In a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup finals, the Montreal Canadiens are hosting the reigning champions Tampa Bay Lightning in Bell Centre in Montreal, QB on December 7, 2021.
- Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning
- NHL – Regular season
- Date – 07/12/2021
- Starting time – 7 PM ET
- Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, QB
Montreal Canadiens Stats & Form
The Montreal Canadiens are having their worst season in a while as they are at the rock bottom of the Eastern Conference with a 6-17-3 record. Dominique Ducharme’s team has lost the last three games and nine of the last 11. They started the month of December with a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche followed by a 4-3 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators with a goal 11 seconds of the end of the extra period.
Jake Allen made 40 saves and Nick Suzuki, Christian Dvorak and Brett Kulak scored for Montreal. Cole Caufield had a pair of assists for the Canadiens. The Canadiens are 2-4-1 against the rest of their division. Montreal is seventh in the Eastern Conference with 29.5 shots per game and is averaging 2.3 goals.
Josh Anderson leads the Canadiens with seven goals and has 13 points. Christian Dvorak has four goals and three assists over the last 10 games for Montreal.
Montreal Canadiens News
As things are not bad enough for Montreal, they are having seven unavailable players for the game against the Lightning. Brendan Gallagher and Sami Niku are positive on Covid-19 while Josh Anderson, Paul Byron, Joel Edmundson, Jeff Petry and Carey Price are all injured.
Tampa Bay Lightning Stats & Form
The reigning NHL champions Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t have the best start of the season losing four of the first six games but have regrouped recently and now are standing third in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 15-5-4 record.
Currently, the Lightning are on a three-game winning streak starting the five-game road trip pretty well. In their last game, the Lightning dominated the Philadelphia Flyer winning by 7-1. Corey Perry had two goals and an assist and Ryan McDonagh scored and had a pair of assists to lead the Lightning.
Mathieu Joseph, Taylor Raddysh, Boris Katchouk and Pat Maroon also scored for the Lightning, who won their ninth of the last 12. Victor Hedman had three assists to boost his team-leading total to 21. Backup goalie Brian Elliott made 38 saves. The Lightning are 4-2-1 against the rest of their division. Tampa Bay is seventh in the NHL recording 8.8 points per game, averaging 3.3 goals and 5.5 assists. Victor Hedman leads the Lightning with a plus-nine in 24 games this season. Steven Stamkos has seven assists over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay Lightning News
Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point and Brent Seabrook are definitely out for the Lightning tonight while Erik Cernak is questionable.
Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning Head-to-Head Stats
The Tampa Bay Lightning have dominated the Montreal Canadiens in recent years winning eight of their last nine matchups. The only Canadiens win was in overtime when Tampa bay visited Montreal last year. Three of their last five and six of their last ten matchups have been under 5.5 goals.
Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning are favorite to win on Tuesday with -118 odds to do so while the Montreal Canadiens are at 244. The draw is set at 352.
The total goals margin is set at 5.5 with -114 to go over and -109 for under.
The Canadiens are in a state of emergency since they are at the bottom of the conference but they won’t be able to do much when the reigning champions are visiting the town. Tampa Bay is a much better team and has started the road trip with two consecutive wins. Adding the Lightning’s winning tradition against the Canadiens it will be all Tampa Bay on Tuesday night in Montreal.