Golden Knights vs Canadiens Odds, Betting Lines, Picks & Preview for NHL Playoffs Game 2 on FanDuel Sportsbook

Montreal Canadiens v Vegas Golden Knights - Game One
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Golden Knights vs Canadiens NHL Game 2 Info

NHL Playoffs Game 2 (Golden Knights Lead 1-0)
Vegas Golden Knights (40-14-2) vs. Montreal Canadiens (24-21-11)
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Time: 9:00 pm EST
Venue: T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, NV

Golden Knights vs Canadiens Odds, Moneyline and Total

All Golden Knights-Canadiens odds are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: Golden Knights -255 | Canadiens +210
Golden Knights -1.5 (+114) | Canadiens +1.5 (-137)
5.5 Over +122 | Under -150
Odds to win :
Golden Knights +105 | Canadiens +1800

Golden Knights vs Canadiens Predictions and Picks

  • 60-minute tie +340
  • Canadiens moneyline: +210

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

It's easy to retrospectively look at the betting line and point to the score to validate that the Vegas Golden Knights were the better team and the right side to be on. However, the advanced metrics support that the Montreal Canadiens were the better team in Monday night's affair, and that's reflected in the current betting line, as the price on the Habs has come down since Game 1.

Montreal posted an expected goals-for percentage above 50.0% at five-on-five and across all strengths. Out-playing the Golden Knights is noteworthy for a couple of reasons. First, the Habs had fewer powerplays than the Knights did, giving them less time with the man-advantage to increase their expected goals-for percentage. Second, it validates that the Habs effectively shut down the Knights' elite powerplay, as they allowed three shots over four powerplays. Lastly, Vegas has been a tough out at home all postseason, and the Habs got the better of them.

The Knights currently have an expected goals-for percentage of 54.9% across all strengths this postseason, and they finished the regular season with the third-best rating at 55.7%. Montreal will be satisfied with their effort, even if they didn't get the outcome in Game 1.

Monday night's contest perpetuated some concerning metrics from the Golden Knights. That game was the third straight outing in which Knights' opponents attempted 13 or more high-danger chances and the fifth time in seven games that they gave up 11 or more. Overall, the Knights give up an average of 11.3 high-danger chances over that span and have been out-chanced in five of seven games.

Those porous defensive efforts have kept Marc-Andre Fleury busy, and he's responded with some key saves over those seven games by stopping 88.7% of shots from high-danger areas. However, his stats haven't come close to being Conn Smythe-worthy. Fleury has stopped 92.0% of shots over his last seven starts, bringing his postseason save percentage below his regular-season average. If anything, Fleury has exhausted his puck luck, as his high-danger save percentage is well above his regular-season average and should be expected to come down to normal ranges.

The Golden Knights have been outplayed in three straight games, yet they have won all three. With Fleury due for a correction, we could see the Habs tally a few goals in Game 2. That leaves an edge in backing the Habs tonight, although this one could very well get sorted out in overtime.

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