Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning
|Date & Time||Saturday February 16, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +165 / Tampa Bay Lightning -200 -- Over/Under:
The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Saturday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.
The Montreal Canadiens could use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 13.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 22 goals, Max Domi has 32 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 150 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 108 goals on 1,277 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 54 goals on 506 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look for another win after winning seven of their last nine games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.9 goals per game and are scoring on 29.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with 33 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 66 assists and Steven Stamkos has 178 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 84 goals on 1,148 shots faced and Louis Domingue has allowed 64 goals on 689 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Canadiens are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 19-40 in their last 59 games as a road underdog and 7-3 in their last 10 road games. The Lightning are 41-13 in their last 54 games as a favorite, 40-12 in their last 52 games playing on 1 days rest and 62-23 in their last 85 games as a home favorite. The under is 6-0 in Canadiens last 6 road games. The over is 3-0-1 in Lightning last 4 overall. The Canadiens are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have won each of the last four meetings against the Montreal Canadiens and have scored three or more goals in seven of the last nine meetings. The Canadiens are worth a look here based on their recent success on the road, but that's about it. The Lightning are just too consistent, especially at home, to bet against when playing lesser teams. The price isn't ideal, but it's Lightning or pass for me.