Tampa Bay Lightning versus Montreal Canadians Pick Prediction NHL Pro Hockey Playoff Game 1 Betting Lines Odds Preview 5-1-2015

The Tampa Bay Lightning are headed to the road in Game 1 to battle the Montreal Canadians in an NHL playoff pro hockey game slated for Friday May 1st.

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Play begins for Game 1 from Montreal at 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by NBC Sports Network.

The betting odds have the home side Montreal Canadians the -135 favorite with the return on the road underdog Tampa Bay Lightning at +115 odds. The goal total is lined at five goals.

The teams went head to head five times during the regular season with Tampa Bay winning all five games. Four wins came in regulation and one in overtime. The three games in Montreal were all won by Tampa Bay by scores of 5-3 and 4-2 in regulation with a 1-0 road overtime win.

Tampa Bay punches their ticket into the second round following the 2-0 home victory in Game 7 on Wednesday to the Detroit Red Wings as a -190 betting favorite. The total went under five goals.

It was a 0-0 tie until 3:58 of the third period when Braydon Coburn scored the game winner. The Lightning had 17 shots on net and were 0 of 4 on the power play. Anton Stralan sealed it with an empty net goal. Ben Bishop was huge for Tampa Bay as he turned away all 31 shots by Detroit.

Montreal advances past the first round of the playoffs following the 2-0 road victory in Game 6 on Sunday to the Ottawa Senators as a +104 betting underdog. The total went under five goals.

The Canadians had 20 shots on net with 0 of 1 on the man advantage. Brendan Gallagher got the game winner at 13:26 of the first period at even strength. They won 11 more face-offs than the Senators. Max Pacioretty had the other goal for Montreal with an empty netter with a second left. Goalie Carey Price saved all 43 shots on net.

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