Vegas Golden Knights vs. Montreal Canadiens Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Nov 15, 2023

The Pacific Division-leading Vegas Golden Knights make their lone visit of the season to Montreal on Thursday night against a Habs team with losses in back-to-back games.

November 16, 2023, 7:00 PM ET
Bell Centre
Puckline -1.5 +125
Moneyline -200
Over / Under o +8
Puckline +1.5 -150
Moneyline +165
Over / Under u +8

Thursday’s home game for the Montreal Canadiens perhaps means a little more than most as the defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights make their lone visit of the season.

The Golden Knights are -200 favourites to win on the NHL odds.

Golden Knights vs. Canadiens NHL Betting Odds

Usually, there is a championship hangover for a team in any major sports league when it starts the following regular season, but the Golden Knights didn’t get the message. They started 11-0-1 but perhaps playing so deep into last summer is finally catching up to Vegas as it has started coming back to reality.

This is purely speculation on my part, but am guessing the Knights just started a road trip because the team asked to get out of town due to the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix being held late Saturday night. The city is a bit of a mess getting ready for that and having the Knights play at home would have been a logistical nightmare.

This concludes the season series as Montreal lost 3-2 in a shootout in Las Vegas on Oct. 30 with the Knights blowing leads of 1-0 and 2-1 – that may only happen a few times all season at home. Sean Monahan (shorthanded) and Nick Suzuki had the two Habs goals with Suzuki’s at 15:42 of the third. The Knights’ Jack Eichel had a chance to win the game for Vegas in the OT with a penalty shot after Suzuki tried to stop him on a breakaway, but Sam Montembeault made a great save. Adin Hill made 37 saves for Vegas.

Vegas has won five straight in the series. The over is 4-1 in those even though it didn’t hit last time.

Vegas Golden Knights

The inevitable Vegas cooldown has started as the team lost for the third time in four games on Tuesday, 3-0 in Washington. The issue has been offence as the Knights have totaled only three goals in those three losses. They are badly missing centre Chandler Stephenson, who last played Nov. 5 against Anaheim due to an upper-body injury. He has two goals and eight assists in 13 games. He hasn’t been ruled out for this one yet. Defenceman Nicolas Hague (1G, 2A) has missed the past six but also not ruled out yet. Even with that loss in Washington, the Golden Knights own a road record of 30-9-8 dating to last season, tied for the fifth-most road wins in the league. Logan Thompson was in net on Tuesday, so it should be 2023 playoff hero Adin Hill here. He’s 7-1-1 with a 1.75 GAA and .939 SV with two shutouts. It’s only his second road start (won at Chicago on Oct. 21). Vegas is 14-3 in its past 17 vs. the East.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal dropped its second in a row at home Tuesday, 2-1 to Calgary after managing just two goals in Sunday’s loss to Vancouver. Gustav Lindström had the lone goal against the Flames, his first goal since being acquired by Montreal from Detroit on Aug. 15. The only reason Lindström was in the lineup was because Jordan Harris was sidelined by an upper-body injury. Harris didn’t practice Wednesday, so probably not looking good for him here. He has three assists and a minus-6 rating in 15 games. The Canadiens appear to be in a true goaltending platoon, which would mean Jake Allen starts Thursday. He got off to a strong start to the year but has allowed at least three goals in four straight to fall to 3-3-1 with a 3.31 GAA and .911 SV. The Canadiens are 1-8 in their past nine vs. teams with a winning per centage of .600 or better.

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