Tampa vs Montreal: what will be the Canadiens' answer?
On July 1, Tampa will try to force the advantage in the final series. Our experts have prepared a prediction for this game. How strong are the Lightning?
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampacame to the Stanley Cup final in great shape. Even though they had some difficulties, they beat the Islanders with a final score of 4:3. During the semifinals, the Lightning showed excellent play, especially in the attack. In one of the games, John Cooper's charges completely destroyed the Islanders (8:0).
In the first final game, the Lightning again were the favorites to win, and they fully met the expectations of the fans. Tampa beat Montreal 5:1, proving once again that they are the best attacking team in the NHL at the moment.
Montreal have won the series against Vegas with a score of 4:2, but that result was not easily achieved. Two victories were scored in overtime, and we might say that luck was the decisive factor. However, we should not forget that the main advantage of the Canadians was their excellent defensive play, which made it possible to stop the dangerous attack of the Golden Knights.
In the final series, the Canadiens face Tampa. In the first game, Montreal could not stick to their defensive tactics. again confidently play from the defense. Quite unexpectedly, the team was defeated with a score of 1:5.
For two head-to-head games in a row, Tampa scores in each period.
In three head-to-head games in a row, Tampa scored first.
Tampa showed all their strength in the first game of the final series, leaving no chance for their opponent. The Lightning really look head and shoulders above Montreal, judging by that one match. It makes sense to not risk and bet on another victory for the Lightning.
Our prediction - Tampa to win with a handicap (-1.5)
Prediction: Handicap (-1.5) to Tampa
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Tampa surely do not intend to play defensively, which is why the first match of the series was full of scoring chances. Most likely, the Lightning will continue to impose their game, so we suggest betting on a total of over four goals.
Our second wager - total over 4.5 goals.