Montreal Canadiens vs. Vegas Golden Knights Game 2 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jun 15, 2021

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Vegas

The Vegas Golden Knights try to take a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Montreal Canadiens in their Stanley Cup playoff semifinal series Wednesday night.

Montreal
24-21-8-3
AT
June 16, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
T-Mobile Arena
Vegas
40-14-0-2
Puckline +1.5 -115
Moneyline +202
Over / Under o +5

39%

Betting Action

61%

Puckline -1.5 -105
Moneyline -244
Over / Under u +5

39%

Betting Action

61%

The Knights are once again heavy home favourites on the NHL odds with a total of 5.0 goals.

Canadiens vs. Golden Knights Stanley Cup Odds

On the puckline for Game 2, Vegas is +110 at -1.5 goals, while Montreal is -132 at +1.5. The over 5.0 goals is a -135 favourite – that opened at 5.5 goals, which is where Game 1 closed.

We predicted Vegas to win Game 1 with a total of five goals, and that’s what happened in a 4-1 victory. However, bettors who took under the 5.5 goals got very lucky because down 4-1 late, Montreal pulled goaltender Carey Price for more than four minutes yet didn’t allow an empty-net goal.

On the updated series line, Vegas is -1250 and Montreal +550. The favoured exact result is Knights in five at -221, while a sweep is +262.

All-time when trailing 1-0 in a best-of-7 series, the Canadiens are 16-31 in the series. When leading a best-of-7 all-time 1-0, Vegas has won four of five series.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal was the first Canadian team to play as a visitor in a game contested in the United States in 460 days in Monday’s 4-1 loss. The Habs hadn’t trailed since Game 4 of the first round vs. Toronto, but that streak ended when Shea Theodore scored for Vegas at 9:15 of the first. Montreal’s stretch of 447:08 without trailing was the second longest such run in Stanley Cup playoffs history.

The lone Canadiens goal was the first in this post-season for rookie Cole Caufield, coming on the power play. That cut the Knights’ lead to 2-1 at 12:05 of the second, but Carey Price allowed a goal less than a minute later. Tyler Toffoli‘s point streak reached seven games as he had an assist on the Caufield goal. Price stopped 26 of 30 shots and gave up at least one goal in each period. Defencemen Jeff Petry and Jon Merrill and forward Jake Evans all were out injured. Petry would be the key guy to potentially get back in Game 2. Montreal is 2-6 in its past eight after scoring two goals or fewer in its previous game.

Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas knows how to end playoff winning streaks, that’s for sure. Colorado had won six straight playoff games this year before the Knights won the next four to advance to this round. Montreal had won seven straight playoff games and that obviously ended in Monday’s 4-1 defeat. The Golden Knights have joined the 2006 Edmonton Oilers as the only teams to snap two six-plus-game playoff winning streaks in the same year.

The Knights got three goals from defencemen in Game 1: Shea Theodore (first of playoffs), Alec Martinez (third) and Nick Holden (second) as well as from winger Mattias Janmark (fourth). In doing so, Vegas became the second team to have three different defensemen score at least one goal in a game taking place during the conference finals/semifinals. The 1991 Pittsburgh Penguins also did it. Eight of Vegas’ goals this post-season have been scored by defencemen, which is the most among all teams. Theodore’s 12 post-season goals since 2018 are most among all NHL blueliners. Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 28 of 29 shots to lower his 2021 playoff GAA to 1.84. Vegas is 49-22 in its past 71 after a win.

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