Lightning vs. Canadiens - 3/31/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (35-36-6) at Tampa Bay Lightning (44-27-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning / Montreal Canadiens --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: RDS, SUN
The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Thursday at the Amalie Arena.
The Montreal Canadiens could use a nice win after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.3 percent of their power plays. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 27 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 25 assists and Tomas Plekanec has 181 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their power play chances. Mike Condon has allowed 131 goals on 1,351 shots faced and Ben Scrivens has given up 42 goals on 447 shots. Condon has allowed 11 goals in his last three games.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power plays. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 36 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 32 assists and Ondrej Palat has 106 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.3 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 113 goals on 1,578 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 51 goals on 577 shots. Bishop has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Canadiens are 5-21 in their last 26 road games and 16-35 in their last 51 overall. The Lightning are 36-15 in their last 51 vs. a team with a losing record and 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest. The Canadiens are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have beat up on losing teams all season long, and the Canadiens have won just five of their last 26 road games. No, thanks. Tampa Bay should get the job done here.