Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens Prediction, NHL Odds

Liam Gilks | Updated Dec 07, 2021

The Habs look for redemption as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first time since losing to them in last year's Stanley Cup final.

Tampa Bay
51-23-3-5
AT
December 07, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Bell Centre
Montreal
22-49-9-2
Puckline -1.5 -105
Moneyline -245
Over / Under o +5.5

93%

Betting Action

7%

Puckline +1.5 -115
Moneyline +203
Over / Under u +5.5

93%

Betting Action

7%

The Lightning are -217 favourites to win on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5.

Lightning vs. Canadiens NHL Betting Odds

This will be the first of three meetings between the Atlantic Division rivals and the only one in Montreal this year. Last year’s Cup final went five games – Tampa won four, outscoring the Canadiens 18-9. The series is still fresh in bettor’s minds as 95 percent are taking Tampa Bay. The Under went 3-2 in the series, but bettors are still liking the Over tonight, giving it 93 percent of the betting action.

The Lightning have covered the spread three games in a row to even their record at 12-12 this season. They are averaging 3.3 goals per game, the seventh-highest rate in the NHL, which has them playing the Over in seven of their past ten.

Montreal has not had any luck against the spread this season, covering in only 10 of their 26 outings and only four times in their past 10. Five of the Habs’ past eight games have hit the Over – giving up an average of four goals per night will do that.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning ran over the Philadelphia Flyers 7-1 on Sunday night to extend their winning streak to three games. Former Canadien forward Corey Perry led the way on offence with a pair of goals and a helper. He now has eight points in his past eight games after having only a point to open the year.

The Bolts have been great on the road this season going 7-2-2 so far. They have a .727 point percentage on the road for third-best in the league.

Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has been almost unbeatable over his past five starts. He has stopped 147 of 154 shots with a 0.955 save percentage, picking up two shutouts and going 4-1 over the stretch.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal came up just short in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators, stretching their losing streak to three. Jake Allen stopped 40 of 44 shots before allowing the game-winning goal with only seconds remaining.

Cole Caufield finished the game with a pair of assists for his first multi-point game of the season.

The Habs lost forwards Josh Anderson and Tyler Toffoli both for at least a couple of weeks on Saturday, as the list of injured Canadiens grows by the game. Jeff Petry and Joel Armia are also both questionable for tonight’s contest.

Two players are expected to make their Canadiens debut tonight, Laurent Dauphin has been called up from Laval, and defenceman Kale Clague, the newest member of the team was picked up off waivers over the weekend.

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