Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 4/17/2014
Friday, April 18, 7:00 PM on CNBC, CBC, RDS, FSFL
Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida
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Montreal went into Tampa Bay in game one Wednesday night and abruptly left with home ice in their hands. This was a big coup in the 2-3-2 days but the 2-2-1-1-1 format gives the home team a better chance at survival. Tampa Bay finds themselves in a must-win situation much sooner than they would've liked but a win Friday is the first step in getting back on track.
To say the Canadiens win came as a shock definitely wouldn't be a stretch as Montreal had led the season series 3-0-1. The Lightning had won the last two meetings in the regular season but taking a closer look shows these teams match up a lot closer than at first glance. For instance 3 of the 4 games the teams played this season went into extra time and Tampa only had 1 more point on the regular season 101-100.
Judging from Wednesday night's first game this could be one of the most entertaining opening postseason series. Oddsmakers made Tampa slight favorites at -110 but the +102 Montreal line indicated a close game. The teams traded goals throughout ending the first at 1-1 and the 2nd period 2-2. The teams traded multiple goals in a highly entertaining 3rd period to enter OT at 4-4. It took 18:08 of overtime before a Dale Wiese goal lifted Montreal to the 5-4 victory and 1-0 series lead until reconvening in Tampa Friday night.
Montreal is 23-18 straight up on the road this season
Montreal is 15-21-5 against the over/under on the road this season
Tampa Bay is 25-16 straight up at home this season
Tampa Bay is 21-17-3 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
04/11/14 C Alex Galchenyuk Knee out indefinitely
03/26/14 LW Travis Moen Concussion out indefinitely
10/12/13 D Brian Lee Knee out indefinitely
04/17/14 LW Ondrej Palat Upper Body questionable
04/13/14 LW Ryan Malone Legal problems doubtful Friday vs Montreal
04/09/14 GO Ben Bishop Elbow expected to miss 3 weeks
Guy's Pick: Take Tampa Bay
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