Detroit Red Wings (14-14-4) at Tampa Bay Lightning (15-14-3)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 20, 2016, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning / Detroit Red Wings --- Over/Under:
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The Anaheim Ducks look to build on their big 3-2 road win against the Maple Leafs as they head into the Bell Centre to face off with the Montreal Canadiens.
The Ducks scored a big 3-2 against their former goaltender last night in Toronto and continued their recent success against teams with a winning record and they will be out for more tonight as they take on one of the league’s best in Montreal. Anaheim hasn’t had a ton of success on the road of late but they will look to take advantage of a short handed Montreal side that has a laundry list full of injuries that continues to get bigger by the day, but as long as Carey Price is healthy they will feel confident in getting a win against anybody. Anaheim is likely to stick with John Gibson in this spot despite playing in a back to back as he will face off against Price who continues to log a ton of starts leaving little for backup Al Montoya.
The Canadiens have been lights out at home over the last season and a half and they will be out to extend their success as they are 16-5 in their last 21 games against the Bell Centre and with the World Junior Hockey championships taking place in Montreal starting on boxing day there are only a few games left before a lengthy road trip. Montreal has had their struggles with the Western Conference though and while they seem to have their way with the very best in the East they have struggled against some also rans in the West and need to fix that if they’re going to find success in the playoffs.
The Ducks are 1-4 in their last five road games and 4-1 in their last five against the Atlantic while the Habs are 8-23 in their last 31 against the West and 0-4 in their last four Tuesday games. Anaheim is coming off a game last night but they are getting a ton of value here and with Montreal missing some key pieces here the Ducks at this price are the play for me.