Tampa Bay Lightning (46-30-5) at Montreal Canadiens (37-38-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 9, 2016, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +100 / Tampa Bay Lightning -120 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Canadiens wrap up a disappointing season on home ice as they welcome their division rivals form Tampa Bay on Saturday.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are coming off a very impressive victory in their last outing as they put up four on the Devils and won by a 4-2 final and now finish off the regular season in Montreal against a team they have had a ton of success against over the last year. The Bolts will finish in second in the Atlantic division and will face off against the Red Wings or Bruins as the final playoff spots will be determined on Saturday with plenty of fireworks to accompany it. Tampa will be at home to start where they are 25-13-3 this season but they will have to make some serious adjustments as they will be without Steven Stamkos for the playoffs who had surgery to remove a blood clot and that is a massive loss for a team that will be in need of some offensive reinforcement. Ben Bishop will get the start as he will face off against Mike Condon.
The Canadiens haven’t had a great season but their coaching staff received a vote of confidence from management as they will be back for next season and get a second chance with a healthy roster to get back in the playoff picture. Montreal does have to make some adjustments in the offseason as they have some glaring holes that have contributed to their demise this season and with a shot at a top end draft pick they could very well find it in the form of a top prospect instead of having to fill the void from within. Montreal is usually a tough out at home and while they have been dismal for the most part this season I think they will send their home fans out with a bang against a Lightning side that has clinched and can’t afford any more injuries.