Preview: Lightning vs Canadiens
Date: November 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm est
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction
Now in the Atlantic Division the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens will try to create a new rivalry. Just don’t count on it, especially with Steven Stamkos sidelined at least 4 months due to a broken tibia.
The loss of Stamkos is a HUGE blow to Tampa Bay but this is a real test for this organization. What I believe GM Steve Yzerman should do is go out and make a trade as soon as possible. Something has to happen for the Bolts because without Stamkos they are not going to score.
On top of Stamkos’ brutal injury, the Lightning also saw their four game winning streak come to an end in Boston.
Tampa only holds a one point lead in the divison and only 2 points separate them from first and fourth. They faced divisional rivals Boston yesterday and now will face another divisional foe tonight, Montreal.
This upcoming week was going to determine where Tampa stands in the division but we already know where it’s heading without Stamkos.
The Habs ended a four game losing streak by earning a 4-2 victory over the Islanders on Sunday. But everyone is beating the Islanders these days.
They are expected to get Danny Briere and Alexi Emelin back in the lineup. Briere’s presence alone should boost the offense and coming back against an awful Bolts defense may just be the medicine the doctor ordered for Briere.
Who’s hot: Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has a five game points streak (one goal, five assists).
Injury report: Besides Stamkos, the Lightning are also expected to be without defensemen Keith Aulie (upper body) and Sami Salo (lower body), who were also injured Monday. Defensemen Mattias Ohlund (knee), Brian Lee (knee) and forward Tom Pyatt (collarbone) are on injured reserve.
Briere is questionable for Montreal, while Emelin is more likely to make his season debut this weekend. Left wing Brandon Prust (upper body) and defenseman Davis Drewiske (shoulder surgery) are out.
Tampa Bay Lightning – Ben Bishop (confirmed)
Montreal Canadiens – Carey Price (confirmed)
This is a small pick and will be documented on our overall NHL record.
First game without Stamkos and it’s hard to predict how the Bolts are going to play without their super star. I doubt they will be feeling sorry for themselves and I expect them to step up to the plate. As for the Habs, they’re slumping and they are way too big of a favorite tonight. -180 for the Habs sets them up for a loss tonight. A classic Vegas trap…
The odds are very juicy for the Bolts and we are going to back them, it’s hard to believe a first place team in the division will just lay down and lose to a divisional “rival” tonight.
Tampa Bay Lightning +165 to win $165
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