Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens Game 3 Odds
The Montreal Canadiens are not off to the start they were hoping for when they envisioned their Stanley Cup Finals appearance. Down 2-0 with their backs against the wall, things aren’t looking good for the Habs. But, the series heads back home for Game 3 and it may be just the boost they’re looking for.
Game 1 was an ugly 5-1 loss in Tampa Bay that saw the Lightning score the final three goals of the game, all of which came in the third period, after the Canadiens got it ot within one in the second period.
In Game 2, a scoreless first period led to trading goals in the second before an empty net goal gave the lightning a 3-1 win and a 2-0 advantage in the series.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens Game 3 Moneyline Odds
Tampa Bay Lightning -136
Montreal Canadiens +120
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens Game 3 Puck Line
Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5 @ +210
Montreal Canadiens +1.5 @ -230
Tampa Bay Lightning Preview
Last year’s Stanley Cup champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning are trying to become the first back-to-back champs since the Penguins did it no too long ago in 2016 and 2017. This postseason, the Lightning have made short work of the Panthers and Hurricanes before they battled the Islanders in a 7-game series in the semifinals.
Nikita Kucherov continues to be the best player on the ice for the Lightning, leading the team with 30 postseason points. He put up two goals and an assist in Game 1 before being kept off the score sheet in Game 2.
Ryan McDonagh leads the Lightning in postseason +/- at +14 in his 20 games played, but the real story has been goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. Vasilevskiy has started every single postseason game for the Lightning, tallying a .939 save percentage, a 1.89 GAA and racking up a 14-6 record.
Montreal Canadiens Preview
The Montreal Canadiens have the most Stanley Cup titles ever for a franchise, winning 24 so far. They also have almost double the amount of Stanley Cups as the team with the second most, the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have 13. But, it’s been a long time since the Canadiens have hoisted The Cup.
The Canadiens have not won a Stanley Cup since 1993, when they defeated the Kings. The city of Montreal is starved for a championship to return, and this looked like it may be the year, but the first two games of the Stanley Cup have not been kind to them.
Like Tampa, the Canadiens have been led by their goaltender, as teams often are in the postseason. Veteran Carey Price has stood on his head with a 2.22 GAA and .926 save percentage. But, he needs some help if they’re going to mount a comeback here.
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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens Game 3 Key Information
Date: July 2
Time: 8pm ET
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens Game 3 TV Channel & Live Stream
TV Channel: NBC
Live Stream: NBC Sports App
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens Prediction
Lightning ML @ -136