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Tampa Bay Lightning

Montreal Canadiens
31-18-5 February 01, 2014, 01:00 PM | Bell Centre 29-20-5

Tampa Bay pays a visit to Montreal on Saturday, hoping to shut down the Canadiens snipers in hockey action at Bell Centre.

Montreal will face the 31-18-5 Lightning. In totals betting, the Canadiens are 17-29-8 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Lightning are 25-26-3 favoring the OVER.

View Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens Odds and Stats.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Canadiens rated this week at No. 28 and the Lightning sitting at No. 2.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Senators on January 30. Bettors who backed the Senators at -111 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Montreal was a 4-1 winner on the road against the Bruins. Bettors on Montreal at +180 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Montreal's No. 23-ranked offense (2.5 goals per game) against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.52 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 19.02% rate while the Lightning have a 80% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Lightning at Canadiens trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Montreal
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Montreal
Montreal is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Montreal is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games at home
Montreal is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, Tuesday, February 4th
Montreal home to Winnipeg, Sunday, February 2nd