Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning 3-18-2023

Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning 3/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning 3/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The Montreal Canadiens will go against the Tampa Bay Lightning in NHL action in Amalie Arena, FL, on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at 7:00 PM ET.


The Canadiens’ offense is suffering, averaging just 2.77 goals per game, and the team is having a terrible season.


The top two lines, led by Nick Suzuki, Kirby Dach, and Josh Anderson, combined for 54 goals and 63 assists, while the rest of the offense underperformed.


The woeful attack can be shut down by opponents because only 4 active skaters have 10 or more goals.


The defense ranks as the worst in the league, surrendering 3.70 goals per game, including 21 goals in the last 3 matches, while the attack underperformed.


While the rest of the team underperformed, Johnathan Kovacevic and Mike Matheson collaborated for 4.4 defensive point shares, which allowed opponents to easily find open shots on goal.


Jake Allen, the goaltender, also had trouble, posting a 3.56 goals-against average on 1281 shots and a.892 save percentage with a -15.9 goals-saved over average.


  • The total went OVER in 6 of Montreal’s last 7 matches.
  • The Montreal Canadiens are 1-8 SU in their last 9 matches.
  • The Canadiens are 2-12 SU in their last 14 outings with Tampa Bay.

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Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning Predictions 3/18/2023


With their offense ramping up and averaging 3.45 goals per game, the Lightning is enjoying a fantastic season. In their previous two games, they scored eight goals.


The top two lines, led by Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Brayden Point, combined for 99 goals and 147 assists, but the entire offense was excellent.


Defensemen Victor Hedman and Mikhail Sergachev contributed 13 goals and 81 assists from the point to boost the offense. Brandon Hagel, Nick Paul, and Alex Killorn totaled 62 goals and 77 assists.


Although the defense underperformed, giving up 3.01 goals per game, the offense was excellent.


However, the rest of the team underperformed, permitting opponents to carry the puck into the offensive zone and get open shots on goal.


Hedman and Sergachev collaborated for 8.0 defensive point shares.


The goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy’s performance was a plus, with a.914 save percentage, a 2.67 goals-against average, and 15.6 goals saved above average on 1622 shots.


  • The Tampa Bay Lightning is 4-2 SU in their last 6 matches.
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games with Montreal.
  • The  Lightning is 2-5 SU in their last 7 matches at home.

Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning. The NHL pick for this game is the Tampa Bay Lightning.


The Lightning is enjoying a tremendous season and will try to control this game from the start while the Canadiens are hoping to pull off the unexpected.


With Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and the rest of the forward group dominating the puck in the offensive zone and generating open shots with excellent puck movement, the Lightning, who average 3.45 goals per game, could score a ton of goals against the Canadiens, who permit 3.70 goals per game.


With Victor Hedman, Mikhail Sergachev, and the rest of the defense causing turnovers in the defensive zone and restricting shots on goal, the Lightning should be able to limit the Canadiens’ offense, which only scores 2.77 goals per game on average.


This will give goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy plenty of opportunities to make crucial saves. The Lightning should prevail in the match and cover the spread in a strong triumph to extend their undefeated run to three games.


The Tampa Bay Lightning will win to a predicted score of 7-2.


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Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning 3/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

NHL Starting Time: 7:00 AM ET


Location: Amalie Arena, FL


Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023




NHL Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -400


NHL Totals: 6.5


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