These are my predictions for Saturday night’s game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
My first advantage goes to the Tamapa Bay Lightning because they are up 2-1 in the season series versus the Habs. In the first game between these two teams this season, the Lightning won 4-0. The second game ended 5-1 for the Canadiens. And the last game the Lightning won 4-3.
Both teams have 37 points but the Habs have played one more game than the Lightning. I told my dad that the Habs had an advantage in the game against Tampa Bay because the Habs were playing at the Bell Centre with their home crowd, but my dad (eds. note: that old cynic!) disagreed and said that the Habs had a bad record at home which is true. Their record at home is 6-7-6 but the Lightning have a record of 6-14-3 when they play away from their home arena and the Habs have momentum coming off that 7-3 win at home against the Winninpeg Jets.
Another advantage for the Canadiens is that the Lightning are on a 2 game losing streak so they have less momentum for the game. But an advantage for the Lightning is that they have Steven Stamkos who has 45 points, 5th in the league and 28 goals, 1st in the league. My final prediction for the game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning is that the Habs will win 4-2.
P.S. Here’s the Lars Eller penalty shot goal.