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Golden Knights vs Canadiens Odds, Picks and How to Bet Game 6 – Montreal on Brink of Stanley Cup Final Berth

Chris Wassel

by Chris Wassel in NHL Hockey

Jun 23, 2021 · 4:43 PM PDT

Nick Suzuki raising stick after goal scored
Montreal Canadiens center Nick Suzuki (14) celebrates his empty net goal as Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) skates by during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
  • The Golden Knights and Canadiens play Game 6 on Thursday, June 24th (8pm ET)
  • Montreal won 4-1 in Vegas as Carey Price stopped 26  of 27 shots
  • Read below for the odds, game preview, and betting pick

The Golden Knights and Canadiens continue their best-of-seven series. Game 6 will be played on Thursday, June 24th (8pm ET) at Bell Centre and will be broadcast on USA Network.

Vegas is currently listed as a solid -148 road favorite to force a seventh game back in Vegas.

Can Montreal find a way to stun Vegas one more time and advance to the Stanley Cup Final?

Golden Knights vs Canadiens Game 6 Odds

Team Moneyline at DraftKings Puckline Total
Vegas Golden Knights -148 -1.5 (+185) O 5 (-136)
Montreal Canadiens +124 +1.5 (-230) U 5 (+112)

Odds as of June 23rd

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Montreal Buoyed by the Kids

Vegas generated more scoring chances in Game 5 and way more high-danger chances than in Game 4. The Golden Knights were held to zero high-danger chances in Game 4 before overtime.

It was the type of game Montreal dominated and should have won. Game 5 was considerably more even but again, the Canadiens took advantage during the bigger junctures of the contest.

Montreal had all eight of their high-danger chances in the first 40 minutes on Wednesday night in Vegas. Nick Suzuki was the main benefactor as he had a goal and two assists on the night — including the empty-net goal which sealed the Golden Knights’ fate.

That is some historic company right there. Overall, Suzuki leads the young Montreal triumvirate with 13 points (five goals, eight assists). Jesperi Kotkaniemi has five goals as well. Cole Caufield now has eight points. The trio of young players are all 21 or younger and have bright futures, to say the least.

The way Montreal took a 3-0 lead was easy. They took advantage of the chances created. According to Natural Stats Trick, Montreal generated 12 scoring chances in the first two periods (eight were of the high-danger variety). The Canadiens may not get many chances all the time but more often than not, they are prime opportunities.

There was something else, and that was the play of Carey Price and THIS!

Price had the look and appearance of a warrior ready for battle. He played amazingly well, controlled rebounds, handled the puck, and stayed calm. The most important thing about Price’s game these playoffs is that peacefulness. This was not there during the regular season.

He held the fort, stopping 26 of 27 shots including several huge saves in the third period to preserve the multiple-goal lead.

Can Vegas Force a Game 7?

For one, Vegas must stop playing around the perimeter. When seven of a team’s 11 goals are scored by the defense, something is very much wrong. Max Pacioretty finally scored a goal in the series late in Game 5 and that was because he fanned on the shot.

There was no rally in Vegas this time. They did not even get to within one goal. Vegas could not come back like in Game 4. They did not get the bounces. Price thwarted them when there were better chances.

Furthermore, Vegas is now 0-for-13 on the power play in the series. Other than a few posts hit, the Golden Knights were not even close in Game 5 up until the Pacioretty goal.

Alex Pietrangelo has played well in this series but where has Shea Theodore been? It does make one wonder if he is playing injured in some way.

Maybe that was the one thing that spoke the most in volumes and illustrated how much trouble Vegas is in. Besides their top-nine forwards disappearing, Theodore has as well.

Golden Knights vs Canadiens Series Odds

Team Odds at DraftKings
Vegas Golden Knights +165
Montreal Canadiens -200

Best Bet

The Golden Knights incredibly are a road favorite yet again for Game 6. It boils down to getting to the front of the net. Too often, Vegas just cannot get their chances or pucks to go there. When they do, Price and the defense answer the call.

Montreal has come a long, long way.

The Canadiens have kept finding a way. They are our pick on the moneyline to close things out Thursday night.

Pick: Canadiens Moneyline (+124)

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