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Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning 6/28/21 - NHL Picks & Predictions

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens Odds & Info

Game Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens
Date & Time Monday June 28, 2021, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Amalie Arena Tampa, FL
Latest odds
TB -200 ; O/U 5
TV Channel
NBCSN

On Monday the Montreal Canadiens visit the Tampa Bay Lightning for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals best-of-seven series. Montreal upset Vegas in the semifinals 4-2 with a 3-2 victory in Game 6. Montreal entered the postseason ranked last amongst playoff qualifiers after ending the regular season with five consecutive losses and trailed in the opening series 3-1 before rallying to win in seven games.

The leader in points during the postseason for Montreal is Tyler Toffoli with five goals and nine assists for a team best 14 points, while Nick Suzuki has scored five goals and added eight assists  for 13 points and Cole Caulfield has four goals and five assists for nine points. During the postseason, Carey Price has a 2.02 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.

The Tampa Bay Lightning reached the Stanley Cup finals with a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders in their semifinals best of seven series. Tampa Bay defeated New York 1-0 in the seventh and deciding game. If Tampa Bay wins the Stanley Cup they would be the first NHL team to repeat as Cup champions since the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016-2017. Tampa Bay continues to receive strong play from its defense shutting out the Islanders in Games 5 and 7.

During the postseason, Nikita Kucherov is the leader in overall points for Tampa Bay with 27 on five goals and 22 assists, while Brayden Points is the goal scoring leader with 14 and has 20 points and Alex Killorn has eight goals and nine assists for 17 points. In goal, Andrei Vasilevskiy has a 1.99 goals-against average and .936 save percentage in 18 games.

Recent Betting Trends

  • Montreal is 9-2 in its last 11 as the underdog
  • The UNDER has cashed in 3 (3-0-4) of the Candiens last 7
  • Tampa Bay is 9-4 in its last 13
  • The UNDER has cashed in 9 of the Lightning’s last 13

Free NHL Pick:

under 5

Tampa Bay will win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Monday, but the play here is UNDER. The UNDER has cashed in five of the last seven meetings between these two played in Tampa Bay and in five of the last six meetings overall between the two. The postseason is known for low scoring games and that has been the case as both goalies have played with Montreal's Carey Price having a 2.02 goals against average during the postseason and Tampa Bay's Andrei vasilevskiy even better with a 1.99 goals against. Final Score Prediction, Tampa Bay Lightning wins but our best play is UNDER 3-1

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