Montreal lost for a third straight game in going down to a 3-1 defeat on the road at the Carolina Hurricanes on New Year’s Eve.
The Canadiens goal came from Max Domi, who scored for the seventh straight game, while Charlie Lindgren made 33 saves in his first start of the season for Montreal.
The Canadiens average 3.28 Goals per Game (GPG), while they have allowed 3.26 (GA). Tomas Tatar has 16 goals and 35 points, while Phillip Danault has provided 20 assists. They are 8-8-3 on home-ice.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay finally seem to be back to something approaching the form one has come to expect of them, with their current four-game winning streak being their best run of the season.
That streak came under serious pressure as they trailed 4-1 on the road at the Buffalo Sabres on New Year’s Eve, before rallying to win 6-4.
It was a good team performance, with Alex Killorn having two goals and an assist, Tyler Johnson added a goal and two assists and there was also a goal and an assist apiece from Ondrej Palat and Anthony Cirelli. Kevin Shattenkirk also scored, while Andrei Vasilevskiy made 18 saves.
The Lightning are averaging 3.51 GPG, while they are allowing 3.14 (GA). Brayden Point has 15 goals, Nikita Kucherov has recorded 40 points and Victor Hedman has registered 28 assists. They are 9-6-2 on the road.
Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Lines & Prediction
With the Tampa Bay Lightning looking back to somewhere near their best and the Canadiens struggling somewhat, Lightning have to be the tips to win here.