The Tampa Bay Lightning just need one more win to become back-to-back Stanley Cup champions. They could make that accomplishment even sweeter if they could sweep the Montreal Canadiens with a win on Monday. Will the Bolts go 4-0? Or will the Habs force a Game 5? Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 4 on July 5, 2021
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal
When: Friday, July 5, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Tampa Bay Lightning (-1.5)
Regular Season Record: 36-17-3
The Lightning are just too much for the Canadiens, and that has been made very clear again in Game 3, with Tampa Bay scoring a 6-3 win. This time, it was Tyler Johnson’s turn to shine, as he buried two goals, while Nikita Kucherov was in his top form again, with a goal and an assist. Ondrej Palat added to the production of the top line with two assists. Meanwhile, Victor Hedman and Jan Ruttan represented the defensemen with a goal apiece. It was an astounding display of why the Lightning can still win decisively even when their usually dependable Andrei Vasilevskiy isn’t playing well. Vasilevskiy gave up three goals on 35 shots faced, and he will look to come up with a much better performance in Game 4. Nevertheless, the Bolts have their full trust in their goalie to deliver the goods on Monday.
The Lighting are 6-1 in their last seven Stanley Cup Finals games.
Betting on the Montreal Canadiens (+1.5)
Regular Season Record: 24-21-1
The Canadiens must be lauded for reaching this far in the playoffs. But hey, it’s not over yet, and any eulogies for their season should be put aside until the Lightning have completed their job. Unlike in the first two games of the series, the Canadiens saw their offense score more than just a goal in Game 3. Phillip Danault, Nick Suzuki, and Corey Perry each scored for the Habs, who will look to build on that offensive performance. Unfortunately for the Canadiens, Carey Price disappointed once again in front of the net. Price allowed five goals on 29 shots faced. He’s been struggling between the pipes in this series, and the Canadiens definitely need him to be at his absolute best the rest of the way if they are to pull off at least a win in this series. One thing about the Canadiens is that they continue to outshoot the Lightning. They had 35 shots on goal in Game 3 to just 30 by Tampa Bay.
The Canadiens are 5-1 in their last six home games.
The Lightning win, 3-2.
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