Montreal Canadians (0-1) at Vegas Golden Knights (1-0)
- Time: 6 PST – 8 CST – 9 EST
- Place: T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, NV
- TV: NBC Sports Network
The Vegas Golden Knights proved why they are a threat to take Lord Stanley’s Mug on Monday night as they were able to put away an emotional ouster of the Colorado Avalanche and controlled the Montreal Canadians to the tune of a 4-1 win in Game 1.
The start was intense as Shea Theodore lit the lamp at 9:15 and the Golden Knights amped up the momentum even further.
Montreal must come in and seize control of this game from the beginning and take one of the most raucous crowds in professional sports out of the game. If that doesn’t happen this could end up as an actual avalanche.
There were 96 combined hits in Monday night’s game so look for the intensity to once against be another physical offering.
Vegas has had more offense in their 5-0 run over the last five games is averaging 4.2 goals per game in their last five. They have fired 92 shots in their last three, so Peter Deboer and company have put an emphasis on getting more pucks at the net and it is working.
The Canadians are 7-1 in their last eight games and 4-1 in their last five outings vs. Vegas.
Montreal (32-36, ATS)
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal’s last 7 games
- The Canadians are 4-1 SU in their last 5 road games
- The UNDER has been the call in 4 of the Canadians’ last 5 when they are playing as the underdog
Vegas (36-34, ATS)
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the Golden Knights’ last 6 games
- The OVER has been the call in 5 of the last 6 Vegas-Montreal matchups
- The Golden Knight are 5-1 SU in their last 6 outings.
Carey Price has been a hot goaltender until he was rendered on Monday night. Price gave up the four goals in Game 1 which was the first time he had given up more than three Since a Game 2 loss in the opening series against Toronto.
Price had an amazingly 94.1 save percentage (97-103) in the Canadians’ sweep of the Winnipeg Jets in Round 2.
Marc Andre-Fleury has been money in the goal for Vegas, especially in this five-game winning streak as he has stopped 121-of-130 shots for a 93.0 percent save percentage. The Vegas opponents have averaged only 1.8 goals in the stretch.
Fleury is 10-4 with a 1.84 GAA in the playoffs as continues to pile up the accolades. The three-time defending Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins and is the active leader in playoff wins with 90.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Montreal Canadiens||+1½ (-115)||+230||O 5 (-135)|
|Vegas Golden Knights||-1½ (-105)||-270||U 5 (+115)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
The Canadians have scored by committee in the playoffs as 19 different skaters have scored at least one point. Tyler Toffoli will need to get rolling tonight as he leads Les Habitants de Montreal with seven goals and 11 points.
Nick Suzuki and Joel Armia tie Toffoli as the trio has four goals each.
William Karlsson has been a steady influence on the Golden Knights’ offense in these playoffs as he has scored 13 points to lead Vegas while Jonathan Marchessault leads in goals with six.
Rilley Smith had two assists on Monday night and now has 11 points in the series.
Mark Stone, the Golden Knights’ leading scorer with 61 points in the regular season, has four goals and four assists and could be on the verge of erupting as it feels like he has been somewhat too quiet in the playoffs.
Neither power play has been up to speed in the playoffs as Montreal did score their only goal on the power play on Monday night when Cole Caufield connected at 12:05 in the second period. The Canadians are a daunting 8-of-37 (21.6%) with the extra man in the playoffs which is eighth in the league.
- Vegas has struggled even more as the Golden Knights were 0-for-4 on the power play in Game 1 and they check in at 4-for-36 (11.1%), which is obviously last in the league.
- Montreal’s Corey Perry and Vegas defenseman Alec Martinez are the only two players on either team with multiple power-play goals as they have two each.
Montreal’s penalty kills is a major reason why the Canadians have made it this far as Montreal has disposed of 36-of-39 odd-man disadvantages. That equates to only a .076 advantage for opponents.
The Golden Knights kill rate is 10-of-34 (29.4%) which is 12th in the NHL.