Canadiens vs. Lightning Preview

montreal canadiens vs tampa bay lightning nhl odds nhl preview nhl betting information

TAMPA, FL (AP) - The last time the Montreal Canadiens visited the Tampa Bay Lightning, they arrived at the St. Pete Times Forum during a difficult stretch outside Quebec.

View Current Tampa Bay Lightning Odds

The Canadiens are feeling right at home as they enter this matchup in the Sunshine State.

Montreal looks to match a season high with its fourth consecutive road win Saturday night when the Southeast Division-leading Lightning try to get back on track following a difficult road swing.

According to NHL odds and oddsmakers from online sports book have made the Lightning -135 money line favorites for Saturday's game against the Canadiens. Current NHL Public Betting Information shows that 83% of more than 290 bets for this game have been placed on the Lightning -135.

With just two wins in their previous 10 road games, the Canadiens (35-23-7) fell to 1-5-0 on their season-high seven-game trip with a 4-1 loss against Tampa Bay on Dec. 30.

Montreal, though, is 7-4-1 away from the Bell Centre since that defeat. Coach Jacques Martin's club improved to 2-0-0 on its three-game trip with Thursday's 4-0 victory over Florida.

Hearing chants of "Ca-rey! Ca-rey!" from the pro-Canadiens fans in Sunrise, Fla., Carey Price made 30 saves for his 30th victory and seventh shutout of the season - the most clean sheets by a Montreal goalie since Cristobal Huet had seven in 2005-06.

"It's definitely odd (hearing my name on the road), but there's a lot of snowbirds down here," Price said after the Canadiens won their third straight overall and fourth in five games. "It's always fun to play down here. It's almost like playing at home."

Price has yielded three goals during Montreal's three-game road winning streak. The Canadiens, though, have been outscored 7-1 while losing their last two in Tampa.

The Lightning (37-20-7) would like to extend that home-ice edge following a 1-2-0 trip that ended with back-to-back 2-1 losses to New Jersey and Boston.

Thursday's defeat dropped Tampa Bay two points behind the Bruins for second place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Lightning's divisional lead over Washington is one point.

"The guys are gassed and we hung on. We hung on," coach Guy Boucher said. "... We deserved one point (against the Devils). We deserved one point (Thursday) - that would have been four points out of six on a tough road trip, so it didn't turn our way."

Tampa Bay hopes for better results on a four-game homestand that continues Monday with a critical matchup against the Capitals. The club, though, is unsure if captain Vincent Lecavalier will be available during this stretch after he missed Thursday's contest with a mid-body injury.

Lecavalier has seven goals and 12 points in his last 10 games. If he can't go, Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis might have to shoulder more of the scoring load.

Stamkos, the NHL leader with 41 goals, has found the net just once in the last 10 games, but he has three goals and three assists in two victories against Montreal this season. He scored twice and matched a season high with four points in the Dec. 30 win.

St. Louis scored on the power play in that matchup as the Montreal-area native extended his goal-scoring streak versus the Canadiens to four.

Mike Smith, who made 26 saves on Thursday in his first start since Dec. 18 following a knee injury, turned away 24 shots in a 4-3 overtime victory in Montreal on Oct. 13.

Price has allowed four goals in each of the two matchups with Tampa Bay this season.

The Canadiens won a season-best four straight on the road from Oct. 9-29.

Bet On Canadiens vs. Lightning Odds

Want More From Follow us on Twitter and Facebook or Subscribe to Our News Feeds!

Recent NHL Discussions

How many more are like this on Wed, Mar 2021 by Surfer
Saturday Sharp Action NHL on Sat, Jan 2021 by Jimmythegreek
NHL STARS on Wed, Sep 2020 by iceman17
Chicago Blackhawks on Sat, Aug 2020 by Surfer

NHL Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Sabres vs. Red Wings Prediction & Odds The struggling Sabres will look to right the ship on Wednesday night when they visit the Red Wings at 7:00 p.m. ET. Is the total for tonight’s game set too...
Thumbnail Lightning vs. Bruins Prediction & Odds With eight victories over their last 10 games, the Bruins remain the best and hottest team in the NHL and are also a perfect 12-0...
Thumbnail Stars vs. Blues Prediction & Odds The Stars and Blues will meet in St. Louis on Monday night at 8:00 p.m. ET and given the lack of scoring in previous meetings between the two teams, is the under...
Thumbnail Canucks vs. Sharks Prediction & Odds The Canucks and Sharks square off at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday night and with both teams struggling, where is the value when it comes to...
Thumbnail Stars vs. Avalanche Prediction & Odds Could the defending Stanley Cup champs be tested on Saturday night when the Avalanche host the Stars at 9:00 p.m. ET?

NHL Headlines