Montreal Canadiens (3-0-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (1-0-1)
|Date & Time||Monday October 13, 2014, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -124 / Montreal Canadiens +113 --- Over/Under: 5
The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning will play Monday night at the Amalie Arena.
The Montreal Canadiens are off to a terrific 3-0 start and that’s without entering a single third period with the lead. The Canadiens also don’t have a single power play goal yet this season despite having 10 different opportunities. Tomas Plekanec has been the go-to guy so far for the Montreal Canadiens, as he has four goals and one assist, clearly on pace to shatter last year’s totals. P.K. Subban has one goal and one assist, and he leads the Canadiens with 12 shots on goal. Alexei Emelin has been dealing with an upper body injury and he’s questionable for this matchup. The Montreal Canadiens haven’t exactly made it easy on themselves to start the season but it’s tough to complain when they're off to their best start in years.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have been on both sides of the fence in two overtime games and will play their third straight home matchup. In just two games, the Lightning have been super aggressive by recording 72 shots on goal and limiting themselves to just nine penalties. Victor Hedman leads the Lightning with two goals and one assist, while Ondrej Palat has recorded eight shots on goal. The big difference for the Tampa Bay Lightning has to be a healthy Ben Bishop at goalie, as he’s allowed just two goals in each game and two or less goals in five of his last eight games overall. Now that the Tampa Bay Lightning are healthy, they have to feel good about their chances and need to take advantage of this homestand to begin the season.
The Canadiens are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 12-5 in their last 17 games playing on 1 days rest. The Lightning are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-14 in their last 20 Monday games. The Canadiens are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay.
The Lightning haven't had to travel yet and they have to have a little extra motivation for this game given the fact it was the Canadiens who sent them home last season in the playoffs. Look for Tampa Bay to play this game with a chip on its shoulder and get the victory.