Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 2 Betting Preview
Montreal has been the biggest story all postseason long as they have pulled off three straight upsets to get to this point. The Canadiens stunned the Vegas Golden Knights in the semifinals, but they have their work cut out for them now.
Tampa Bay is the defending Stanley Cup champion, and this team has what it takes to win the title again. The Lightning have been dominant throughout the postseason, and they don’t want to give up the home-ice advantage.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are -215 on the money line in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Canadiens Must Find Offense
Montreal averaged just 2.77 goals per game during the regular season and managed to score just one goal in the series opener. The Canadiens are never going to be a great offensive team, but they have to at least get to three goals.
Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with five goals and nine assists during this playoff run, but that’s just not enough production. The Canadiens will need to change up the game plan and create more scoring opportunities.
Goaltender Carey Price has carried Montreal up to this point, but he was no match for Tampa Bay in Game 1. Price will be better on Wednesday night, but Montreal must score.
Vasilevskiy Leading Lightning
Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has allowed less than two goals per game this postseason, and he was sharp in the series opener. If Vasilevskiy continues to shut down the Canadiens attack, then his team is able to take more chances.
Nikita Kucherov has been the best offensive player for Tampa Bay in the playoffs, but he has gotten some help. Kucherov had two goals and an assist in the series opener, and he now has 31 points in the postseason.
These two players will likely be competing for the Conn Smythe Trophy this postseason, but Tampa Bay still has so many other weapons. There is a reason that this team won the Stanley Cup a season ago.
Lightning Can’t Be Stopped
Montreal came into this series as a pretty big underdog, and Game 1 of this series was not all that close. Tampa Bay wasted little time in asserting its dominance, and the Lightning will be looking to use the same formula in Game 2 of the series.
The Canadiens just are not a very strong offensive team, and they can’t rely on Carey Price to carry them against Tampa Bay. The Lightning are a team that is loaded with offensive weapons, and they are going to take advantage of every opportunity given to them.
Bet the Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5 as they win this game by at least two goals to take a 2-0 series lead.
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