The Montreal Canadiens (5-5-1) welcome the Vegas Golden Knights (10-2-0), who will be out to prolong their winning run, at Bell Centre on Saturday. Vegas is coming off a high-scoring 5-4 win over the Senators on Thursday, their sixth win in a row.
The Golden Knights took advantage of their power play opportunities, scoring once on four shots while holding Ottawa without a power play goal. Five players found the net for the Golden Knights. Mark Stone scored and provided an assist to lead the team in scoring. Logan Thompson had 42 saves in the win.
Montreal fell 3-2 (OT) to the Jets on Thursday. Nick Suzuki and Kirby Dach each scored once for the Canadiens. Suzuki added an assist to share the scoring lead with Cole Caufield, who had two assists. Sam Montembeault had 33 saves in the loss.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Golden Knights won both games between the teams last season, including a 4-3 (OT) victory in their final meeting in January. Shea Theodore led Vegas with three points (1G 2A). Tyler Toffoli, Michael Pezzetta, and Mike Hoffman were on the scoresheet for Montreal. Robin Lehner got the win despite saving only 24 of 27 shots (.888%).
Vegas is averaging 3.33 goals per game for the season, 11th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Canadiens team that is allowing 3.09 goals a game (14th). Meanwhile, Montreal has found the net 2.73 times a game on average, 26th in the league, and the Golden Knights are holding opponents to a league-best 1.92 goals per game.
The Canadiens’ 12.90% power play percentage is the fourth-worst in the league, while the Golden Knights rank 23rd with a conversion rate of 18.42%. When it comes to defending power plays, Montreal has the league’s 14th-ranked PK% at 80.00%, while Vegas is 18th at 78.57%.
With 13 points this season, Jack Eichel is the top skater for the Golden Knights. He has five goals and eight assists in 12 games. In the net, Adin Hill (4-0-0) is Vegas’ top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 1.72 GAA, second-best in the league, and a .940% save percentage, fourth-best.
Thompson (6-2-0) leads the Golden Knights in games played in goal. He has a GAA of 2.01, third-best in the league, and a save percentage of .934%.Suzuki and Caufield lead the Canadiens in scoring with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Suzuki has six goals and seven assists, while Caufield has seven goals (9th) and five assists () in 11 games. Montembeault (2-1-1) has the best goals against average for Montreal at 2.47. He has a save percentage of .928%. Jake Allen (3-4-0) has played the most games in net for the Canadiens this season. He has a 2.88 GAA and a .908% save percentage.
HOME AND AWAY
Vegas has won three in a row away from home this season. Montreal is 3-2-0 at home this season.
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