Vegas Golden Knights vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction, 6/18/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (+125) Canadiens (-145)
Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (40-14-2) are headed to Bell Centre on Friday where they'll take on the Montreal Canadiens (24-21-11). The Canadiens open this matchup at -145 while the Golden Knights are coming in at +125. The O/U has been set at 5.5.
The Golden Knights will look to clean up some issues after taking a 3-2 defeat to the Canadiens in Game 2. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 59.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 92.6 in this game. They tallied 23 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 32 opportunities to win the face-off. Their Fenwick came in at 41 and the Fenwick against finished at 28, giving them a Fenwick rate of 59.4%. The Corsi for the Golden Knights sat at 63 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 46 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 57.8%. Vegas accounted for 4 penalty mins in this matchup. Moreover, they had 2 chances with extra men on the ice but weren't able to score a goal. The Golden Knights had a below average offensive performance in this loss. In the outing, they converted 2 out of the 31 shots they attempted.
The Golden Knights have had 1,527 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .920. At even strength, the Golden Knights have allowed the opponent to score 103 goals while earning 159 themselves. Vegas Golden Knights opponents have earned 144 power play tries (27th in the NHL) and have racked up 19 goals in those attempts. For the year, they have earned 82 points and their points percentage is sitting at .732. Vegas has taken 1,829 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 10.4%. In reference to their scoring, the Vegas Golden Knights have notched 190 goals (3rd in the National Hockey League) for the year and have conceded 122. Vegas steps onto the ice with 174 power play opportunities and they have notched 31 goals during those advantages, giving them a rate of 17.82%.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury has participated in 883 games over the course of his hockey career. He has compiled a record of Career and he was named the starter in 727 games. The opposition has scored 2,169 goals against Fleury in his career and his goals against average per game is 2.55. Fleury has had 24,996 shots taken against him and has garnered 22,827 saves. His save percentage sits at .913 during his 51,104 mins played. Over the course of his time in hockey, Fleury has tallied 403 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .554.
In their Game 2 win, Montreal had 1 power play opportunity in this outing but weren't able to score a goal. The Canadiens had 3 goals out of the 23 shots on goal they were seeking. Their PDO was 107 and their percentage of oZS was 41.0%. Montreal wrapped up this game with a 42.2% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Montreal played and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either. Their Fenwick rate was 40.6% by amassing a Fenwick of 28 and the Golden Knights finishing with a 41 Fenwick.
During this campaign, the Montreal Canadiens have accumulated 158 goals, 59 points, as well as a points percentage of .527. They have allowed 165 goals to be scored by of a combination of 128 goals at even strength and 37 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Canadiens have earned 129 goals at even strength and 29 goals (22nd in the NHL) while on the power play. They have earned 151 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 19.21%. Montreal has taken 1,746 shots (7th in the league) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 9.05%, while allowing their opponents 1,579 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 78.49% on their oppositions 172 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage currently comes in at 89.6%.
For the opposition you will find Carey Price between the pipes. Price is sitting with a lifetime record of Career and has been in goal for 707 contests. Price's quality start percentage comes out to 57.4% and he has 399 quality starts in his pro hockey career. He is sitting with 19,174 stops out of 20,911 shots taken against him, giving him a percentage of .917. His opponents are averaging 2.50 goals per contest and he has surrendered 1,737 goals overall. He has made the start in 695 contests and has played 41,707 minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Vegas (+125)
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