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Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Prediction, Pick, and Preview 7/7/2021

The Montreal Canadiens takes on the Tampa Bay Lightning on 7/7/2021 at 8:00PM.

Montreal and Tampa Bay face off in an playoff game. The Montreal Canadiens has a record of 24-21 this season. The Tampa Bay Lightning is 36-17 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Montreal Canadiens Team Defense Preview

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They give up 2.3 goals per game in even strength situations. Opponents shoot 0.7 shots per game in power play situations per game against them and this needs to be brought down. Opponents force Montreal into 3.1 penalty kill situations per game. They have a penalty kill rate of 78.49%, which is below average.

Opponents take 28.2 shots per game regardless of situation. They are doing an above average job denying shot attempts in volume and they are below average at keeping the puck from getting in the net.

Montreal Canadiens Team Offense Preview

They score 2.1 goals per game in even strength situations. They have a below average offense by NHL standards. They score 0.5 goals per game in power play situations and they would be considered below average with an advantage. Thus far, they have had 2.7 power play opportunities per game this season and this would be considered below average, it may improve though. This means that they score on 19.21% of their shots on the power play, they would be considered mediocre in these situations.

They take 31.2 shots per game regardless of situation and the shots taken are less likely to find the net than most NHL teams.

Tampa Bay Lightning Team Defense Preview

They give up 2.0 goals per game in even strength situations and this puts them as an above average defensive team in these situations. Opponents shoot 0.5 shots per game in power play situations per game against them and this is a sign of strength. Opponents force Tampa Bay into 3.3 penalty kill situations per game, which means they may be too aggressive or wrongfully aggressive. They have a penalty kill rate of 84.15%, which is above average.

Opponents take 28.3 shots per game regardless of situation. They are doing an above average job denying shot attempts in volume and they are average at keeping the puck from getting in the net.

Tampa Bay Lightning Team Offense Preview

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They score 2.4 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 3.2 power play opportunities per game this season. This means that they score on 22.22% of their shots on the power play.

They take 30.2 shots per game regardless of situation and they are average in their shot quality.

The Montreal Roster

The Players to Watch for Montreal

Jeff Petry D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 6.0 this season. He has scored 12 goals this season, he is a scoring threat and he has 30 assists this season, he is a strong distributor. This puts him at 42 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 9.4% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Joel Edmundson D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 28.0 this season, this puts him among the best in the NHL. He has scored 3 goals this season, he is not as much of a factor as a scorer and he has 10 assists this season. This puts him at 13 points this season, he is a below average offensive contributor. He makes 3.9% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

Shea Weber D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is -4.0 this season, his impact has not necessarily been positive yet. He has scored 6 goals this season, he is an average scoring threat and he has 13 assists this season. This puts him at 19 points this season, he is an average offensive contributor. He makes 5.8% of his shots this season, he is among the weakest in shot efficiency in the NHL.

>The Tampa Bay Roster

The Players to Watch for Tampa Bay

Victor Hedman D

His impact is felt through his on-ice plus/minus, which is 5.0 this season. He has scored 9 goals this season, he is an average scoring threat and he has 36 assists this season, he is among the best in the NHL at setting up teammates. This puts him at 45 points this season, which makes him a very significant offensive player in the division. He makes 6.6% 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 5.0 this season. He has scored 4 goals this season, he is not as much of a factor as a scorer and he has 26 assists this season, he is an above average distributor. This puts him at 30 points this season, which makes him a significant offensive player on his team. He makes 3.7% 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 13.0 this season, which generally means good things when he is on the ice. He has scored 4 goals this season, he is not as much of a factor as a scorer and he has 8 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 4.7% 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 2 Tampa Bay 3

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