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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Montreal Canadiens – NHL Playoffs Game 3 Odds and Picks

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Montreal Canadiens – NHL Playoffs Game 3 Odds

Anyone that thought the Vegas Golden Knights would steamroll the Montreal Canadiens is having second thoughts.  The Canadiens were the better club in a game two 3-2 win.  In fact, the game wasn’t as close as the score indicated.  Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge had the Golden Knights out of sorts all game.   Throughout the game, the Habs carried much of the play.  Indeed, Montreal was the more fundamentally sound and structured team.  Further, Vegas was off track all night, committing numerous mistakes.  Now, this NHL betting series heads to Montreal for game three.

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Montreal Canadiens – Game 3 Betting Information

Date: Friday, June 18, 2021
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
TV Coverage: USA Network

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Montreal Canadiens Betting Odds

Golden Knights -1½ ( +170 ) 5 ( -135 ) -160
Canadiens +1½ ( -200 ) 5 ( +115 ) +140
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Vegas Golden Knights at Montreal Canadiens CashBet Wagering Analysis

At the beginning of the series, Vegas opened as an insane -550 online sportsbook odds favorite over Montreal.  So too, were the Golden Knights were a -238 bankroll buster in their game two loss. But VGK still commands the belief of most gamblers for game three.  So Montreal is getting an attractive underdog price as a live underdog with bite.  But Vegas is getting an equally substantial discount as the quality road team.

Although Vegas outshot the Canadiens 31-23 in game two, that stat is deceptive as the quality chances favored Montreal.  Montreal goaltender Carey Price stopped 29 Vegas shots for the win.  By contrast, Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was not sharp.  The Flower allowed three goals on 23 shots.

An important lesson from game one of the second round of the playoffs is ignored by most gamblers.  Vegas dropped their first two games at Colorado, including a 7-1 blowout in game one.  As a result, the Avalanche have crowned Stanley Cup champions.  Yet, Vegas rallied to win the next four games and the series. So when Montreal lost game one at Vegas 4-1, they, too, were declared dead.  But that is no longer the case.

A Not So Golden Knight in Game 2

The betting on NHL strength of Vegas is its ability to roll four lines without any concerns about a drop of quality.  Accordingly, Vegas draws goal scoring from a wide variety of sources.  Six Golden Knights players have scored at least four goals in the postseason.  Additionally, Vegas goalie Marc Andre Fleury has been outstanding for most of the playoffs.  To illuminate, The Flower has a .923 save percentage, 1.92 goals against average, and one shutout.

Montreal Develops Winning Playoff Hab-it

Namely, the Canadiens bring the ultimate pro hockey betting asset with goaltender Carey Price.  So far in the playoffs, Price has a dominant .930 save percentage, 2.14 goals against average, and one shutout.  Price was said to be past his prime for the past couple of seasons.  However, the real issue is that he lacked a capable supporting cast.

This past offseason, general manager Marc Bergevin built a roster with playoff success in mind. Instead, an inconsistent regular season had fans screaming for Bergevin’s head.  Montreal had the worst record of any playoff team.  Now the playoffs are revealing Bergevin’s vision and blueprint.

Vegas Golden Knights at Montreal Canadiens Against the Spread

Overall, Vegas is 5-3 in their last eight away games.  The Golden Knights are 1-5 under the hockey betting total on the road.  Montreal got the cash in six of their previous ten home games.  While the Canadiens are 1-4 to the under at home.

To summarize, Montreal has won six of its eight games against Vegas. However, only two of those eight games stayed under the total.  And then Vegas is 0-3 at Montreal.  The Canadiens and Golden Knights are 2-1 to the over at Bell Centre

Vegas Golden Knights at Montreal Canadiens CashBet Free Pick  

In this situation, the Golden Knights will be mentally ready and respectful of Montreal.  Vegas is getting a good NHL gambling price break in this spot.

Golden Knights at Canadiens CashBet Best Bet: 

Vegas Golden Knights


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