Hockey bet handicappers continue to be amazed at the Tampa Bay Lightning as they are one of the biggest surprises in 2010-11 and a near certain bet hockey playoff team.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night with a starting time of 7 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this matchup so be sure and open your account today as this game has significant Eastern Conference playoff implications.
Montreal had a record of 33-23-4-3 to remain in the top 6 of the Eastern Conference standings. The Habs were just 13-15-1 with the hockey gambling odds on the road, however, and went over the total just 6 times out of 28 away games.
Montreal’s offense was slumping badly and ranked 24th in the NHL for goal scoring while their defense was solid and ranked 11th for goals against. Tomas Plekanec led Montreal with 20 goals and 29 assists while Brian Gionta had 22 goals. Carey Price had a 2.41 goals against average with 28 wins and 6 shutouts.
Tampa Bay has continued their astounding leadership of the Southeast Division standings over the highly favored Washington Capitals. The Lightning were 36-18-3-4 overall and a very impressive 21-7-1-3 with the hockey lines at home. Tampa Bay went over the total in 18 of 32 home games.
Offense is what makes the Lightning strike as they ranked 6th in the NHL for goal scoring while the defense lagged with a ranking of 25th for goals against. Steven Stamkos has emerged as the newest superstar in the NHL with a whopping 41 goals and 37 assists including 16 power play goals.
Veteran Martin St. Louis had 23 goals and 50 assists. Steve Yzerman has worked wonders in his first year on the job as general manager and is a leading contender for Executive of the Year.
Montreal has paid out in just 2 of their last 6 visits to Tampa Bay and has lost their last two games at the St. Pete Forum. The series has stayed under the hockey bet total in 5 of the last 6 matchups at Tampa Bay including the last 3 straight.