Montreal Canadiens vs. Vegas Golden Knights Free Preview

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The Montreal Canadiens and the Vegas Golden Knights take the ice at T-Mobile Arena in an East-West matchup. It’s their second head-to-head matchup of the regular season. The opening face-off is at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 17, and you will be able to witness it live on Sportsnet 360.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Vegas is 38-19 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 21.1 units this season. Of the teams 57 games this season, 32 have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 21-6 SU at home this season. The Golden Knights have connected on 21.5 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.3 percent of all penalties. As a team, the Golden Knights have been penalized just 3.2 times per game overall this season, and 2.0 per game over their last five games at home. The teams had to kill penalties for just 6.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total. With a .933 save percentage and 28.5 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (18-8-2) has been the best goalkeeper for Vegas this season. If Vegas chooses to rest him, however, head coach Gerard Gallant could turn to Malcolm Subban (12-4-4 record, .912 save percentage, 2.59 goals against average). Jonathan Marchessault and David Perron will both lead the offensive attack for the Golden Knights. Marchessault (55 points) has tallied 21 goals and 34 assists and has recorded multiple points in 17 different games this year. Perron has 14 goals and 39 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 36 contests. On the other side of the rink, Montreal is 22-35 straight up (SU) and has lost 16.7 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 57 regular season contests, 31 of its games have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just two have pushed. The Canadiens are 8-19 SU as the visiting team this season. The Canadiens have converted on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 27th overall and it’s successfully killed off 77.7 percent of all opponent power plays. Montreal’s skaters have been called for penalties 3.7 times per game in total this season, 3.2 per game over their last five match ups total, and 3.2 per game over their last five on the road. The teams been forced to kill penalties just 6.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings. Carey Price (27.2 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Montreal. Price has 15 wins, 26 losses, and five OT losses to his credit, and has registered a .904 save percentage and 2.97 goals against average this year. Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Canadiens will be Max Pacioretty (16 goals, 18 assists) and Alex Galchenyuk (12 goals, 21 assists).

Montreal Canadiens at Vegas Golden Knights Betting Predictions

Prediction: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Vegas is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Montreal is 2-3 in shootouts.
  • Eight of Montreal’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 3-5 in those games.
  • Montreal skaters have dished out the third-most hits in the league (25.7 per game).