Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-06-14 12:17:52 –
Las Vegas (AP) — Montreal Canadiens and its rich history prepare to face NHL’s emerging Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup semifinals between the league’s oldest and newest teams.
Montreal set the worst record in 16 playoff qualifiers before Toronto and Winnipeg took the final team in Canada.
The Canadiens have won seven straight stretches like never before.
Las Vegas will be in the third semifinal in four years of history.
The Golden Knights are considered a favorite with 16 wins and 23 points more than this season’s Montreal. Game 1 of the series will take place on Monday night in Las Vegas.
Montreal Canadiens (24-21-11, 4th in the North during the regular season) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (40-14-2, 2nd in the West during the regular season)
Game time is 6:00 pm PT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Golden Knights-274, Canadians +224; Over / Under is 5.5
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Bottom Line: Vegas Golden Knights will host the Montreal Canadiens to open the Nhl Finals. The team will meet on Monday for the first time this season.
The final regular season match at the Golden Knights is 21-5-2 at home. Vegas is eighth in the NHL, with 32.7 shots per game and an average of 3.4 goals.
The Canadiens are 11-10-7 on the road. Montreal is 24th in the NHL, with 31.2 shots per game and an average of 2.8 goals.
Top Performer: Shea Theodore leads the Golden Knights with a plus 28 in 53 games this season. Jonathan Marchesaw has five goals and two assists in the last 10 games in Las Vegas.
Tyler Toffoli led the Canadians with 44 points, scoring 28 goals and 16 assists. Nick Suzuki has four goals and four assists in the last 10 games in Montreal.
During the playoffs: Golden Knights: Average 3.1 goals, 5.2 assists, 3.0 penalties, 8.2 penalties, 2.4 goals per game, .908 save rate.
Canadiens: Average 2.6 goals, 4.1 assists, 3.3 penalties, 7.6 penalties, 2.2 goals per game, .929 save rate.
Injuries: Golden Knights: Peyton Krebs: Out (upper body), Tomache Massarik: Daily (private).
Canadians: Jon Merrill: Out (private), Geoff Petrie: Daily (private), Jake Evans: Out (concussion), Thomas Tatar: Daily (private).