Pacioretty Shines In Return To Montreal; Knights Beat Habs

Jimmy Murphy

Friday, November 9, 2018 10:07 PM UTC

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 10:07 PM UTC

Former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty returns to Montreal, the city he called home for ten seasons, and makes his former team regret trading him with a Golden performance for the Knights 2nd straight win.

Murphy: 27-22-2

Vegas (7-8-1, 7-9 ATS) at Montreal (8-5-3, 8-8 ATS)Saturday 7:05 PM ETFree NHL Picks: Knights PLBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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The Knights come into the 3rd game of their current 4-game road trip with some much needed momentum and belief that they actually can still score goals after lighting the lamp five times in a 5-3 win at Ottawa Thursday night. Vegas hasn’t won 2 straight games since a 3-game streak from October 13-20, but that will change Saturday in Montreal as former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty returns to the city he loves and called home for ten seasons poised to avenge what in the opinion of many, was a botched handling of an awkward situation by the Canadiens. Look for Pacioretty - who only has 2 goals thus far - to find his scoring touch again and help his team leave his former city with a huge road win.

Montreal GM Marc Bergevin seemingly waited too long to trade him, publicly failing to at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and leaving his captain and an active member of the Montreal community dangling until he finally dealt him to Vegas on September 10 in exchange for forward Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a 2019 2nd round draft pick. Finally settling into his new digs and team in Vegas and finally healthy, Pacioretty - a 5-time 30-goal scorer should not only find the back of the net in this game but do so more consistently going forward and what better place to start than in Montreal against the team that many argue (correctly in this hockey scribe’s opinion), disrespected him and humiliated him.

Another reason, Pacioretty and the Knights may be lighting the lamp often in this one is that Canadiens goalie Carey Price is in the midst of a brutal slump. He allowed 6 goals on 31 shots in a 6-5 loss to the Sabres Thursday and already headed into that game with a .837 save percentage in his last 4 starts. On Thursday, he openly admitted after the game that he’s basically lost, saying his struggles were all mental.

“It’s all upstairs. We’ll figure it out,” Price told reporters after the game.

Well he won’t figure it out Saturday and it’s likely going to take time which the Canadiens don’t really have if they want their great start to carry on. Knights money line is the play in this one!

The Knights are 7-9 against the spread and 3-6 on the road. Vegas has scored 39 goals and allowed 45. They’re 6-10-0 on the over/under and 4-5 on the road. The Knights are 7-9 on the puck line and 3-6 on the road.

Forward Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas in goals (7) and points (14). William Karlsson leads in assists with 8 helpers. Defenseman Shea Theodore leads the blue line with 7 points on 2 goals and 5 assists.

The Canadiens are 8-8 against the spread and 5-4 at home. Montreal has scored 53 goals and allowed 51. They’re 8-7-1 on the over/under and 4-5-0 at home. The Habs are 9-7 on the puck line and 4-5 at home.

Forward Max Domi is having a great first season in Montreal, tied for the team lead in goals with Brendan Gallagher with 9 lamplighters each and he leads in points with 19. Defenseman Jeff Petry leads the team in assists with 11 helpers.

Goaltending Match-Up
  • For the visiting Knights, Marc-Andre Fleury is 7-6-0-1 with a 2.51 GAA and .901 save percentage.
  • Backup Malcolm Subban is 2-0-2-0 with a 2.84 GAA and .881 save percentage.
  • For the Habs Price is 5-4-0-3 with a 3.07 GAA and .892 save percentage.
  • Backup Antti Niemi is 3-1-0 with a 3.13 GAA and .893 save percentage.
M*A*S*H Report
  • For the Knights, forward Erik Haula (leg) is out indefinitely.
  • Defenseman Deryk Engelland is day-to-day with a lower body injury but could return soon.
  • Forward Cody Eakin (upper-body injury) and is day-to-day.
  • Forward Paul Stastny is out two months with a lower body injury.
  • Defenseman Nate Schmidt is eligible to return from suspension on November 18.
  • For the Habs, forward paul Byron is week-to-week with a lower body injury.
  • Forward Joel Armia is out 6-8 weeks with a knee injury.
  • Defenseman David Schlemko is week-to-week with a knee injury.
  • Defenseman Shea Weber is week-to-week with a knee injury.

Prediction: Knights 4 Canadiens 2

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