising considering that this has been a trend for the Canadiens in the playoffs. Being assertive on the offensive end early in games has become a norm for them; it’s just their ability to sustain such strong starts that need further attention. Playing a team like the Golden Knights, the Canadiens know that letting go of the gas pedal down the stretch is fraught in danger. Game 3 could be a series changer so home fans in Montreal could expect their team to give it 100%.
Players to watch: T. Toffoli RW (G 5 A 7 PTS 12), N. Suzuki C (G 4 A 4 PTS 8), J. Armia RW (G 5 A 3 PTS 8).
Vegas Golden Knights vs Montreal Canadiens Betting Predictions
Vegas is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
Montreal is 8-1 SU in their last 9 games.
Golden Knights vs Canadiens Betting Picks
Back-to-back slow starts should be enough for the Golden Knights to realize that they should take the Canadiens seriously. Game 3 in hostile territory, Vegas will make sure that they regain the series edge after the game. Top betting sites for NHL tag the Golden Knights as favorites on the road, but wagers on the team are still expected to rise as spectators anticipate a major bounce back from the visitors.
Score Prediction: Golden Knights 5, Canadiens 3.