The Stanley Cup semi-finals have exceeded expectations — and for the best reasons possible. So it’s no surprise Sunday’s Game 4 between the Canadiens and Golden Knights promises to pack a heavy punch.
Here’s a look at the odds for Sunday’s matchup and who you should put your money on.
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Las Vegas Golden Knights (-154) at Montreal Canadiens (+124)
It’s no secret the Golden Knights have rebounded from slow starts to emerge victorious throughout the postseason. Despite being outscored 15-8 in first periods, they’ve usually maintained confidence in coming from behind and winning.
However, those sloppy opening frames have come to cost Vegas dearly and have aided in them trailing the Canadiens in the current series two games to one.
The Golden Knights have the ability to rebound and will likely tie the series back up on Sunday.
Well, as long as they get off to a good start and don’t give Montreal a chance to run away with the game early.
Vegas bench boss Peter DeBoer summarized it best after Game 2: Now is not the time to let the opposing team go up a couple of goals early in the game.
“Unfortunately, you get to the final four, you spot a team two goals, you’re playing with fire,” DeBoer said at the time.
Captain Mark Stone agreed. “For whatever reason, our starts in the playoffs haven’t been good enough. We’ve gotten burned before, and we got burned again tonight.”
Expect Vegas to be more disciplined early on and not allowing Montreal to bounce back easily, like in Game 3 when they got on the board 1-0 and then allowed the Habs to tie things up 1-1 a mere 38 seconds later.
It’s also unlikely Marc-Andre Fleury will have another gaffe as he did in Game 3 when he misplayed the puck late in the third period en route to Vegas’ 3-2 loss in overtime. Fleury has been one of the Knights’ best players throughout the postseason and probably hasn’t slept since making such an uncharacteristic error, so he’ll be standing on his head to make up for it in Game 4.
This isn’t to say that Carey Price hasn’t been stellar between the pipes and rebounded since Game 1. He’ll be good again in Game 4 against his home crowd, but the Knights are likely to find a few more holes in his game this time around.
Sunday’s game is going to be another close one. But I’m thinking the Golden Knights tie the series back up before it returns to Sin City for Game 5.
Pick: Golden Knights (-154)
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