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Hockey odds preview - Tampa Bay vs. Montreal

Tampa Bay LightningMontreal Canadiens
Jan 7, 7:00 PM | Bell Centre

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens Odds

17-19-3TEAM RECORD15-18-7

The Montreal Canadiens will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Tampa Bay Lightning invade Bell Centre on Saturday.

Montreal will face the 17-19-3 Lightning. In totals betting, the Canadiens are 18-18-4 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Lightning are 24-14-1 favoring the OVER.

View Tampa Bay vs Montreal Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Lightning were listed as +-145 underdogs on the hockey moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 5.5 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The Canadiens - Lightning odds would favor the Canadiens if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Montreal is rated No. 14 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Tampa Bay is at No. 24.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Montreal's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 2.6 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 30 at 3.4 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 12.6% while the Lightning defense kills off 79.9% of their penalties.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Senators on January 5. Bettors who backed the Senators at -130 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

The Canadiens were a 7-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Jets. That made winners of bettors who got Montreal at -130 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for OVER bettors.

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

Montreal Canadiens Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing St. Louis are 5-5
After playing Winnipeg are 7-3
After a win are 2-8

A few Lightning at Canadiens trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Montreal
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing on the road against Montreal
Tampa Bay is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Montreal's last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Vancouver, Tuesday, January 10
Montreal home to St. Louis, Tuesday, January 10

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