Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 2, 2019, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -120 / Montreal Canadiens +100 -- Over/Under: 6
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Centre Bell.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to keep the puck rolling after winning 11 of their last 14 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.9 goals per game and are scoring on 28.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 41 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 83 assists and Brayden Point has 186 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 85.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 125 goals on 1,659 shots faced and Louis Domingue has allowed 75 goals on 812 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.
The Montreal Canadiens look for a victory here after splitting their last 12 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 12.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 33 goals, Max Domi has 43 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 185 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 157 goals on 1,897 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 61 goals on 539 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 44-11 in their last 55 games as a favorite and 47-20 in their last 67 games as a road favorite. The Canadiens are 6-0 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest, 25-53 in their last 78 games as an underdog and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Lightning are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 5-0 in Lightning last 5 overall. The under is 7-3 in Canadiens last 10 overall.
The Montreal Canadiens obviously need this game more with them fighting with the Carolina Hurricanes for the last playoff spot. The problem is the Tampa Bay Lightning have been the most consistent team in hockey and have been the most kind to bettors all year given that they've made the most profit long term. It's tough enough to bet against the Lightning in any spot, but it's even tougher when you're getting them at such a favorable price. I have to keep siding with Tampa Bay, even if the Montreal Canadiens and the even money is intriguing given their desperation.