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NHL Wagering: Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

NHL wagering December 30 includes what appears at first glance to be a hockey betting mismatch between the Canadiens and Lightning.

NHL wagering rules of success, however, include to never over pay for any team or any situation as there is never a sure thing in hockey bettingNHL wagering students can find the perfect example of that golden rule with the Montreal Canadiens.

The Habs had a straight up record of a strong 18-9-2-4 straight up but were just 12-21 against the hockey gambling odds.  The reason for such a NHL wagering disparity is because Montreal is one of the most popular and public teams on the NHL wagering board.

The oddsmakers frequently get overloaded with NHL wagering action on the Canadiens and, as a result, the hockey betting price for the Habs gets inflated BEYOND reasonable and true value in order to direct some NHL wagering traffic to their opponents.

As a result, a hockey betting loss on Montreal is usually quite expensive and it can take several successful wagers to make up for a single loss.  Montreal’s NHL wagering strength is their 5th ranked defense.

Goaltenders Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak have posted near identical numbers on the board and have been as good a tandem as there is in NHL wagering.  Robert Lang led the Canadiens in goals with 11 and Alexei Kovalev was Montreal’s leading scorer with 26 points.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been a virtual NHL train wreck since the start of the season when they fired new coach Barry Melrose after less than one month of action.  Tampa Bay has fared no better since sending Melrose back to ESPN and had an overall record of 9-16-3-6 straight up and 15-19 against the hockey gambling odds.

Tampa Bay’s offense is a significant NHL wagering liability as it was ranked 30th.  Their power play was a poor 25th overall.  Tampa Bay has not been a strong NHL wagering home team as they won just 3 out of 15 games on home ice.  Vincent Lecavalier has led the team in scoring as he wastes his talent on a non-contender. has the Habs and Lightning for you, so sign up now!