Montreal Canadiens vs TB Lightning Playoff Betting

The Montreal Canadiens will be facing Tampa Bay in the first round of the 2014 NHL playoffs as Canada’s lone hope of winning a Stanley Cup. In this article, we breakdown the betting odds for the Montreal Canadiens vs TB Lightning playoff series, including the odds for Game 1 which takes place on Wednesday, April 16.

The odds makers currently have Montreal as the slight underdogs at (+100), or “even money” odds, to win their opening round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning (-120). Courtesy of Bet365.

  • Montreal Canadiens 4-0 +1200
  • Montreal Canadiens 4-1 +650
  • Montreal Canadiens 4-2 +400
  • Montreal Canadiens 4-3 +450
  • TB Lightning 4-0 +1200
  • TB Lightning 4-1 +500
  • TB Lightning 4-2 +500
  • TB Lightning 4-3 +400

We have written about the Montreal Canadiens chances of winning the Stanley Cup, and they have been one of the hottest teams heading into the 2014 playoffs. It has been looking like they would be facing Tampa Bay for a while, and the teams have been jockeying for home ice advantage during the final games of the regular season.

The Tampa Bay Lightning secured home ice advantage on the final day of regular season play, and are heading into the playoffs with 4 straight wins. However, the team took a major hit when #1 goalie Ben Bishop went down with an elbow injury on April 8 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Bishop is responsible for 37 our of Tampa Bay’s 46 regular season wins. As of now, there has been no word of exactly when Bishop will return, but he will not be ready for Game 1 and most believe he will not be playing in the series against Montreal.

On top of their troubles in between the pipes, the struggling Ryan Malone was charged with driving under the influence and cocaine was found in his possession. Malone had been relegated to the 4th line and was a healthy scratch for Tampa’s last three games of the season. TB head coach John Cooper insists the arrest wont be a distraction to the team, and it is still unclear if Malone will suit up for Game 1, or even play at all in the series.

Montreal vs Tampa Bay H2H Stats

The Tampa Bay Lightning have taken the season series 3-1 and won the last two games against Montreal. It will be interesting to see how Montreal’s highly ranked defense and penalty kill holds up against TB’s offense.

RANK RANK
Canadiens Overall Scoring vs Lightning Overall Defense 2.62 21 2.62 11
Canadiens Road Scoring vs Lightning Home Defense 2.78 10 2.56 14
Canadiens Road PP vs Lightning Home PK 17.27 16 82.09 17
Lightning Overall Scoring vs Canadiens Overall Defense 2.93 8 2.49 6
Lightning Home Scoring vs Canadiens Road Defense 3.17 9 2.76 11
Lightning Home PP vs Canadiens Road PK 19.29 10 85.33 5

Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning Game 1 Betting

The puck drops for Game 1 on Wednesday, April 16th in Tampa Bay at 7:30PM Eastern Time. The odds makers have Montreal as the slight road underdogs at (+110). Bettors in Canada should check out Bet365 for Game 1 betting because they will have etensive betting markets available, including game props and live betting. If you are in Canada and make your first deposit at Bet365, you will receive a 100% deposit bonus up to $200.

Money Line

  • Montreal Canadiens +110
  • Tampa Bay Lightning -130

60 Minute Line

  • Montreal Canadiens +165
  • Draw +300
  • Tampa Bay Lightning +115

Puck Line

  • Montreal Canadiens (+1.5) -275
  • Tampa Bay Lightning (-1.5) +225

Total goals including OT

  • Over (5.0) -110
  • Under (5.0) -110

Double chance 60 mins only

  • Montreal Canadiens and Draw -175
  • Tampa Bay Lightning and Draw -250
  • Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning -450