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#69 Vegas
Golden Knights -130
#70 Montreal
Canadiens 5.5

Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 7:05pm

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Vegas Golden Knights

7 - 9


Montreal Canadiens

8 - 8


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Vegas Golden Knights at Montreal Canadiens

When and Where: Saturday, Nov. 10, Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, 7:05 p.m. EST.

The Vegas Golden Knights look to win back-to-back games for just the second time this season as their four-game road swing continues Saturay night in Montreal versus the Canadiens.

VGK erupts for season high in goals in win over Ottawa

The defending Western Conference champions have struggled to put together long stretches of the solid play that helped the Golden Knights rack up 51 wins and 109 points en route to the Stanley Cup final in their inaugural season.

Vegas is in sixth place in a fiercely competitive Pacific Division, and its 38 goals are third-fewest in the league — ahead of only Florida (37) and Los Angeles (33).

But the Golden Knights have a spring in their step after recording a season high in their 5-3 victory at Ottawa on Thursday night. Will Carrier scored the go-ahead goal with 10:44 to play, and fellow fourth-liner Pierre Edouard-Bellemare added an insurance marker with eight minutes to play.

Vegas’ power play scored more than one goal for the first time this season, cashing in both its chances in the first period through Jonathan Marchessault and Shea Theodore. The Golden Knights are 8 for 37 with the man advantage in their last 10 games after failing to convert on 16 opportunities in the first six.

While William Karlsson recorded his team-high eighth assist on Theodore’s tally, the 43-goal scorer from last season has just three this campaign and has gone six games without a goal.

Coach Gerard Gallant has yet to name a starter, but it is expected Quebec native Marc-Andre Fleury will be between the pipes. He turned aside 27 shots to beat the Senators and improve to 3-4-0 with a 2.73 goals-against average on the road this season.

Fleury is 22-12-3 with a 2.98 GAA versus the Canadiens and beat them in his only matchup last season, stopping 30 shots in a 6-3 home win. He is 9-5-2 in 16 lifetime starts in Montreal, posting a 5-2-1 record in the last eight.

Habs look to regroup behind Domi

Montreal (8-5-3) has lost back-to-back contests, but at least took one point from its most recent defeat — a 6-5 overtime loss to Buffalo on Thursday night.

Max Domi continued his torrid run with three assists, but the Canadiens squandered a 5-4 lead early in the third period before Carey Price was beaten by Rasmus Ristolainen 1:38 into the extra period.

Domi has four goals and four assists during a five-game point streak and has registered a point in 11 of his last 12 games. He has already matched his goal output for all of last season with nine and leads the Habs with 19 points.

The loss, though, was quickly forgotten Friday when the teams put veteran Tomas Plekanec on waivers to give him his unconditional release, with the forward saying he was retiring from the NHL. The 36-year-old Plekanec, who played his 1,000th NHL game Oct. 15, appeared in just three contests this season due to a back injury and had one assist.

A third-round pick by Montreal in 2001, Plekanec spent all but 17 games of his 15-year career with the Canadiens, finishing with 233 goals and 373 assists for Montreal. He had seven 20-goal seasons, including a career-best 29 in 2007-08.

Canadiens coach Claude Julien said Antti Niemi would be between the pipes for this contest. The backup will make his fifth start of the season and is 3-1-0 with a 3.13 GAA and .893 save percentage. Niemi, though, was chased in his only start against the Golden Knights, giving up three goals on six shots in the first 9:51. He avoided a loss when the Canadiens scored their final goal of the 6-3 loss with 11:16 remaining.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

Sometimes games are all about momentum, and right now the Golden Knights appear to have it while the Canadiens do not. Hanging on to win at Ottawa the way Vegas did — blowing a three-goal lead before recovering — could be a springboard to get back to the team’s good habits, and the chance to guarantee a split of its road trip here makes the Golden Knights good value for the money.

Prediction: Pick: Vegas -110

Full-Game Total Pick

There have been seven or more goals scored in four of Montreal’s last five games and in three of Vegas’ last six. Additionally, the goaltenders for last season’s 6-3 win in Vegas will be between the pipes again, and the expectation is the teas will get to at least six goals and hit the over.

Prediction: Pick: OVER 5.5 goals -115

Half-Time Side Pick

There is plenty of temptation to take the Golden Knights and the money line at -115, but while Montreal has struggled to defend in the first period, giving up 10 first-period goals in its last five games, it has also scored seven times in that stretch. Vegas has five first-period goals in his last five games and clearly preferred, but the half-goal makes it a conservative and better play.

Prediction: Pick: Vegas +0.5 (-215)

Half-Time Total Bet

This is the better in-game play, with Montreal’s first-period fire-wagon style explained above. The Golden Knights have four first-period goals in their last four road games after tallying just once in their first five, and also have given up six first-period goals in their nine games outside Las Vegas.

Prediction: Pick: OVER 1.5 goals -120

Chris Altruda (@AlTruda73)

A 1994 graduate of Marquette University when they were known as the Warriors and Brooklyn native, Chris Altruda is a freelance sportswriter based in Chicago. He has worked at three major U.S. wire services and also has prior experience in sports handicapping and daily fantasy roster building. Now that the Cubs have won a World Series, he holds out hope the Jets will win a Super Bowl before he dies. Can be followed on Twitter at @AlTruda73.


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