Montreal Canadiens (20-13-5) at Tampa Bay Lightning (29-7-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 29, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -230 / Montreal Canadiens +190 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Saturday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.
The Montreal Canadiens look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 13.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 15 goals, Max Domi has 22 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 83 goals on 868 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 36 goals on 292 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to keep the puck rolling after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 4.1 goals per game and are scoring on 29.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with 22 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 44 assists and Steven Stamkos has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 46 goals on 602 shots faced and Louis Domingue has allowed 57 goals on 596 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Canadiens are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 19-39 in their last 58 road games and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The Lightning are 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games, 53-20 in their last 73 home games and 38-14 in their last 52 overall. The Canadiens are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings. The over is 5-0 in Lightning last 5 overall. The under is 50-22-14 in Canadiens last 86 games playing on 0 days rest.
The Montreal Canadiens are playing well enough to where they deserve a look as big underdogs, but it's so tough to bet against the Tampa Bay Lightning in their current form, especially when they have the rest advantage. The Lightning have lost just twice since Thanksgiving and five of their last seven wins have been won by more than one goal. So, I'm going to lay the PL with the Lightning and hope to get better value in this contest.