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Desperate Bolts Have Been Electric on the Back End of Back-to-Backs

Following a crucial win against the Maple Leafs, the Lightning will have to refocus and take on the Canadiens in yet another must-win matchup when the two square off in the lone NHL game this evening. Although the chances are slim, the Bolts can still sneak into the playoffs but only if they win out and the Leafs fails to earn a single point in their two remaining games.

SHARK BITES
  • The Lightning are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games against their division.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of the Lightning's last 12 games with no days off between games.
  • The Lightning are 1-6 SU and on the puckline in their last 7 games against the Canadiens.

One of the single best trends for the Lightning tonight is their great success this season on the back end of back-to-backs. The Bolts have won six straight in that situation and will probably be the underdog tonight. Given their motivation, and the Canadiens’ lack thereof, a Tampa Bay moneyline bet would seem to be a wise one.

The advice I’ve been giving for these final few games of the season (when two teams with different motivations are playing each other) is to wait until you know who’s playing in goal for each team and keep a keen eye on the injury reports. If Shea Weber, Alexei Emelin and Jordie Benn are all scratched for the Habs tonight and Carey Price is given a game off, the Bolts’ chances of winning skyrocket.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Montreal Canadiens are 46-25-9 so far on the season. The Tampa Bay Lightning, meanwhile, are 40-30-10. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Montreal go 28-37-15 and the Lightning go 36-37-7 on the totals. 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. 20 and the Tampa Bay Lightning at No. 3 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Montreal's No. 16-ranked offense, averaging 2.76 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 16 at 2.79 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 19.64% while the Lightning defense kills off 81.03% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Tampa Bay was a 4-1 winner in its last match on the road against the Maple Leafs. They won as +129 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.

The Canadiens were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Sabres. That made winners of bettors who got Buffalo at +129 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for OVER bettors.

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

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay home to Buffalo, Sunday, April 9th
Montreal at Detroit, Saturday, April 8th

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