The NHL season resumes after a protracted Christmas break. The current Stanley Cup winners Tampa hockey players did not start the regular season in the best way, but by the end of December the team had regained its former positions in the Eastern Conference (1st place, 44 points).
As before, the leaders of the Lightning attack group, Braden Point and Nikita Kucherov, cannot go out on the ice. Another problem is the goalkeeper’s. Andrei Vasilevsky and his understudy Brian Elliott will not be able to take part in the match. Nevertheless, bookmakers consider Tampa to be the clear favorite of the upcoming meeting. You can bet on the home team to win with a coefficient 1.59…
Tampa beat Montreal in the 2021 playoffs but have parted ways since then. “Canadiens” fail the new season, closing the standings of the East (17 points).
If hockey players “Lightning” won 4 of the last 5 matches, then the Canadian club only on December 17 managed to interrupt a long streak of defeats, defeating Philadelphia on their site (3: 2 B).
Montreal also has enough staffing problems. Goalkeepers Cary Price and Jake Allen, defender Jeff Petrie and Joel Edmundson, strikers Josh Anderson, Mike Hoffman, Christian Dvorak cannot play. You can bet on “Tampa” with a handicap of -1.5 washers with a coefficient 1.85…
Most likely, in this match the gates of both teams will be defended by the third goalkeepers of the teams – Maxim Legas and Samuel Montembo. This suggests that the match in Florida will be productive. You can bet on the total total over 5.5 washers with the odds 1.57…
Forecast and rate
I’ll put on a clean win for Tampa… Even playing in a sub-optimal lineup, John Cooper’s team must cope with an outsider.