Canadiens vs Golden Knights Odds, Betting Lines, Picks & Preview for NHL Playoffs Game 3 on FanDuel Sportsbook

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Canadiens vs Golden Knights NHL Game 3 Info

NHL Playoffs Game 3 (Series Tied 1-1)
Montreal Canadiens (24-21-11) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (40-14-2)
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021
Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: Centre Bell

Canadiens vs Golden Knights Odds, Total and Moneyline

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Moneyline: Canadiens +134 | Golden Knights -158
Spread:
Canadiens +1.5 (-220) | Golden Knights -1.5 (+180)
Total:
5.5 – Over +122 | Under -150
Odds to win Stanley Cup:
Canadiens +950 | Golden Knights +135

Canadiens vs Golden Knights Predictions and Picks

  • Canadiens moneyline +134

Montreal Canadiens vs Vegas Golden Knights News, Analysis, and Picks

The Montreal Canadiens have been effective at shutting down some pretty efficient offenses this postseason, and that's continued into their semifinal matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights. Montreal is fresh off two dominant performances as the visitors, and they'll get a big boost returning to their friendly confines for Game 3.

Nobody has been able to break through the Habs defensive zone coverage. Montreal has limited their opponents to 10 or fewer high-danger chances in seven straight games, which spans all the way back to their opening-round matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Other than one 26 attempt outburst by the Winnipeg Jets, the Habs have been equally efficient at limiting their opponents' scoring chances. Opponents have been limited to 20 or fewer scoring chances at five-on-five in the other six games over the seven-game sample. 

Their averages over that span have been outstanding, limiting their opponents to 6.7 high-danger chances and 18.7 scoring opportunities. Efficiency has been the name of the game at both ends of the ice for the Habs. They continue to put up impressive offensive efforts without compromising their defensive coverage. The Canadiens have attempted 11 or more high-danger chances at five-on-five in four of their last five games and 24 or more scoring chances in three of four. Their cohesive efforts have resulted in an expected goals-for percentage above 50% in six straight games at five-on-five and seven straight games across all strengths.

The Golden Knights missed their opportunity to pad their series lead early. The Knights won Game 1, despite getting outplayed, with their luck running out in Game 2. Now, they head out onto the road, where they have been much less effective this postseason. Vegas has out-chanced their opponents in high-danger chances just once this postseason while getting out-possessed, out-shot, and out-chanced in scoring opportunities in four of six. This has impacted the Knights' output, as they have scored just six goals over their last three road games.

Vegas couldn't breakthrough with home-ice advantage, and it's not likely the Knights will be more successful on the road, where their metrics have suffered. The Habs are home underdogs, despite getting the better of the Knights in the first two games of the series. Maybe Montreal gets more respect in Game 4, but we'll take them at an attractive price in Game 3.


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