Tampa Bay Lightning will host Montreal Canadiens in the NHL 2021-22 action on Tuesday evening. The home side looks forward to continuing its good streak and remaining on the top of the division. The visitors have a dreadful campaign, and they will search for improvement.
Tampa Bay is on the right track to the playoffs, and the hosts have been pretty confident so far. They will search for another straight victory that should keep them on the pole position in the Atlantic Division. On the other hand, Montreal is perhaps the biggest underachiever this season. The away side would need a miracle to get back in the playoffs race.
Tampa Bay Lightning – Can they book another victory?
The Lightning looks like a Stanley Cup contender once again, as they dominate the Atlantic Division. Thanks to the three straight wins, the hosts climbed to the top spot being two points ahead of the Maple Leafs. The latest victory came against the Golden Knights on the road, and Tampa Bay wants to keep up where it left off. Although they had only 19 shots, opposed to Vegas’s 41 attempts, the Lightning celebrated a valuable 4-3 win.
Steven Stamkos has been the most productive player in the Lightning offense with 35 points, including a team-high 14 goals. Victor Hedman is Tampa Bay’s best assistant with 24, while he has contributed with 31 points. Alex Killorn has produced a total of 25 points, while two more players have chipped in with 15+ points. On the goal, Andrei Vasilevskiy has spent most of the time and has a .928 save percentage. However, he won’t be able to help his teammates in this matchup.
Expected Line-Up: Brian Elliott, Jan Rutta, Victor Hedman, Alex Barre-Boulet, Ondrej Palat, Steven Stamkos
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Montreal Canadiens – Are they capable of providing a surprise?
The Canadiens cannot be proud of their campaign, as they are hammered to the bottom of the Atlantic Division. Montreal is very far from the post-season zone, and they need to turn around their fortune to start climbing the standings. Nevertheless, their seven-game losing streak ended against the Flyers last time, when the Canadiens celebrated a 3-2 shootout victory. Cayden Primeau was outstanding between the pipes, having a .949 save percentage.
Nick Suzuki is Montreal’s best player in the offense with 18 points, including a team-high 12 assists. Josh Anderson tops the list of the team’s scorers with seven goals, while he has contributed with 13 points. Tyler Toffoli is another skater that contributed a lot with a total of 17 points, but he is sidelined for this clash. Four other players have chipped in with 10+ points. On the other hand, Jake Allen has been Montreal’s first-choice goaltender with 23 appearances, allowing 3.10 goals per contest on average.
Expected Line-Up: Jake Allen, David Savard, Ben Chiarot, Adam Brooks, Nick Suzuki, Brendan Gallagher
Expert Pick #1 – Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5 @-105
Tampa Bay is a firm favorite in this encounter, and everything besides the home victory would be a great surprise. The Canadiens will have a shortened rotation due to Covid-19 cases and injuries, and I’ll take the Lightning as my first pick on the puck-line market for the best value odds.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 6 @-105
The Lightning has been pretty productive this season, while the visitors struggle a lot in the defense. I expect the hosts to dominate the game and drive it over a 6 margin. I’ll back the Over here as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Lightning to win (Inc. OT and Pen.) @-260
If you search for a safer bet, then backing the Lightning to win on the moneyline market could be a perfect choice. Although the odds are not too generous, this pick shouldn’t let you down. Therefore, I’m choosing it as the second alternative for this matchup.