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Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Prediction, Pick, and Preview 4/2/2022

The Montreal Canadiens takes on the Tampa Bay Lightning on 4/2/2022 at 07:05 PM.

Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning face off today. The Montreal Canadiens has a record of 18.0-39.0 this season. The Tampa Bay Lightning is 43.0-18.0 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Montreal Canadiens Team Defense Preview




They give up 2.8 goals per game in even strength situations, they are below average on the defensive end. Opponents shoot 0.9 shots per game in power play situations per game against them and that is a cause for concern. Opponents force Montreal Canadiens into 3.4 penalty kill situations per game, which means they may be too aggressive or wrongfully aggressive. They have a penalty kill rate of 74.89%, which is among the worst in the NHL.

Opponents take 34.5 shots per game regardless of situation, this needs to be corrected now and they are among the worst in the NHL at goaltending right now.

Montreal Canadiens Team Offense Preview

They score 2.0 goals per game in even strength situations. This is a struggling offense and they must improve to be competitive. They score 0.4 goals per game in power play situations, the power play is a problem and they are among the worst when opponents are shorthanded. Thus far, they have had 3.1 power play opportunities per game this season. This means that they score on 13.55% of their shots on the power play, which is pathetic.

They take 29.6 shots per game regardless of situation. They are not getting enough shot attempts as they would probably like and they are among the least efficient shooting teams in the NHL so far this season.

Tampa Bay Lightning Team Defense Preview

They give up 2.1 goals per game in even strength situations and this puts them as an above average defensive team in these situations. Opponents shoot 0.6 shots per game in power play situations per game against them and this is a sign of strength. Opponents force Tampa Bay Lightning into 3.1 penalty kill situations per game. They have a penalty kill rate of 81.34%, which is average.

Opponents take 29.6 shots per game regardless of situation, they actively fluster opponents and are among the best in the NHL… and they are average at keeping the puck from getting in the net.

Tampa Bay Lightning Team Offense Preview




They score 2.6 goals per game in even strength situations. This is an average NHL offense. They score 0.7 goals per game in power play situations. They are average in power play situations, nothing special here. Thus far, they have had 3.1 power play opportunities per game this season. This means that they score on 21.53% of their shots on the power play.

They take 30.4 shots per game regardless of situation. They are not getting enough shot attempts as they would probably like and their shot quality is rather decent.

The Montreal Canadiens Roster

The Players to Watch for Montreal Canadiens

Nick Suzuki C

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is -23.0 this season, he may need to see minutes cut or his role shifted at some point – we shall see. He has scored 18 goals this season, he is a scoring threat and he has 32 assists this season, he is an above average distributor. This puts him at 50 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 11.1% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Alexander Romanov D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is -3.0 this season, his impact has not necessarily been positive yet. He has scored 3 goals this season, he is not as much of a factor as a scorer and he has 9 assists this season, he is not as engaged as a distributor. This puts him at 12 points this season, he is a below average offensive contributor. He makes 3.4% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Ben Chiarot D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is -18.0 this season, he may need to see minutes cut or his role shifted at some point – we shall see. He has scored 7 goals this season, he is an average scoring threat and he has 11 assists this season. This puts him at 18 points this season, he is an average offensive contributor. He makes 7.3% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.





The Tampa Bay Lightning Roster

The Players to Watch for Tampa Bay Lightning

Victor Hedman D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 16.0 this season, which generally means good things when he is on the ice. He has scored 19 goals this season, he is a scoring threat and he has 45 assists this season, he is among the best in the NHL at setting up teammates. This puts him at 64 points this season, which makes him a very significant offensive player in the division. He makes 10.7% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Mikhail Sergachev D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 14.0 this season, which generally means good things when he is on the ice. He has scored 6 goals this season, he is not as much of a factor as a scorer and he has 27 assists this season, he is an above average distributor. This puts him at 33 points this season, he is an average offensive contributor. He makes 5.0% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Ryan McDonagh D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 7.0 this season. He has scored 3 goals this season, he is not as much of a factor as a scorer and he has 18 assists this season. This puts him at 21 points this season, he is an average offensive contributor. He makes 4.0% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Montreal Canadiens 1 Tampa Bay Lightning 3

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