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  • Canadiens-Lightning to start 01:00 BST (Thursday) at Amelie Arena in Tampa, Florida
  • Tampa Bay ran out 5-1 winners in Game 1
  • Lightning tipped to cover in Game 2 victory
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Leigh Copson 29 Jun 2021
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Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning Predictions & Tips

Tampa Bay can take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Lightning rode a third-period surge to a 5-1 win over Montreal in Game 1, covering at home once again.

We could see that trend continue as they take Game 2 before heading out on the road for Games 3 & 4.

  • Tampa Bay Lightning are the defending Stanley Cup champions
  • Tampa Bay Lightning are 7-3 at home in the playoffs
  • Tampa Bay Lightning's 13 playoff wins have all come in regulation time
  • Tampa Bay Lightning have won 10 of the last 11 meetings with Montreal Canadiens
  • Tampa Bay Lightning have covered -1.5 in 6 of their 7 home wins in the playoffs

Head To Head

  • Tampa Bay Lightning lead the all-time series 60-54-6
  • Tampa Bay Lightning lead the all-time playoff series 9-6

Montreal Canadiens Form

Montreal came back from the brink against Toronto to stun the Maple Leafs in Round 1, and then swept Winnipeg in four games in Round 2.

They topped those series wins with a 4-2 semi-final success against Vegas that saw them win twice on the road.

Goalie Carey Price played a starring role as he emerged from the series with a .934 save percentage in the postseason.

Price was powerless to prevent Tampa Bay from running away with Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals however.

He conceded three times in the final period as the Lightning recorded a 5-1 victory, and Montreal will be eager to bounce back in Game 2 before returning home.

Joel Armia has cleared COVID-19 protocols and is available for Game 2, but Jonathan Drouin (personal) remains sidelined.

Tampa Bay Lightning Form

Tampa Bay made fairly straightforward work of Florida 4-2 and Carolina 4-1 to make it into the semi-finals, but New York proved to be a tough nut to crack.

The Lightning went seven games with the Islanders and when they finally clinched they did it in the tightest of fashions, winning 1-0.

They have made a decent start to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals though, with Nikita Kucherov playing a key role.

Kucherov scored twice and set up another as the Lightning ran out 5-1 winners, with three of Tampa’s goals coming in an emphatic third-period performance.

They will now look to make it back-to-back wins before heading to Montreal for the next two games.

Kucherov will be good to go again having clearly overcome his recent injury problem, but Anders Nilsson (concussion) and Marian Gaborik (back) remain out indefinitely.

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Tampa taught Montreal a lesson with their commanding victory in Game of the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Canadiens should come back fighting, but the Lightning may simply be too good for them in Game 2.

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