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Leigh Copson 01 Jul 2021
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Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens Predictions & Tips

Tampa Bay can take another step towards back-to-back Stanley Cups in Game 3.

Montreal were much improved in Game 2, but the Lightning showed the quality all championship-winning teams need – play poorly, still win.

The Lightning have been good at grinding out low-scoring wins on the road in the playoffs.

With two talented goalies on show we could see that trend continue as Tampa improve to 3-0.

  • Tampa Bay Lightning are the defending Stanley Cup champions
  • Tampa Bay Lightning are 6-3 on the road in the playoffs
  • Tampa Bay Lightning's 14 playoff wins have all come in regulation time
  • 8 of Tampa Bay Lightning’s 9 road games have produced -5.5 total goals
  • Tampa Bay Lightning have won 11 of the last 12 meetings with Montreal Canadiens
  • Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has a .939 save percentage in the playoffs
  • Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price has a .926 save percentage in the playoffs

Head To Head

  • Tampa Bay Lightning lead the all-time series 61-54-6
  • Tampa Bay Lightning lead the all-time playoff series 10-6

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.

Tampa made it back-to-back wins in very different circumstances in Game 2 as Andrei Vasilevskiy made 42 saves and Blake Coleman scored a crucial buzzer-beating goal in a 3-1 win.

The Lightning will now aim to take a 3-0 lead with victory in the first game of a double-header in Montreal.

They could be without Alex Killorn, who is considered day-to-day for ‘undisclosed’ reasons, but will definitely be without Anders Nilsson (concussion) and Marian Gaborik (back).

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 now find themselves once again behind the 8 Ball after defeat in Game 2.

The Canadiens produced a much better showing in the second game of the Stanley Cup Finals, but they came up against an inspired goalie and it was the biggest reason that they lost 3-1.

Montreal return home for Game 3 and the will be desperate to get their first win on the board.

They do have Joel Armia back after he cleared COVID-19 protocols to feature in Game 2, but Jonathan Drouin (personal) remains absent.

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Tampa Bay have shown they can win impressively and they can win ugly through the first two games.

The Lightning have been solid on the road in the postseason too, so we could see them take Game 3 in Montreal.

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