Montreal Canadiens will meet Tampa Bay Lightning in Tuesday’s action of the NHL 2021-22 season. The hosts have had many troubles this season, but they will search for an improvement. The away side wants to secure the playoffs spot, and they look forward to continuing their winning streak.
Montreal has a very poor campaign, and they suffered three defeats in a row. Nevertheless, the home side wants to overcome their issues and set up a solid platform for the next campaign. On the other hand, Tampa Bay has been playing very well lately, and they want to keep up where they left off. The visitors are on the right track to the post-season, and they plan to stay on it.
Montreal Canadiens – Can they improve their game?
The last season’s Stanley Cup finalists are not anywhere close to challenging the playoffs spot again. The Canadiens are one of the weakest teams in the Eastern Conference, and they are hammered to the bottom of the Atlantic Division with a 6-17-3 record. Montreal cannot be happy with its recent displays, as the hosts lost nine times on the previous eleven occasions. They go to this match after losing to the Predators, while the Canadiens have celebrated only four times on the home ice this season.
Tyler Toffoli has contributed the most in Montreal’s offense with 17 points, including a team-high 12 assists. Josh Anderson is the Canadiens’ top scorer with seven goals, while he has chipped in with 13 points. Nick Suzuki has produced 16 points, while four other players logged ten or more. On the other hand, Jake Allen has spent most of the time between the pipes, allowing 3.01 goals per game. He’s the only goalie with a save percentage greater than .900 since the Canadiens have allowed 3.58 goals per contest on average.
Expected Line-Up: Sam Montembeault, David Savard, Ben Chiarot, Adam Brooks, Nick Suzuki, Tyler Toffoli
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Tampa Bay Lightning – Will they keep up winning?
Unlike their rivals, the Lightning has been very good lately, winning in the previous three games. Tampa Bay is 3rd in the Atlantic Division with a 15-5-4 record, being only three points behind the top-placed Panthers. Their latest display was particularly confident, as they managed to beat the Flyers 7-1 on the road. Corey Perry led the Lightning to the second straight road victory with two goals and an assist, while Ross Colton and Victor Hedman logged three assists each.
Steven Stamkos has been the most dominant player in Tampa Bay’s offense with 27 points, while he’s also the top scorer with 12 goals. Victor Hedman has been the best assistant with 21, while he has contributed with 26 points in total. Alex Killorn is another player with 20+ points, while five more skaters chipped in with ten or more points. Andrei Vasilevskiy has been the Lightning first-choice goaltender, and he has allowed 2.13 goals per game, with a very good .927 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Jan Rutta, Victor Hedman, Alex Barre-Boulet, Ondrej Palat, Steven Stamkos
Expert Pick #1 – Lightning to win (Inc. OT and Pen.) @-185
Although this is the clash of the latest Stanley Cup finalists, the visitors are strong favorites. They’ve been in a much better momentum, and I expect them to keep up where they left off. Therefore, I’ll back Tampa Bay as the first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Lightning -1.5 @+135
Besides all the problems this season, the Canadiens will have a shortened roster heading to this game due to many injured players. Tyler Toffoli will be questionable for this clash, and I see the Lightning winning this match comfortably. The odds for this bet are a bit higher, but it is the right pick if you want to risk more.
Expert Pick #3 – Lightning Over 3.5 @+115
Montreal’s defense has been very leaky this season, conceding more than 3.5 goals per match on average. On the other hand, Tampa Bay produces 3.37 goals per contest, and they have been lethal in the final third against the Flyers. I’m going with the Lightning Over 3.5 as my third pick for the plus money odds.