Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Canadiens vs Lightning NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
2021 Stanley Cup Finals Game 4
(3-0) (36-17-3) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens (24-21-11) (0-3)
Date: Monday, July 5th, 2021
Time: 8:00pm ET
Venue: Bell Centre in Montreal
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Canadiens +130 Lightning -150
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Canadiens +1.5 -240 Lightning -1.5 +200
NHL Betting Total: 5
The Stanley Cup will be in the building on Monday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning are only one win away from winning the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row.
After three games in this series, I think it is safe to say that the Canadiens are outmatched by the Tampa Bay Lightning. In previous rounds, the Habs relied on shutting down top heavy offence, but the Bolt’s forwards continue to find ways to get the job done.
Carey Price is doing his absolute best to give the Habs their chance to win, but the defensive system in front of him looks shaky. Even broken compared to their performance in previous rounds. Tampa is consistently able to capitalize on turnovers, and the Habs keep giving them turnovers.
There is a lot to be excited about with this Canadiens moving forward, but their season is done. They might squeak out a win on Monday, but I don’t think the series goes beyond 5 games.
Tampa Bay Lightning
It’s starting to look like the third round series against the islanders was the last big obstacle standing between this Lightning team and a repeat cup win. They have been excellent in every game so far in this series, and I see no reason to doubt them going into game 4.
There will be plenty of time in the off season to debate the salary cap rules that have allowed the Bolts to be about 18 million dollars over the cap, but for now let’s just appreciate how good this team is. Incredible talent up front with Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos, reliable defensemen such as Victor Hedman and Ryan McDonagh, and all star goaltending from Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Not to mention the high quality depth players they have been able to hang on to this season. The Lightning are just a well constructed team back to front, and it’s unfortunate for Montreal they they had to run into them.
NHL Betting Trends
- Tampa Bay are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
- Tampa Bay are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games against Montreal.
- Tampa Bay are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games on the road.
- Montreal are 11-5 SU in their last 16 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Montreal’s last 15 games against Tampa Bay.
- Montreal are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games at home.
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens NHL Prediction:
The odds for this series are still giving Montreal too much credit. Tampa on the puck line is very tempting at +200, but I do think this game will remain tight right up until the end. With that in mind, I suggest taking the over at -105. Good luck!
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over 5 -105
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