Saturday NHL Opening Odds
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The contest between Tampa Bay (37-20-7) and Montreal (35-23-7) gets underway at 7:00PM EST. Oddsmakers and online sports book Sportsbook.com have listed the Lightning as -140 favorites, while the over-under is set at 5.5.
Tampa Bay is currently the third-best team in the Eastern Conference, while Montreal is slotted into the sixth spot at this point. According to the latest trends, Tampa Bay is 6-4 against the spread versus Montreal over the last three seasons. Seven of the past 10 games in this series have gone under the total.
At home this season, the Lightning have compiled a stellar record of 21-7-4. Meanwhile, the Canadiens are 15-15-1 in road games. Tampa Bay enters play with a two-game losing skid with defeats at New Jersey and Boston, while Montreal is winners of three straight with a home victory over Carolina as well as road wins at Atlanta and Florida.
Tomas Plekanac leads the Canadiens offensively with 20 goals and 29 assists. Highlighting the Lightning effort on the offensive end is phenom Steven Stamkos, who has tallied 41 goals and 37 assists in 64 games.
Elsewhere in the NHL, the Philadelphia Flyers are home against the Buffalo Sabres at 1:00PM EST. Philadelphia is a -185 favorite and the over-under is 5.5. The Los Angeles Kings entertain the Vancouver Canucks at 4:00PM EST. Los Angeles is a -120 favorite, while the over-under is set at 5.5. Toronto is home to face Chicago at 7:00PM EST. The Blackhawks are a -130 favorite and the over-under is 5.5.
NHL Money Line Odds & Over/Under Totals
51 Buffalo Sabres +155 (5.5)
52 Philadelphia Flyers -185
53 St. Louis Blues +100 (5.5)
54 New York Islanders -120
55 Vancouver Canucks +100 (5.5)
56 Los Angeles Kings -120
57 Chicago Blackhawks -130 (5.5)
58 Toronto Maple Leafs +110
59 Florida Panthers +125 (5.5)
60 Atlanta Thrashers -145
61 Montreal Canadiens +120 (5.5)
62 Tampa Bay Lightning -140
63 Pittsburgh Penguins +190 (5.5)
64 Boston Bruins -230
65 Detroit Red Wings -120 (5.5)
66 Phoenix Coyotes +100
67 Edmonton Oilers +125 (5.5)
68 Colorado Avalanche -145