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Golden Knights vs. Canadiens Stanley Cup Semifinal preview


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Welcome to NHL.com, the official site of the National Hockey LeagueBienvenue à LNH.com , le site officiel de la Ligue nationale de hockeyДобро пожаловать на NHL.com, официальный сайт Национальной хоккейной лигиTervetuloa NHL:n viralliselle nettisivustolle NHL.comiinVälkommen till NHL.com, NHL:s officiella web-sidaVítejte na NHL.com, oficiálních stránkách National Hockey LeagueVitajte na NHL.com, oficiálnych stránkach National Hockey LeagueWillkommen auf NHL.com, der offiziellen Seite der National Hockey LeagueBienvenido a NHL.com, el sitio oficial de la National Hockey LeagueThe third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs features four teams in two best-of-7 series, which start Sunday.Today, NHL.com previews the Stanley Cup Semifinals between the Vegas Golden Knights and Montreal Canadiens.Golden Knights: 4-2 to win Stanley Cup Second Round against No. 1 Colorado Avalanche; 4-3 to win Stanley Cup First Round against No. 3 Minnesota Wild; 40-14-2, 82 points in regular season (second in Honda West Division)Canadiens: 4-0 to win Stanley Cup Second Round against No. 3 Winnipeg Jets; 4-3 to win Stanley Cup First Round against No. 1 Toronto Maple Leafs; 24-21-11, 59 points in regular season (fourth in Scotia North Division)Game 1: Monday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)The Vegas Golden Knights are heavy favorites against the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Semifinals, but the Canadiens have excelled as underdogs and know the blueprint to defeating the Golden Knights."I always personally like to prove people wrong," Montreal coach Dominique Ducharme said. "When people think that we cannot do something, it's always nice to … it's another layer where you can gain energy or another challenge."This is a mismatch in many ways.The Golden Knights led the NHL in wins (40) and goal differential (plus-67) during the regular season, tying for the lead in points (82) with the Colorado Avalanche. This is Montreal's first trip past the second round since 2014.At the same time, these teams have a lot in common."Montreal's been very good throughout these playoffs, and they'll be another big challenge for us," Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said.Vegas and Montreal each survived a seven-game series in the first round. The Golden Knights were the top defensive team in the regular season (2.18 goals against per game); the Canadiens are the top defensive team alive in the playoffs (2.18).Each has a balanced lineup. He's 8-3 with a 1.97 GAA, .935 save percentage and one shutout.Video: A discussion on the red hot Montreal Canadiens Golden Knights: Vegas led the NHL in blocked shots during the regular season (843) and leads the playoffs (249). I think we've shown that throughout the playoffs, and we have a ton of confidence in everybody right now, and that's what a winning team needs." -- Canadiens center Nick Suzuki Golden Knights: They come in waves, smother Montreal defensively by pressuring the puck in all three zones, sustain possession with a strong forecheck and get inside in the offensive zone.

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