Having ended a four-game losing run with a victory in Ottawa, the Vegas Golden Knights (4th in Pacific Division) are about to pay a visit to the Montreal Canadiens (6th in Atlantic), who have beaten them on four of the past five occasions…
Knights Win In DeBoer DebutThe current eight-date road trip of the Vegas Golden Knights (25-19-6) went 1-1-0 following the first two fixtures after the team followed up Tuesday’s 4-2 defeat to the Buffalo Sabres with a 4-2 beat-down of the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday. Paul Stastny (13 goals, 23 points this year), Mark Stone (17 goals, 45 points), Chandler Stephenson (9 goals, 16 points) and Ryan Reaves (6 goals, 9 points) all lit the lamp for Vegas, with ex-San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer winning his debut as the coach of the Knights. Prior to the victory, Vegas had dropped four straight decisions (0-4-0). The team is 11-9-3 when playing on the road.
🎥 DeBoer: I'm just getting to know the players, but they're asking a lot of good questions. I thought they worked hard today and I was excited to be out there with them. pic.twitter.com/WXAGycyqOh— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) January 17, 2020
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury turned away 32 shots in Ottawa to tie Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) for the 5th place in NHL history with 458 triumphs. Fleury is 19-11-3 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.82 GAA and a .907 save percentage, and has posted a 22-13-5 previous total against the Montreal Canadiens with a 3.10 GAA and a .898 save percentage. The Golden Knights, meanwhile, are sitting 13th in most goals scored per game (3.04), 15th in least goals allowed on average (3.02), 8th in power play (21.9%) and 21st in penalty kill (78.8%).
Habs Triumph In PhiladelphiaThe Montreal Canadiens (21-21-7) won for the third time in their last four contests (3-1-0) after notching a 4-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday following a 4-1 defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks at Bell Centre just 23-and-a-half hours prior. Phillip Danault (12 goals, 35 points this year) and Tomas Tatar (17 goals, 43 points) collected a snipe and three assists each throughout the duo of games, as the Habs have now gone 3-8-1 in their last 12 overall fixtures. The team is 9-12-4 when playing on own ice so far this season.
Goalie Carey Price, who made 40 saves in Philadelphia, is set to start versus Vegas, having recorded a 1-1-0 past tally against the Golden Knights with a 3.23 GAA and a .889 save percentage. He has picked up a 19-16-4 total for the current season with a 2.82 GAA and a .909 save percentage. The Canadiens, meanwhile, are netting the 15th lowest quantity of goals per game (3.02), while conceding the 11th highest amount in their defensive zone (3.10). They are 13th in power play with a 20.7% conversion rate and 22nd in penalty kill with 78.6% efficiency.
Vegas (according to Covers.com)
Montreal (according to Covers.com)
- Canadiens are 1-7 in their last 8 Saturday games.
- Canadiens are 3-13 in their last 16 home games.