2021-07-08
Montreal Canadiens
Tampa Bay Lightning
League : NHL

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The Montreal Canadiens will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning for game five of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Canadiens finished the season with a record of 24-21-11. The Lightning finished the season with a record of 32-17-7. The Lightning lead the series 3-1. 

Canadiens Stay Alive

Montreal won game four 3-2 in overtime of the Cup Finals to stay alive and avoid being swept. Josh Anderson scored two goals, including the overtime winner. Alexander Romanov scored Montreal’s other goal. Carey Price was sharp in net, stopping 32 out of 34 shots faced.

 

 

 

Offense was mediocre this season for Montreal and struggled in games 1-4 in the series against Toronto. They scored two goals or less in each of the first four games in round one. They performed better in games five, six, and seven, scoring three goals or more in each of the three games. They continued to play well in round two against the Winnipeg Jets. They scored three goals or more in three out of the four games in round two to sweep the Jets. In round three, they played a very tough Vegas Golden Knights team but defeated them in six games. Montreal scored three goals or more in five out of the six games against the Knights. They scored just one goal in games one and two of the Stanley Cup Finals. Montreal scored three goals in games three and four. The Habs ended the season ranking 17th in goals per game and seventh in shots per game. Jeff Petry was tied for third among defensemen in the league with 12 goals this season. Tyler Toffoli was seventh in goals in the NHL this year.

Defense and goaltending struggled at the end of the season but were very good in the first round of the playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Carey Price took over the series against Toronto. He held the high powered offense to two goals or less in games six and seven. He was the main reason Montreal came back from a 3-1 series deficit to defeat Toronto in seven games. Price continued to play well in round two against the Jets. He allowed two goals or less in three out of the four games in the second round. Price was outstanding in round three against the Golden Knights. He allowed two goals or less in five out of the six games. Price has struggled in Stanley Cup Finals. He has allowed three goals or more in three out of four games against the Lightning. The Habs ended the season ranking 18th in goals against per game and sixth in shots against per game. Carey Price had a record of 12-7-5 with a 2.64 GAA and a .901 SV% this season.

 

Lightning Fail to Sweep Canadiens

The Lighting lost game four 3-2 in overtime and were unable to sweep the Canadiens and win the Cup. Pat Maroon and Barclay Goodrow each scored a goal. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 18 out of 21 shots faced.

 

Offense was rolling all season for the Lightning and that continued in the first round against the Florida Panthers. The Lightning scored three goals or more in five out of six games against the Panthers in round one. They did not perform great in round two despite beating the Hurricanes in five games. They scored two goals in three out of five games. Tampa only scored more than three goals in just one game in round two. Their offensive woes continued in round three against the Islanders. They scored three goals or more in two out of the seven games in the third round. Offense came alive in the Cup Finals. They have scored three goals or more in three out of four games against the Canadiens. The team finished the season ranking ninth in goals per game and 10th in shots per game. Brayden Point lead the team with 48 points during the season. Victor Hedman finished the season tied for third in points and fourth in assists among defensemen in the league.

Defense and goaltending were excellent for the Lightning this season and they have continued to perform well in the playoffs. They gave up two goals or less in three out of six games against a high powered Florida offense. Tampa Bay gave up two goals or less in four out of five games against the Hurricanes in round two. Goaltending was the main reason they were able to defeat the Canes in five games. Defense and goaltending continued to shine in the third round against the Islanders. They gave up two goals or less in five out of seven games. Continuing to roll in the Cup Finals, the Lightning have allowed three goals or less in all four games. The team finished the season ranking sixth in goals against per game and ninth in shots against per game. Andrei Vasilevskiy had a 31-10-1 record with a 2.21 GAA and a .925 SV% this season. He has started every playoff game and has been excellent.







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