NHL Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadians

Overview

The Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Bell Centre in Montreal Monday where they take on division rivals the Montreal Canadians. The Lightning have had the Canadians number so far this season winning all four meetings and outscoring them 16-5.

Head to Head Trends

  • Lightning are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
  • Over is 5-1-2 in the last 8 meetings.

Montreal Canadians (-120)

The Montreal Canadians are 1st in the Atlantic Division with 102 points which is also good for top spot in the Eastern Conference 1 points ahead of the New York Rangers.

I haven’t exactly been sold on the Canadians as being a top team all season long but here we are with just a couple weeks left and they’re still in 1st place although they haven’t been playing great in March winning just 6 of 14 games and only one of those wins came against a team that are currently in a playoff spot.

I think the Canadians have been more lucky then good at times this season and if Carey Price wasn’t having the great season he’s been having I think the Canadians would be battling for a playoff spot instead of in 1st place.

Montreal Canadians Trends

  • Canadians are 52-23 in their last 75 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • Canadians are 2-5 in their last 7 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.

Tampa Bay Lightning (+110)

The Tampa Bay Lightning are 2nd in the Atlantic Division with 99 points just 3 points back of the Canadians for 1st place.

The Lightning are the highest scoring team in the league averaging 3.2 goals per game and that’s with just the 20th ranked power play so if they can get that going they’d be a super tough team to beat in the playoffs.

The Lightning have lost their last 2 games and talk about a bad power play. The Lightning went 0/5 in a 3-2 loss to the Predators and against Detroit they went 0/6 so they’re due for a couple.

Tampa Bay Lightning Trends

  • Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic.
  • Over is 20-6-2 in Lightning last 28 Monday games.

Conclusion

I’m not a big fan of betting the Lightning on the road but the Canadians aren’t exactly playing all that great of late and 5Dimes Sportsbook has them as a +110 underdog so I think they’re a solid play tonight.

Free Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning +110