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Neither team’s highest-paid stars have really shone in this series thus far. The Vegas Golden Knights are anxiously awaiting Mark Stone to show up, while Montreal is still waiting on pins and needles for Brendan Gallager to get going too.
One of them will need to bring it now though because each of these clubs is running short of time with the series tied at two.
Home ice advantage hasn’t been very advantageous in this series. Aside from game one, there hasn’t really been a clear-cut winner.
We like game five to go the distance and if this tilt goes according to our script and heads to overtime, the payout will be pretty sweet.
|Take the tie!|
|Montreal Canadiens vs Vegas Golden Knights Game Information|
|Teams||Montreal vs Vegas|
|Location||T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV|
|Time||June 22, 2020 9:00pm EST|
|How to watch||NBC Sports, Sportsnet|
This series has pretty much had everything you could ask for in playoff hockey. You’ve had some tremendous goaltending. Some huge goals. Some thrilling OT moments and now you’ve got a tied series with basically everything on the line.
Game five is going to be absolutely massive in terms of momentum.
These two teams have alternated wins all the way through, so if one of them can change the script now, it could be all she wrote come Thursday.
Of course, we’re using a cheesy pun to talk about the Montreal Canadiens’ chances in game five.
Yes, it comes down to Carey Price, who will have to stand on his head. Again, though, the cost of living must also contain the plan B heroes of this team.
It’s been the second, third and fourth line guys that have been contributing night in and night out for this club and that cannot change now.
Until Brendan Gallagher (zero points this series) and Shea Weber (zero points this series) turn up, it’s going to need to stay as the Paul Byron and Josh Anderson show.
Not that Josh Anderson really falls into that “backup guy” role, but the point is valid.
The guys in the shadows will need to continue to contribute because it’s continually catching Vegas off their feet.
Now, on top of that, we can all expect a barrage of shots out of the Vegas Golden Knights.
This team was all over Montreal in game one because they loaded up the net and the crease. You can expect a continued closeup attack in this one which puts the onus on Carey Price and the Montreal D to clear the trash early and often.
Much like Montreal, the Golden Knights have had a hard time finding production from their marquee names as well.
Between Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, and William Karlsson, you’ll find five assists in this series and zero goals. The assist number isn’t the worst, but the fact they’ve all gone goalless four games into a conference final is a little alarming.
We’ve seen a goaltending change already between the Vegas pipes because a lead wasn’t built and Marc Andre-Fleury was left out to dry.
That game three between the legs goal didn’t help his case much, mind you. Nonetheless, though, an early lead would’ve made all the difference and Vegas has had a lot of trouble in that department since the series opener.
If the Golden Knights can get Montreal playing their game and load up the Habs crease with chances again, they’ve got a great shot at taking a stranglehold on this series. The pressure in that strategy though will fall on the shoulders of their offensive stars. If they don’t show up, the underdogs may be laughing on Tuesday night.
The Montreal Canadiens have won seven of their last nine as underdogs.
The Vegas Golden Knights, on the other hand, have taken 38 of their last 51 against a losing record team.
Meanwhile, head-to-head, the UNDER has hit in three of these two club’s last five games.
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