Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning Game 5 Betting Preview
Montreal was able to keep its season alive with a 3-2 win in Game 4, but the Canadiens have been overmatched in this series. The Canadiens have been a great underdog story in the postseason, but it appears that the magic is running out.
Tampa Bay was an overwhelming favorite in this series, and the Lightning were dominant in the first three games. The Lightning now have a chance to celebrate a Stanley Cup title on home ice on Wednesday night with a win.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are -233 in Game 5 against the Montreal Canadiens.
Some Momentum For Montreal
Not only did the Canadiens pick up a win in Game 4, but they did it by picking up an overtime winner. That will give the Canadiens some momentum for this game, but it will take more than that to win a second straight matchup.
The Canadiens have had a tough time scoring goals all season long, and they don’t have a ton of scoring depth. Nick Suzuki and Tyler Toffoli have combined for 30 postseason points, and the Canadiens need their stars to shine.
Montreal could also use a dominant performance from goaltender Carey Price, and he has done that a few times in the postseason. Price is giving up just over two goals against per game, and he needs to step up on Wednesday night.
Lightning Want to Play Fast
Tampa Bay is comfortable playing slow and letting their goaltender take control, but they have a huge edge in depth in this series. The Lightning are loaded with offensive weapons, and they will look to wear down the Canadiens.
Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point are the two biggest offensive stars for the Lightning, but this team can get scoring from up and down the lineup. Kucherov leads the team with 24 assists and 32 points, while Point has scored a team-high 14 goals.
Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is giving up just two goals per game this postseason, but has given up six goals in the last two games. Tampa Bay needs another dominating performance from their star goalie in Game 5.
Lightning Close Out Canadiens
Montreal is a desperate team, and those teams tend to be dangerous in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Canadiens were able to keep their season alive by winning Game 4, but this will be an even tougher test.
Tampa Bay doesn’t want to head back to Canada, and the home crowd will be ready to celebrate on Wednesday night. Look for the Lightning to take control of this game early, and then continue to fight off a challenge from the Canadiens.
Montreal is not going to give up, and they will keep this interesting until the final buzzer sounds. Bet the Tampa Bay Lightning -233 as they win the game and the series over the Montreal Canadiens.
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