The Montreal Canadiens have turned the tables and paid out on the NHL moneyline in each of their last two games against the Tampa Bay Lightning with those teams continuing their best-of-seven second-round playoff series on Tuesday night.
Montreal cut Tampa Bay’s series lead to 3-2 on Saturday night with a 2-1 home victory at -125 on the NHL betting lines at the online sportsbooks. The Canadiens also topped the Lightning by a 6-2 score on the road in Game 4 of the series to end their eight-game skid against the Bolts.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
If you’re backing the visiting Montreal Canadiens in this one, they Canadiens listed earlier today as favorites of -150 at most sportsbooks, including Bodog. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.
Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 2.7-2.4 win for the Lightning.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Lightning sit at 57-29-8 on the season; in comparison, the Montreal Canadiens are currently 56-26-11. Looking to wager on the totals? Tampa Bay is 47-44-3 OU, and Montreal is 31-45-17 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Montreal injuries news.
It’s an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 2-rated Tampa Bay Lightning and the No. 24-ranked Montreal Canadiens, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds – VSB
Offensively, the game matches up the Tampa Bay Lightning No. 2-ranked offense (3.11 goals per game) against a Montreal Canadiens defense that ranks No. 2 at 2.3 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 18.48% rate while the Canadiens have a 82.03% rate on the penalty kill.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Canadiens on May 9. Bettors who backed the Canadiens at -125 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal’s last 6 games
- Montreal is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal’s last 5 games on the road
- Montreal is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing Tampa Bay
- Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games
- Tampa Bay is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Montreal home to Tampa Bay, Thursday, May 14th