The NHL is set up with another great Stanley Cup Semifinal game on Friday night. The Vegas Golden Knights and the Montreal Canadiens will both look for a big win in this one as they try to take the lead in this series. If either team can come out hot in this one, it could be enough for the win. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time on USA.
Vegas finished with a record of 40-14-2 throughout the regular season, which had them earn the second seed in the West Division. The Golden Knights knocked off the Minnesota Wild in seven games in the first round. Vegas then eliminated the Colorado Avalanche in six games. The Golden Knights will look to come out strong in this one as they try to take the series lead.
The Canadiens put up a record of 24-21-11 during the regular season, which had them finish in fourth place of the North Division. Montreal came back from down 3-1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs and swept the Winnipeg Jets to reach the Stanley Cup Semifinals. The Canadiens earned a big win in Game 2 and will look to bounce back with a big win in this one.
These two teams have been strong throughout this postseason and will look for a huge win in Game 3. Montreal was able to bounce back after losing Game 1 and will look to take control of this series on the road. The Golden Knights will look to earn a big win on the road as they try to take the lead back. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.
The Golden Knights hosted the first game of this series on June 14. Cole Caufield scored the lone goal for Montreal, but it was not enough for the win. Shea Theodore had a goal and an assist on the night, while Reilly Smith had two assists on the night. Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 28 saves on 29 shots as Vegas earned a 4-1 win on the night.
The second game of this series stayed in Vegas on June 16. Joel Edmundson had two assists on the night. Joel Armia, Tyler Toffoli and Paul Byron all scored for the Canadiens as Montreal took a 3-0 lead. Alex Pietrangelo scored twice, but the Golden Knights come back came short. Carey Price finished with 29 saves on 31 shots as the Canadiens won 3-2.
Montreal was able to bounce back with a win in Game 2 after dropping the first game of this series. Now the Canadiens will look to take control of this series as it shifts back home. Montreal has been strong throughout this postseason at home and will have even more fans in their building. If the Canadiens can build off Game 2’s performance, they will have a great chance to take the series lead.
Vegas has struggled on both sides of special teams throughout the playoffs. The Golden Knights have scored on 4 of their 34 power play opportunities, which is an 11.8 percent success rate. Vegas has given up 9 power play goals on 31 penalties against, which is a 71 percent penalty kill. The Golden Knights will look to get something brewing on special teams in this one.
The Canadiens have been solid on the power play throughout this postseason run. Montreal has capitalized on 7 of their 35 power play chances, which is a 20 percent power play. The Canadiens have been even better on the penalty kill. Montreal has killed off 34 of their opponents 37 power play attempts, which is a 91.9 percent kill rate.
Montreal has the edge on special teams in this series and it is not close. The Golden Knights have not gotten anything going on either side of special teams throughout the playoffs and will need to turn that around in this one. If the Canadiens can dominate special teams play in this one, it could cause issues for Vegas in this series.
Marc-Andre Fleury will get the nod between the pipes for the Golden Knights in Game 3. Fleury has earned a record of 9-5 throughout his 14 playoff starts. He has posted a save percentage of .923 and a 1.92 GAA throughout his games played. Fleury finished with 20 saves on 23 shots in Game 2 and will look to bounce back in this one.
Carey Price will get the start in the crease for Montreal on Friday night. Price has started through all 13 games this postseason, going 9-4. He has put up a .930 save percentage and a GAA of 2.14 throughout those starts. Price earned the win in Game 2, stopping 29 of 31 shots on the night. He will look to have another great night back at home in this one.
These two goalies have been strong throughout this postseason and will look for another strong performance in this one. The Canadiens were able to score three early on Fleury in Game 2, but could not score late. Both teams will look to put a lot of pressure on early in this one as they try to break through quickly to give themselves the edge.
The Canadiens are coming off a big win in Game 2 of this series, but I think that Vegas will bounce back with a win of their own in Game 3. The Golden Knights have been the better overall team this season and I think they will come out stronger in this one. Vegas struggled I the first against Montreal in Game 2, but I think they will switch things up to gain an early lead.
BetOnline has the Golden Knights listed as a -160 against the money line in this one. This implies that Vegas will win this game around 61.5 percent of the time. I agree with this line, but I do not see a lot of value on it. Montreal has played their best hockey with the lead, but if the Golden Knights can put the Canadiens behind early, I think they can put up a dominant win. I am taking Vegas against the spread.