The 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs will start the Western Conference Championship series tonight, as the Montreal Canadiens face the Vegas Golden Knights in a series of seven games for a ticket the Stanley Cup Finals. It is an intriguing series, as the Golden Knights head into their third divisional final in just for years of existence. Meanwhile, the Canadiens are currently on a seven game winning streak. Both teams have had quite the road to get here, but one team will head down the path to glory, the other towards elimination and getting the first win could help define the rest of this series.
Can Vegas kick off the series with a win at home? Or will the Canadiens continue to extend their streak all the way into the finals?. Let’s dive into the latest expert preview for the Canadiens vs. Golden Knights, along with the latest NHL odds, betting trends and predictions. Be sure to be on the lookout for updated NHL odds and lines out our online Bitcoin sportsbook before placing your bets!
Canadiens vs. Golden Knights Game 2 Information
- When: Wednesday, June 16th, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
- Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
- TV: NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
- Radio: TSN 690 Montreal (Canadiens) // FOX Sports 98.9 FM (Vegas)
- Live Stream: NHL Live
- NHL Betting Odds: Vegas Golden Knights (-263) / OU: 5.0
Why Bet on the Montreal Canadiens?
Many experts aren’t giving the Canadiens much hope to get a win tonight. But if we look back at their performance just in the regular season, they led the North Division within the first 10 games. Then, injuries started to happen, which forced them to make some strategic changes that led them to fourth place at the end of the regular season.
Their offense has been quite good, scoring 61.6% just in the postseason. The trio of Tyler Toffoli, Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki, with Toffoli and Suzuki currently lead the team with 11 and 8 points in 12 postseason games. They have power in the front, but they need to fix the defense. With the possible return of defenseman Jeff Petry, they could just get that needed boost.
Why Bet on the Vegas Golden Knights?
The Golden Knights head into tonight’s game with a five game winning streak, coming off from the series against the league’s top team, the Colorado Avalanche. They currently have the best goal differential compared to the other teams in the playoffs at +12. Just in the regular season, they were at +67. So, you can’t deny their power in the offense. They might still be a young team, but a tough one to beat for sure.
Having the home field advantage seems to bring much benefit to the Golden Knights. They went 25-1-2 during the regular season. So far, they haven’t lost a home game during the playoffs since Game 5 from the Round 1 series against the Minnesota Wild. With a full capacity crowd behind them, who wouldn’t feel confident, especially during this stage of the tournament.
Canadiens vs. Golden Knights Betting Trends
- The Canadiens are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games.
- The Canadiens are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against Vegas.
- The totals went under in 5 of Montreal’s last 7 games.
- The Golden Knights are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games.
- The Golden Knights are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home.
- The totals went under in 4 of Vegas’ last 6 games.
Canadiens vs. Golden Knights Expert Betting Predictions
The Canadiens have been a surprise, no doubt. But if we look back at the previous rounds, both those teams were Canadian as well. And both those teams weren’t that spectacular this season. Did that have any effect on the Habs heading into this round? Probably. Looking on the other side of the ice, the Golden Knights have a groove going and are not strangers being in this stage of the game. It looks like another crazy night in Sin City. We’ll just have to wait and see tonight.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.