Canadiens open as moneyline underdog vs Lightning

Montreal CanadiensTampa Bay Lightning
March 9, 7:00 PM | Tampa Bay Times Forum

Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds

15-5-4TEAM RECORD10-13-1

The visiting Canadiens hope for a solid performance on Saturday as they look to steal a win at Tampa Bay Times Forum against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

This season the Lightning are 10-13-1 overall while the Canadiens are 15-5-4. As for the totals, Tampa Bay is 15-7-2 on the OU, and Montreal is 13-11.

View Montreal vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Tampa Bay sat as -116 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Lightning, most recently No. 9 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Canadiens, who rate a No. 4 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 3-ranked offense (3.4 goals per game) against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.5 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 19.8% rate while the Canadiens have a 82.1% rate on the penalty kill.

Montreal won its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Hurricanes on March 7. Bettors who backed the Canadiens at -120 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Jets on March 7. Bettors who backed the Jets at +132 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Montreal Canadiens Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Florida are 6-4
After playing Carolina are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Tampa Bay Lightning Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing St. Louis are 3-7
After playing Winnipeg are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

A few Canadiens at Lightning trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games on the road
Montreal is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Montreal is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Tampa Bay's last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Montreal
Tampa Bay is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Montreal

Next up:
Montreal at Florida, Sunday, March 10
Tampa Bay at Florida, Tuesday, March 12

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