NHL Hockey Betting: Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning

Added May 12, 2015 by Levi Watkins

It’s not unprecedented for a professional sports team to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best of seven series but it’s close. The good news for the Montreal Canadiens as they try to win Game Six in Tampa to send their best of seven series with the Lightning back to Montreal tied 3-3 is that it’s happened more frequently than in the other ‘stick and ball’ sports combined. The bad news is that it’s only happened four times in the NHL and once in Major League Baseball. It has happened twice in the NHL since 2010, most recently last year as the Los Angeles Kings came back from a three game deficit to beat the San Jose Sharks en route to their Stanley Cup Championship.

Neither team is scoring a lot of goals which is more of an issue for Tampa than Montreal. The Canadiens didn’t score many goals this season while Tampa was the #1 goal scoring team in the NHL. The Bolts’ leading scorer, Steven Stamkos, has disappeared during the postseason. The reason that the Lightning have made it this far has been the play of Ben Bishop, a good goalie playing like a great goalie during the postseason. That might not be good enough, however, since the Canadiens have a legitimately great goalie–likely the best on the planet–between their pipes. Tampa Bay got a lot of breaks early in the series despite playing at a tempo and with a style better suited for the Habs. Montreal now has regained their confidence and don’t seem particularly intimidated by the prospect of having to win Game Six on the road.

The Lightning had the best home record in the NHL during the regular season but are just 3-3 during the playoffs. Montreal was a good road team, however, and they’ve already won once at the Amalie Arena in this series. In fact, they played their best game–the 6-2 Game Four rout–here in Tampa. The Canadiens are the better team and we like them to tie the series and send it back to the Bell Centre for Game Seven. As an underdog they look to be a solid value.


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