Don't miss out on the NHL showdown between the Canadiens and Lightning. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Lightning at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 6.5 goals, and the Lightning are favored to win at home against the Canadiens.


The Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5

This game will be played at Amalie Arena at 7:00 ET on Sunday, December 31st.


  • Even though they are 1.5 goal underdogs, we see the Canadiens winning this game by a score of 4-3.
  • We like the Canadiens on the moneyline (+191)
  • The Canadiens are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Is a Road Win Possible for the Canadiens?

This season, the Canadiens have an overall record of 15-15-5. On the road, Montreal holds a 8-6-3 mark, and they are 7-9-2 when playing at home. Their current record places them 6th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 13th in the Eastern conference.

Regarding the puck line, Montreal comes in with a 21-14 record. On the road against the puck line, they are 11-6, while their home record is 10-8. This season, Montreal's games are averaging 6.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.3. The Canadiens currently have an over/under record of 17-17-1.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Montreal has an puck line record of 1-2 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.

On the offensive side, the Canadiens are scoring an 2.7 goals per game this season, ranking 28th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 26th in the league. Montreal's offense comes into the game ranked 15th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 16th in the NHL.

Montreal's current leading scorer is Nick Suzuki. This season, he has 10 goals, which puts him 95th in the NHL. Suzuki also comes into the game with 21 assists.

The Lightning defense is currently 9th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.7 shots per game against Tampa Bay. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 5th with 3 shutouts.

Goalie Sam Montembeault comes into the game having made 14 starts this season. So far, his record is 7-4 and he has a save percentage of 0.67%.

Will the Lightning Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?

For the season, the Lightning currently hold an overall record of 17-15-5. On the road, Tampa Bay has gone 7-10-2 and they are 10-5-3 at home. They are currently positioned 4th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 10th in the Eastern conference.

When it came to the puck line, Tampa Bay heads in with a 18-19 record. On the road, their mark is 7-12 and their overall home performance is 11-7 vs. the puck line. On average, Tampa Bay's games have finished with 6.7 goals per game. The season's average over/under line stands at 6.5. In total, the Lightning come in with an over/under record of 16-18-3.

Across the Lightning last three home games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 2-1 straight-up.

The Lightning come into the game scoring an average of 3.2 goals per game, putting them 7th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 9th in the league. The Tampa Bay offense is ranked 1st in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 30th in the NHL.

Tampa Bay's leading scorer is Nikita Kucherov. So far, he has 25 goals which is 2nd in the NHL. Kucherov also comes into the game with 34 assists.

Defensively, the Lightning are currently 9th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.7 shots per game against Tampa Bay. They also are 5th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Montreal, goalie Jonas Johansson has started 19 games in this season. His current record is 8-6, and his save percentage stands at 0.81%.