Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens - 5/1/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (54-27-8) at Montreal Canadiens (54-24-10)
NHL Hockey: Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -130 / Tampa Bay Lightning +118 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Canadiens look for their first win against the Lightning all season while Tampa plays with only a days rest as the two teams meet up for game one in Montreal.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have had success against a lot of teams this season but perhaps their biggest trophy during the year was their track record against the Montreal Canadiens as they went a perfect 5-0 against their division foes and only conceded one point in that series. However, the playoffs are a completely different kind of animal and heading into Montreal for game one will be a tough task as the Habs are coming off a victory on the road against the Senators and have been riding a red hot Carey Price who was recently named as a nominee and favourite to win both the Vezina and Hart Trophies. The Bolts need to get Steven Stamkos going and while it is quite impressive they were able to oust the Red Wings in dramatic fashion without their superstar scoring a goal they will absolutely need him against Price and a very solid Montreal team.
The Canadiens ousted the Senators in six games in the opening round but the series was a lot closer than indicated as Ottawa certainly had ample opportunity to win games one, two, and three but they came up short and ultimately it cost them a chance at the second round. Carey Price continues to be the best goalie in the world and he was sensational in the series clinching win in Ottawa but he has struggled against the Bolts this season and was badly outplayed by Ben Bishop who could very well be the x-factor for his side in this series. While I think this series will go the distance you have to wonder how much of a psychological edge the Bolts have on Montreal thanks to the regular season massacre and while I see Montreal finding ways to win throughout the series I don't think they get it right away.