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Tampa's Lightning Was Grounded by Montreal Last Year

Thursday night sees a matchup between the top two teams in the Atlantic Division as the 5-1-0 Tampa Bay Lightning look to gain two points on the 6-0-1 Montreal Canadiens. The Habs continue to own the best goal differential in the show despite limited play from their ringer, Carey Price.

SHARK BITES
  • The Lightning are 0-4 on both the moneyline and puckline in their last 4  games against the Canadiens.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of the Lightning's last 5 games against the Canadiens.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of the Lightning's last 5 games as underdog.

Speaking of Price, the former Vezina and Hart Trophy winner will be the man between the pipes for Montreal tonight. He owns a 3-0-0 record and .939 save percentage in his three starts so far but his numbers against the Lightning are shockingly bad. In his five starts against T-Bay in his magnificent 2014-15 season, he went 0-4 with a save percentage of just .906.

Although I don’t expect those numbers to continue, they were the worst he posted against any opponent all season and the Lightning were just one of four teams No. 31 didn’t earn a win against in 2014-15.

TB has not confirmed Price’s counterpart tonight but there’s a solid chance it will be Ben Bishop, a goalie who is 3-1-0 despite owning a subpar .885 save percentage. Tampa’s offense has made up for any of Bishop’s shortcomings this season but it could be running into a brick wall tonight if Price has figured out how the Lightning were able to solve him two seasons ago.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Montreal Canadiens as -123 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 4-1.6 win for the Canadiens on Thursday. 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 Tampa Bay Lightning will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 5-1-0 this season, while the Canadiens are 6-0-1. Tampa Bay is 3-2-1 on the totals; Montreal is 3-3-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Montreal Canadiens at No. 27 and the Tampa Bay Lightning at No. 15 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Montreal Canadiens No. 4-ranked offense (3.71 goals per game) against a Tampa Bay Lightning defense that ranks No. 14 at 2.83 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 19.23% rate while the Lightning have a 88.24% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 7-3 winner on the road against the Maple Leafs. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -134 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (10) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

In their last action, Montreal was a 3-2 winner on the road against the Islanders. Bettors on Montreal at +112 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • Montreal is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Montreal is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Montreal is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Montreal is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at New Jersey, Saturday, October 29th
Montreal home to Toronto, Saturday, October 29th

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