Vegas Golden Knights vs. Montreal Canadiens Game 3 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jun 17, 2021

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Vegas

The Habs achieved their goal of a split in the first two games of their semifinal playoff series in Las Vegas, and now the series shifts to the Bell Centre on Friday night for Game 3.

Vegas
40-14-0-2
AT
June 18, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
Bell Centre
Montreal
24-21-8-3
Puckline -1.5 +160
Moneyline -169
Over / Under o +5

43%

Betting Action

57%

Puckline +1.5 -192
Moneyline +141
Over / Under u +5

43%

Betting Action

57%

The Golden Knights are favoured on the NHL odds with a total of five goals.

Golden Knights vs. Canadiens Stanley Cup Odds

On the puckline for Game 3, Vegas is +165 at -1.5 goals and Montreal is -199 at +1.5. The over five goals is a -140 favourite – the first two games both finished with a total of five goals scored. On the regulation moneyline, Vegas is +112, Montreal +193 and a draw +288. The Knights are -156 to score first and Canadiens +112. That the team which scores first wins is -233 with no +165.

Vegas is -303 on the updated series line with Montreal +225. The Knights remain Stanley Cup favourites (+149) and the Canadiens long shots (+548).

The Habs have won all three regular-season home meetings vs. the Golden Knights. This will be Montreal’s first true home game vs. an American team since March 10, 2020, when it lost to Nashville and then the COVID shutdown hit. Quebec is allowing the Canadiens to increase capacity from 2,500 to 3,500.

Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas got some bad and frankly surprising injury news before Wednesday’s Game 2 when top-line centre Chandler Stephenson was scratched with an undisclosed injury. He had 14 goals and 21 assists with a plus-22 rating during the regular season and six assists with a plus-9 rating in these playoffs. Nicolas Roy largely took his spot on the top line. Stephenson is considered day-to-day. His absence certainly could have contributed to the Knights’ five-game winning streak ending in a 3-2 defeat Wednesday.

Vegas didn’t get on the board until late in the second already down 3-0, with Alex Pietrangelo scoring. He added another goal (three total in playoffs) at 14:46 of the third, but Vegas couldn’t get the equalizer. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20 shots but was a bit shaky in the first period in allowing two goals on 12 shots. This will be a homecoming for Fleury, who was born in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. The Knights are 19-7 in their past 26 as road favourites.

Montreal Canadiens

With Wednesday’s 3-2 victory in Las Vegas, the Canadiens are now 8-0 in these playoffs when scoring at least two goals. While the Knights got bad injury news ahead of Game 2, the Habs got terrific news as defenceman Jeff Petry returned to the lineup after missing the past two games with a hand injury. Petry was trending on Twitter because both eyes were bloodshot. Apparently, he has broken blood vessels under his cornea. Petry finished with an assist and plus-1 rating in 20:47 of ice time. Fellow blueliner Jon Merrill also played for the first time since Game 5 vs. the Leafs.

Joel Armia (fifth of playoffs) and Tyler Toffoli (fifth) had first-period goals and Paul Byron (second) made it 3-0 late in the second. That’s eight straight games with at least a point for Toffoli, the longest streak of any player in this post-season and longest for a Montreal player since Vincent Damphousse also had eight in 1993. Nine is the franchise record. Rookie Cole Caufield had an assist and now has a four-game points streak. Carey Price blocked 29 of 31 shots and was especially under siege in the third period, facing 16 shots. His nine playoff wins are a career high for one post-season. The Canadiens are 4-1 in their past five after allowing two goals or fewer in their previous game.

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