The Montreal Canadiens will be looking to rebound from their series-opening loss to Vegas when they hit the ice for Game 2 of their Stanley Cup playoff semifinal clash with the Golden Knights on Wednesday night as +220 road underdogs on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Montreal saw a seven-game win streak come to a screeching halt with Monday's 4-1 loss, which also marked the first time the team had trailed an opponent in eight games going into Wednesday night's matchup at T-Mobile Arena.
The Canadiens now face the daunting task of bouncing back against a red-hot Golden Knights team that is riding a five-game win streak on home ice. Not surprisingly, the Canadiens have plummeted on the NHL playoffs series prices, where they are now set as +650 underdogs to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1993. Already trailing the pack entering the semifinals, Montreal has also seen its position on the Stanley Cup odds fade further in the wake of its Game 1 defeat, dipping to a distant +1500.
Injuries have not helped the Canadiens' cause. The team felt the absence of its top defenceman Jeff Petry in Game 1. The second highest point-getter for the Canadiens during the regular season, Petry has missed two games since suffering a hand injury in the second round. And while Petry is expected to be a game-time decision for Game 2, it remains unclear how much his ability to carry the puck will be impacted by the injury.
Flying high following Monday night's victory, the Golden Knights look to Game 2 as strong -270 home favourites at online betting sites. The Golden Knights have steadily gained momentum as the postseason has progressed; in addition to its current winning streak on home ice, the team has also won its past five games overall.
Vegas has been effective at both ends of the ice during its current surge, which began with four straight wins over the Colorado Avalanche. The team has averaged 4.20 goals per game during its current tear. In addition, Vegas has been able to lean on netminder Marc-Andre Fleury, who has surrendered just nine total goals over that stretch, and now leads the way as a +120 betting favourite on the odds to win the Conn Smythe Trophy at sportsbooks.