Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens - 3/10/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (25-31-11) at Tampa Bay Lightning (47-17-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -285 / Montreal Canadiens +252 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
TV: RDS, SUN
The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lighting meet Saturday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.
The Montreal Canadiens could use a victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 24 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 24 assists and Max Pacioretty has 212 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 76.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 124 goals on 1,296 shots faced and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 33 goals on 383 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 12 games.
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The Tampa Bay Lighting look to keep the puck rolling after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 23.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 33 goals, Steven Stamkos has 51 assists and Brayden Point has 181 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 135 goals on 1,798 shots faced and Peter Budaj has allowed 26 goals on 213 shots. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Canadiens are 8-24 in their last 32 road games, 1-10 in their last 11 Saturday games and 9-23 in their last 32 overall. The Lightning are 35-16 in their last 51 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games and 55-23 in their last 78 overall. The over is 36-17-1 in Lightning last 54 overall and the under is 13-5 in Canadiens last 18 road games.
It's no secret the Tampa Bay Lighting are the better team and are playing far better hockey right now. The Montreal Canadiens have really nothing to play for at this point and have been absolutely trash on the road all season long. However, we're getting 2.5 times our money by taking a shot in the dark with Montreal. And while the Lightning should beat the Canadiens, the last two meetings have gone into shootouts and four of the last six meetings have seen at least overtime. Taking a shot with the big payout certainly beats laying -300 odds.