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Tampa Bay Lightning host Montreal Canadiens in hockey action

Montreal Canadiens

Tampa Bay Lightning
22-13-3 December 28, 2013, 07:00 PM | St. Pete Times Forum 23-11-3

Hockey bettors look for value at Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday as host Tampa Bay battles the Montreal Canadiens in hockey odds action.

The Lightning bring a 23-11-3 record to the battle against the 22-13-3 Canadiens. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Tampa Bay go 14-20-3 so far and the Canadiens go 11-23-4.

View Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Lightning in this one found them earlier as -116 Favorite on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 22-rated Lightning and the No. 19-ranked Canadiens, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.


Last time out for Montreal, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Predators on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Canadiens at +100 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 6-1 result against the Panthers on December 23. Bettors who backed the Lightning at -101 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 11-ranked offense (2.86 goals per game) against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.21 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 16.15% rate while the Canadiens have a 86.4% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Canadiens at Lightning trends to consider:
Montreal is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 6 games
Montreal is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Montreal's last 17 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 12 games
Tampa Bay is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Montreal at Florida, Sunday, December 29th
Tampa Bay home to New York, Sunday, December 29th