Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens
NHL Hockey Pick: Tampa Bay -130
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The Canadiens have gotten off to a great start (3-0) to the season. The three times they started 4-0? They won the Stanley Cup all three times. I don’t think this year’s team is going to win the Cup, nor do I expect them to start 4-0.
The Canadiens swept the Lightning in the playoffs last year. That should provide some added motivation for the home team tonight.
True, they’re 3-0 to start the year. However, the Habs have been quite fortunate – winning games that they were trailing, twice via the shootout.
The Lightning didn’t have Bishop in goal when they faced the Canadiens last year. He’s back and he’s had a history of success vs. Montreal. In fact, he’s 3-0-1 his last four against the Canadiens, posting a dominant 0.94 GAA in those games. For his career, he’s 5-1-2 with a 1.30 GAA against them.
As coach Cooper noted: “With Bish in there, it definitely helps us. We’ve been a pretty good team with him in the net so it should be fun.”