Montreal Canadiens left winger Tomas Tatar (90) scores against Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-André Fleury (29) in the third period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, October 31 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / John Locher)
- The Vegas Golden Knights are favorites -265 to win Game 1 of their Stanley Cup semi-final series against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, June 14
- Montreal (seven games) and Vegas (four games) have streak winning streaks
- Read below for game odds, analysis and a bet prediction.
As they prepare to face the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup semifinals, the Vegas Golden Knights are blessed with a summary of impressive accomplishments over their brief four-year history.
Vegas is in the bottom four for the third time. The Golden Knights made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first season of existence.
However, they’ve never been more favorites in a playoff series before. Vegas is chalk -500 to take this series from the Canadiens. The Golden Knights are also a solid -265 betting pick to win at home in the opening game of this top-seven set.
Vegas is 4-0 in both straight and ATS in the club’s last four home games.
Canadiens vs Golden Knights Odds – Game 1
|Player||Moneyline||Stream to DraftKings||Total|
|Montreal Canadiens||+220||+1.5 (-132)||O 5.5 (+112)|
|Vegas Golden Knights||-265||-1.5 (+110)||U5.5 (-136)|
Odds as of June 12.
The puck is expected to fall on Monday at 9 p.m. ET for the opener of this series at T-Mobile Arena. NBCSN is broadcasting the show.
Rest against rust
In two playoff rounds, Montreal did it the hard way and the easy way. After a seven-game verdict against Toronto in the first round, the Canadians swept the Winnipeg Jets in the second round.
Vegas also played seven games in the first round to eliminate the Minnesota Wild. The Golden Knights lost Game 1 of Round 2 to the Colorado Avalanche, but with one caveat. They chose to let Marc-André Fleury rest and go with substitute goalie Robin Lehner in a 7-1 loss.
In this year’s playoffs, two teams swept the playoffs. Two teams played seven games. The two teams that swept the series in the first round were ousted in the second round. The two teams that played seven games in the first round won the second round series.
As of 2017, the teams that clinch the Stanley Cup series are 3-7 in a row in Game 1 of the next round. The teams that needed seven games to advance are 8-7 SU in the opener of the next round.
Canadiens vs Golden Knights Series odds
|Vegas Golden Knights||-500|
Fleury vs Price
Vegas goalie Fleury adorns his fingers with three Stanley Cup rings. He participated in five series of Cup finals.
His Montreal counterpart Carey Price never made it past the last four of the NHL playoffs. Price’s peers consider him the best goalie of the game. Certainly, if the NHL players make it to the 2022 Winter Olympics, Price and Fleury will be among Canada’s goaltenders.
Of the four # 1 goalies still chasing the Stanley Cup, Price and Fleury are 1-2. Fleury has a 1.91 goals against average. Price’s GAA is 1.97. His save percentage of .935 is the best.
We’re set to witness a series of Stanley Cup semi-finals Marc-André Fleury – Carey Price AND Gossip Girl are releasing new episodes, which is a tweet that would have made a lot more sense around 2009
– Catherine Silverman (@catmsilverman) June 11, 2021
Price has allowed 13 goals in Montreal’s eight playoff wins. He has proven his ability to steal games and playoffs.
Fleury has allowed 13 goals in the Golden Knights’ eight playoff wins. However, he is also 36 and admitted his legs felt heavy after Game 6 of Round 2. Vegas should also be concerned that Lehner missed two of the games against the Avs with an undisclosed injury. .
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The Canadiens are hoping forward Jake Evans (concussion) returns to action in this series. He’s been out since Winnipeg’s Mark Schiefele punched Evans in Game 1 of Round 2.
Defenseman Jeff Petry (main) is listed as questionable for the Canadiens. He was injured in Game 3 against the Jets. Rookie Alexander Romanov is Petry’s replacement.
Jeff petry pic.twitter.com/Hr4bH4I0mu
– Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) June 11, 2021
Montreal striker Tomas Tatar (undisclosed) is questionable. Defenseman Jon Merill (undisclosed) is absent.
Vegas forward Tomas Nosek (undisclosed) hasn’t played since being hit in Game 2 of the first round by Minnesota Wild forward Marcus Foligno.
In two rounds of the 2021 playoffs, Vegas is 0-2 SU in Game 1. Montreal is 1-1.
The Golden Knights list five players with at least four playoff goals. Four Canadians have four goals.
– Daren Millard (@darenmillard) June 11, 2021
Since returning from injury, former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty of the Golden Knights has amassed points in all seven playoff games he’s been to.
Picks: Vegas Golden Knights -1.5 (+110)
An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the Sports History Course at Elder College. He worked as a sports columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was vice-president of the Society for International Hockey Research in Ontario, and wrote 25 books.