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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens Pick and Betting Preview

Bell Centre hosts an NHL battle on the odds menu between the Montreal Canadiens and the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Montreal sat as 100 underdogs over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

A 2.9-2.4 result in favor of the Canadiens is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Montreal Canadiens are 37-38-6 so far on the season. The Tampa Bay Lightning, meanwhile, are 46-30-5. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Montreal go 39-29-13 and the Lightning go 33-39-9 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Montreal Canadiens rated this week at No. 29 and the Tampa Bay Lightning sitting at No. 15.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Montreal Canadiens No. 16-ranked offense (2.67 goals per game) against a Tampa Bay Lightning defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.42 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 15.75% rate while the Lightning have a 84.06% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Devils on April 07. Bettors who backed the Lightning at -136 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Montreal was a 4-2 winner on the road against the Hurricanes. Bettors on Montreal at +126 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Montreal
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Montreal
  • Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Montreal
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Montreal's last 8 games
  • Montreal is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
  • Montreal is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay home to , Wednesday, December 31st
Montreal home to , Wednesday, December 31st

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