With Game 1 of the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Finals going down live from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., on Monday night, a trio of NHL odds picks are all offering stunning value in the BetUS online sportsbook right now.
Will the favored and defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning take care of business in Game 1 thanks to their high-powered offense? Will the surprising Canadiens pull off another upset in what has been a postseason full of them?
Let’s find out what the likely scenario is for both clubs as we get set to kick off a brand new week.
Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning
When: Monday, 8 p.m. ET
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
TV: NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
Radio: 970 WFLA, TSN 690 – 98.5FM
Tampa Bay -210
Montreal +1½ (-165)
Tampa Bay -1½ (+145)
The Canadiens are 6-1 in their last seven road games.
The Canadiens are 11-2 in their last 13 overall.
Under is 3-0-4 in Canadiens’ last seven overall.
Under is 2-0-2 in Canadiens’ last four road games.
Score in First 9½ Minutes of Game
Analysis: Tampa Bay saw a goal scored twice inside the 9½-minute mark in their seven-game semifinal round series against the New York Islanders. Montreal also saw a goal scored two times in its six-game semifinal win over Vegas. The Canadiens and Lightning have two of hockey’s best netminders in Carey Price and Andrei Vasilevskiy and I believe we’re going to see a cautious “feeling out” process early on in Game 1. Go with the “No” selection here.
Pick: Score in First 9½ Minutes – No
The Lightning are 48-19 in their last 67 home games.
The Lightning are 9-4 in their last 13 vs. NHL.
Under is 8-1-2 in Lightning’s last 11 games following a win.
Under is 9-3-2 in Lightning’s last 14 overall.
Race to Two Goals
Tampa Bay Lightning -170
Analysis: I wouldn’t put a bunch of guesswork into this pick, NHL betting enthusiasts. Tampa Bay has the more explosive offense and a goaltender in Vasilevskiy that is stopping everything thrown his way. The superstar netminder has a jaw-dropping 1.99 goals against average and Montreal was held to a lone goal twice in the semis against Vegas.
Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning -170
The Canadiens are 0-6 in the last six meetings in Tampa Bay.
The Canadiens are 0-4 in the last four meetings.
Under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Tampa Bay.
Home team is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
Favorite is 14-3 in the last 17 meetings.
Canadiens by 1 +350
Lightning by 1 +210
Lightning by 2 +450
Analysis: In keeping with the aforementioned theme of Tampa Bay having the more explosive offense and better goaltender, I’ve got the Lightning winning by a pair of goals in Game 1 to send a clear message to Montreal. However, I wouldn’t be all that surprised to see the Habs keep it closer and turn this into a one-goal finish. I like the two-goal pick here, but the Lightning by one is also offering a decent return for your money.