Montreal Canadiens vs. Vegas Golden Knights Prediction, NHL Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Jan 20, 2022

Sitting dead last in the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens will have their hands full Thursday night when they head to Vegas to face the Golden Knights.

Montreal
22-49-9-2
AT
January 20, 2022, 10:00 PM ET
T-Mobile Arena
Vegas
43-31-4-4
Puckline +1.5 +122
Moneyline +260
Over / Under o +6

13%

Betting Action

87%

Puckline -1.5 -146
Moneyline -315
Over / Under u +6

13%

Betting Action

87%

The Montreal Canadiens are making the trek to Vegas Thursday for a rematch of last year’s conference final. Montreal took last year’s series in six games, eliminating the Golden Knights on an overtime tally from Artturi Lehkonen. Thursday’s the second and final regular season meeting between these clubs, with Vegas getting some revenge in Montreal back on November 6 courtesy of a 5-2 win.

The 8-25-5 Habs remain in the basement of the Eastern Conference but are entering Vegas with a win over Dallas in their most recent showing. The Knights meanwhile sit first in the Pacific with a 23-15-2 record, but are looking to break a three-game losing streak as the division’s California teams are getting right on their tail.

Puck drop at T-Mobile Arena goes at 10 p.m. EST. Vegas is a -354 moneyline favourite, and -144 on the puckline, while the total is set at 5.5 on the NHL odds.

Canadiens vs. Golden Knights NHL Betting Odds

The wins and losses column is anything but pretty for the defending Stanley Cup runners-up. Montreal’s 3-15-4 record on the road is the worst in the NHL, as is their record overall. When it comes to the total, the under has hit in only eight of the Canadiens’ 22 road games this year.

On the flip side, Vegas hasn’t been as strong as expected at home. They’re just 12-10-2 straight up on the season and have lost five of their last six on home ice. Similar to Montreal, the Golden Knights have seen only nine of their 24 home games hit the under.

Montreal Canadiens

A career-high 48 saves from Sam Montembeault combined with a five-goal outing for the first time since November 27 propelled Montreal to victory on Tuesday, winning 5-3 at Dallas. Christian Dvorak netted his sixth and seventh goals of the campaign while Tyler Toffoli, Josh Anderson and Michael Pezzetta found the back of the net too.

Anderson’s goal was his team-leading eighth of the year. If that alone doesn’t highlight the offensive struggles for Montreal this season, then a league-worst 2.16 goals per game will. Montreal is also allowing the most goals per game at 3.66, for a double whammy.

Vegas Golden Knights

The last Knights win came on January 6 versus the Rangers, granted Vegas has only played three times since then. Robin Lehner was in net for all three of the recent losses. Lehner’s .904 save percentage this year is his worst since his rookie season in 2010, and is beginning to let down a Vegas team that ranks sixth in scoring. Don’t forget, Jack Eichel is also now practicing.

Chandler Stephenson potted his first goal of 2022 against Pittsburgh on Monday, Vegas’ last contest. Stephenson leads the club with 37 points in 39 games.

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