9:12 pm
June 14

Canadiens @ Golden Knights

Who will WIN this matchup?

Montreal Canadiens (24-21-11)

@ Vegas Golden Knights (40-14-2)


Starting Goalies:

Carey Price (MON): Unconfirmed

Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK): Likely


Current odds:

Montreal Canadiens: (+225)

Vegas Golden Knights: (-275)


The National Hockey League’s most iconic franchise faces the glitzy new kids on the block Monday night in Las Vegas when the Montreal Canadiens open a best-of-seven Stanley Cup semifinal series with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Montreal has claimed 24 Stanley Cups in its storied history. The Golden Knights, playing their fourth season in the game-show atmosphere of T-Mobile Arena, have advanced to the NHL’s version of the Final Four for the third time in its four seasons in their quest to hoist the Cup for the first time.

Vegas, which eliminated President’s Trophy winner Colorado in six games in the second round of the West Division, is a substantial favorite: The Knights are a +105 favorite by DraftKings to win the Stanley Cup while Montreal, a surprise winner in the North Division, has the longest odds at +900. Vegas Insider has the Canadiens at +1000.

All of which suits Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme just fine. “I personally like to prove people wrong,” Ducharme said, whose team has won seven playoff games in a row. So far, so good. Montreal, which finished the regular season fourth in the North with just 59 points and a minus-9 goal differential, rallied from a 3-1 deficit to stun No. 1 seed Toronto in the first round and followed that with a four-game sweep of the third-seeded Winnipeg Jets in the second round.

Goaltender Carey Price, who has started all 11 playoff games for the Canadiens, has led the way with a 1.97 goals-against and .935 save percentage and one shutout.

Vegas, which led the NHL with 40 victories and a +67 goal differential, needed seven games to eliminate the Minnesota Wild in the first round and then had to bounce back from a 2-0 deficit in the second round by winning four consecutive games to oust Colorado.

Still, Knights coach Peter DeBoer said it would be a mistake to assume Vegas should cruise past Montreal based on regular-season records. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two teams haven’t played since Jan. 18, 2020, when the Canadiens defeated the Golden Knights, 5-4, in a shootout in Montreal in DeBoer’s second game after taking over for Gerard Gallant.

StreakSmarter Pick
Vegas Golden Knights