The Tampa Bay Lightning failed to finish off the Montreal Canadiens in four games. They will try to seal the deal again this Wednesday, with the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals going back to Tampa, where the Bolts have the chance to kiss the Cup.
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Canadiens vs. Lightning Game 5 Information
- When: Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
- Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
- TV: NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS
- Radio: TSN 690 AM (Canadiens) // AM 970 WFLA (Lightning)
- Live Stream: NHL Live
- NHL Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning (-233) / OU: 5.0
Why Bet on the Montreal Canadiens?
The Canadiens were not going to allow Tampa to celebrate with the Stanley Cup in Montreal, at least in Game 4. In any case, at least Montreal has guaranteed itself a non-sweep outcome. Plus, the Habs now have the momentum on their side for the first time since entering the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals.
Defense was a big key for the Canadiens in their 3-2 overtime win in Game 4. Carey Price came to play and the special teams held Tampa Bay scoreless on five chances on the man advantage. After a letdown outing in Game 3, Price rebounded and stopped a total of 32 saves on 34 shots faced.
If the Canadiens are to claw their way out of the deep hole they’re in, they are going to need Price to sustain that level of performance in front of the net. The Canadiens can make his life easier by winning the possession battle, which they obviously didn’t do in Game 4.
Why Bet on the Tampa Bay Lightning?
The good news for the Lightning is the most obvious one: they’re still ahead in the series by a mile. They will also have the home-ice advantage in Game 5, so they won’t have to deal with the rowdy noise of Canadiens fans. As for their play on the ice, the Lightning are in great shape, notwithstanding the loss they absorbed in Game 3. If anything, they’re probably just mad at themselves for failing to complete a sweep.
Tampa outshot the Canadiens last Monday, 34-21, and had far more great looks at the net than Montreal. As long as they are winning the possession battle in that manner, they will just be fine. Andrei Vasilevksiy got outplayed by Price in the last game, but Tampa Bay has all the trust in the world in him that he can recover from that. Vasilevksiy, after all, is 15-7 in the playoffs with a 1.99 GA and .935 SV%.
Canadiens vs. Lightning Betting Trends
- The Canadiens are 10-3 in their last 13 games after just one day of rest.
- The Canadiens are 6-2 in their last eight games when their opponents scored just two goals or fewer in the last game.
- The Canadiens are 9-3 in their last 12 games as the underdog.
- The Lightning are 4-1 in their last five playoff games as the favorite.
- The Lightning are are 4-1 in their last five games.
- The Lightning are 4-1 in their last five games in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Canadiens vs. Lightning Expert Betting Predictions
The Canadiens have avoided a sweep, but they need to be lucky in order for them to win Game 5, based on how the Lightning managed to get so many shots in Game 4. With the series back at home, the Lightning have a golden chance to capture their second Stanley Cup title in a row, and them winning Wednesday night wouldn’t be the most surprising thing to happen.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.