Canadiens vs Lightning Prediction - NHL Picks 12/31/23

Tampa Bay Lightning (17-14-5) vs Montreal Canadiens (15-13-5)

Game Info: Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

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

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The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning face off on Sunday in an NHL showdown at Amalie Arena. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Canadiens vs Lightning prediction.

Canadiens Coming Off Another Loss

The Canadiens have really struggled this season and they are coming off another loss in the last game. On Saturday, the Canadiens faced off against the Florida Panthers, and they scored only a goal and that led to the three goal defeat. Cole Caufield scored the only goal for the Canadiens. The Canadiens are averaging 2.74 goals while their defnese is giving up 3.37 goals per game. The offense is ranked 27th in the league and it hasn’t been good enough overall. Montreal Needs to find a way to get the offense going here. The Canadiens will face the Stars after this game.

Lightning Defense Struggled on Saturday

The Lightning faced off against the New York Rangers on Saturday and they really looked awful. The defense gave up five goals and that was the difference as they were defeated by four goals. The Lightning overall this season are averaging 3.24 goals while their defense is giving up 3.46 goals per game. The offense is ranked 14th in the league while the defense is ranked 27th. In this game the Lightning are going to need to find a way to get the offense going and put the pressure on the Canadiens. 

Canadiens vs Lightning Betting Prediction

Both offenses really struggled on Saturday and it’s going to be no different in this game. The Canadiens offense is averaging only 2.74 goals per game and they are going to really struggle here. The Lighting’s offense is also going to struggle here like they did on Saturday and that is going to be the difference here as this game is going to be lower scoring. Back the under to cash here. This is one of my favorite plays on the board. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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