Tampa Bay Lightning (25-12-4) at Montreal Canadiens (26-11-2)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 6, 2015, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -130 / Tampa Bay Lightning +118 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens play Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have won five of their last six games and end a four-game road trip. The Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored 12 goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have scored three power play goals in their last four games and have won five of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 21 goals, Tyler Johnson has 28 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Ben Bishop has allowed 67 goals on 757 shots faced and Evgeni Nabokov has given up 25 goals on 232 shots.
The Montreal Canadiens have won six straight games and play their first home game in more than two weeks. The Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Montreal Canadiens have one power play goal in their last five games and have won eight straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 16 goals, P.K. Subban has 19 assists and Tomas Plekanec has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canadiens are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in nine of their last 10 games. Carey Price has allowed 68 goals on 952 shots faced and Dustin Tokarski has given up 17 goals on 224 shots.
The Lightning are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Atlantic. The Canadiens are 38-15 in their last 53 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The Lightning are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Montreal and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
This game could really go either way with both teams starting to find their groove a bit. However, the Montreal Canadiens are one of the hotter teams in the league and are almost unbeatable at home. Give me the home team for the solid price.