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#69 Vegas Golden Knights -125 vs.
#70 Montreal Canadiens 5.5
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:05pm EST
Bell Centre, Montreal
Written by Valdis Pans

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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 Debut

The 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.

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 Philadelphia

The 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.

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The Golden Knights have not had the best of times lately, winning just one of their last five outings. The win, though, happened in their very last fixture, with the team beating the Ottawa Senators with a count of 4-2 in Canada’s capital. Vegas will be looking to perform in the same vein when visiting the Canadiens, who have beaten the Knights in four of their last five meetings. The Habs, though, have struggled on home ice lately, notching just three victories in their previous 16 domestic outings, and are 1-7 in their last eight games played on Saturdays. Bank on Vegas to win its second straight fixture here!

Prediction: Vegas Golden Knights (-130)

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The very last four contests between the Golden Knights and the Canadiens have all been high-scoring affairs, with an average of 8.50 strikes netted per game. So, another goal-fest is definitely not out of the question when it comes to this particular fixture. Six of the last nine road contests of the Canadiens have already finished on the high-scoring side, averaging 8.17 snipes per matchup, while the past six outings of the Golden Knights, following a win, have all gone over the total.

Prediction: Over 5.5
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Written By Valdis Pans

Valdis got his first ever article published when he was 13, and has rarely stopped. He has worked for FHM, MTV Baltics and has done loads of freelance (from columns for Cosmopolitan magazine to helping with organization of Macy Gray's shows in the Northern Europe). Speaks five different languages, loves pizza, American Horror Story and pipe organ music, and knows European soccer better than dates of his family members' birthdays. Is an avid fan of ice-hockey too. He is a Latvian after all...