Face-off: 2200 ET, 20/01/2022
Venue: T-Mobile Arena
Montreal had the bookies laughing all the way to the bank when winning at Dallas on Tuesday but we’re looking to recoup those losses with a Vegas victory here.
The Golden Knights prevailed 5-2 when these teams met in Canada earlier this season and will be fired up for the rematch after a sticky run of results.
We’re siding with Vegas to oblige by exactly three goals again at 4.1 in the first of our NHL predictions at T-Mobile Arena.
Vegas Golden Knights Odds
Vegas could definitely do with a boost after winning just one of their last six matches, all played at home, but they have had a tough schedule.
Monday’s 5-3 loss to red-hot Pittsburgh at this venue came in a bizarre manner, with the Golden Knights having been 3-0 up at the end of the opening period.
“You don’t want to lose at home,” said captain Mark Stone. “We pride ourselves on being a good home team.
“It’s been a tough stretch for us against good teams, but you’ve got to find a way to get points. We’ve got a little soul-searching to do.”
Head coach Peter DeBoer has issued a rallying cry to his players, as the Pacific Division leaders look to get back on track.
“Every team in the league is going to blow a 3-0 lead at some point in the season,” he declared. “The key is, what do you learn from it?”
During this tough spell, the Golden Knights did take Winnipeg and Toronto into overtime, only lost by the odd goal to Nashville and romped to a 5-1 victory over the New York Rangers.
If they can just hold their nerve, we like NHL odds now facing inferior opponents.
Montreal Canadiens Odds
Montreal awoke from the slumber of winning just once in 13 outings when upsetting Dallas 5-3 on the road.
Christian Dvorak netted twice for the Canadiens, while Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist on his return from injury.
However, the real hero was Sam Montembeault, who made 48 saves for an NHL career high.
“He played unbelievable,” said forward Nick Suzuki. “He had some huge saves. He probably won the game for us.
“He was diving across everywhere making acrobatic saves. He was definitely the first star of the game for us.”
That triumph was followed by the news that Kent Hughes will be the club’s new general manager, as they embark on a huge rebuilding process.
Montreal still have a whole host of issues at present, though, and we fear that surprise success versus the Stars will prove a false dawn.
Only one team has conceded more goals in the third period than the Canadiens, who also have the second-worst scoring record in that section, with 27 netted and 50 conceded.
Vegas are ranked third in terms of goals for in the closing stanza with 50 and will be determined to make up for the collapse against Pittsburgh.
All that makes 3.25 for the hosts to outscore their visitors by over 1.5 goals in P3 worth adding to our Vegas Golden Knights vs Montreal Canadiens predictions.
VEGAS 3-5 Pittsburgh
Dallas 3-5 MONTREAL
Head-to-head: Montreal 2-5 Vegas
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