Canadiens vs Lightning Prediction - NHL Picks 3/18/23

Tampa Bay Lightning (41-22-6) vs Montreal Canadiens (27-36-6)

Game Info: Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -400 / Montreal Canadiens +295 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning face off on Saturday in an NHL showdown at Amalie Arena. When these two teams faced off on December 28th it was the Lightning that secured the 4-1 victory. 

Canadiens Betting Preview

The Canadiens come into this game with a 27-36-6 record and they have gone 13-9-3 away from home. In the last game against the Florida Panthers, the Canadiens scored five goals, but the defense gave up nine goals and they lost. Two games ago against the Pittsburgh Penguins they won 6-4. Montreal is averaging 2.77 goals while their defense is giving up 3.69 goals per game. The offense is ranked 28th in the league while the defense is ranked 28th. Nick Suzuki has scored 21 goals and added 30 assists. 

Lightning Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is the Lightning who sit with a 41-22-6 record overall and they have gone 24-6-5 away from home. On Thursday the Lightning faced off against the New Jersey Devils and they were able to secure a 4-3 victory in a shootout. Tampa Bay is averaging 3.45 goals while their defense is giving up 3.01 goals per game. The offense is ranked 7th in the league while the defense is ranked 15th. Nikita Kucherov has scored 27 goals and added 70 assists. 

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Canadiens vs Lightning Trends

The Canadiens are 1-4 in their last five games on Saturday. The over is 6-1 in the Canadiens last seven games overall. The over is 7-1 in the Canadiens last eight games against the Eastern Conference. The over is 5-0 in Canadiens last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation. 

Shane’s Free Pick

The Canadiens defense has been awful all season giving up 3.69 goals per game and they are going to really struggle to defend again in this game. Look for the Lightning to score four or five goals here, and that is going to be the difference as Tampa Bay is going to get the job done. Back the Lightning -1.5 to cash. 

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Shane’s Pick Lightning -1.5

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