Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning NHL hockey pick prediction tonight May 12th 2015 from Pucking Hockey
The Canadiens shouldn’t even be down in this series, they have been the better team thus far and in my opinion the overall better team. Carey Price has been outstanding these playoffs as has Ben Bishop. However, the Lightning have yet to run Price out of the net as the Habs did to Ben Bishop last game in a 6-2 blowout victory.
As much as I love my American born players, Carey Price is the better goaltender and Montreal’s defense is better. In terms of offense, I think both teams are equally built. However, if Stamkos could find a way to create space for himself, this Bolt’s offense is much more lethal.
Not only have the Canadiens’ shut out Stamkos, they have pretty much shut out this whole Tampa lineup. The confidence is there and this team will not abort from their game plan that was set in motion before game 1. Despite the 2-3 hole, their system has been paying off.
Although the Habs are down 2-3 in the series, the pressure is all on Tampa. Can they get over the hump and out play the Canadiens in just one game this series? They have practically 2 chances to close them out but from what I am seeing, the Canadiens are much more confident.
Pacioretty finally woke up and he is just another force the Lightning now have to keep their eye on.
A big blow to Tampa’s offense is the loss of Ryan Callahan. I don’t think he has played all that well in this series, there were times I hardly saw him on the ice. So in my opinion his absence won’t be a big deal but when you lose a player like Callahan, things go south real fast.
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As I mentioned, the pressure is on Tampa not Montreal. The Canadiens’ have out played the Lightning in this series and I expect it to continue, eventually leading to a game 7 victory advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. I recommend making a small wager on the Canadiens tonight, as they are a very valued road underdog.
Montreal Canadiens +133 ($100)
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