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Hockey odds preview - Tampa Bay vs. Montreal

Tampa Bay Lightning

Montreal Canadiens
12-5-0 November 12, 2013, 07:30 PM | Bell Centre 9-8-1

The hockey wagering menu sees a clash between Montreal and Tampa Bay on Tuesday, with the host Canadiens trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

Montreal battles the Lightning, currently with a 12-5-0 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 5-12-1 for the Canadiens and 6-10-1 for the Lightning.

View Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Tampa Bay before puck drop in this match found them as 143-moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5.5, ccording to BetOnline.

This game matches up the No. 6 (Canadiens) and the No. 9 (Lightning) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

The Lightning were a 3-0 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Bruins. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at -172 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

The Canadiens were a 4-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Islanders. That made winners of bettors who got Montreal at -215 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Montreal's No. 19-ranked offense, averaging 2.67 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.47 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 24.64% while the Lightning defense kills off 85.48% of their penalties.

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Anaheim, Thursday, November 14th
Montreal at Columbus, Friday, November 15th