The Canadiens will be looking to rebound from their disappointing performance in the opener of the Stanley Cup Final when they take on the Lightning in Game 2 as plus-180 road underdogs.

The Montreal Canadiens will be looking to rebound from their disappointing performance in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night in Game 2 as plus-180 road underdogs on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by
Montreal came out flat in Monday’s series opener, spotting Tampa Bay an early 2-0 lead on the way to a lopsided 5-1 defeat. That marked just the team’s second loss in eight road dates going into Wednesday night’s matchup at Amalie Arena.
In addition to leaving Montreal facing a 1-0 series deficit for the second time in this year’s NHL playoffs, Monday’s loss also equalled the team’s worst defeat of the post-season. Not surprisingly, the Canadiens have taken a dive on the series prices ahead of Game 2, dipping to plus-475 longshots to rebound and claim their first Stanley Cup victory since 1993.
While the situation looks difficult for Montreal, it is far from over for the team. Powered by their recent steady play on the road, the Canadiens have avoided consecutive losses in 14 outings since Game 4 of their first-round clash with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team has also shown resiliency in the wake of recent losses, surrendering just six total goals while responding with victories following each of its past three defeats.
However, unlike their recent comebacks against Toronto and Vegas, the Canadiens face a massive task to reverse their recent dismal road record against the Lightning. With Monday’s defeat, the Canadiens are now winless in each of their past seven road dates with Tampa Bay. That run features four losses by multi-goal margins, with the Lightning outscoring Montreal by a 29-13 margin during that stretch.
As the Canadiens search for answers, the Lightning look to win three games in a row for just the second time during these playoffs when they hit the ice on Wednesday as minus-220 home favourites at sports betting sites. While the Lightning have struggled to establish a lengthy win streak so far in the playoffs, they have been simply dominant on home ice. Their victory in Game 1 extended their current win streak at home to four games, during which they have outgunned opponents by a wide 18-3 margin.
Overall, the Lightning have now surrendered just 12 total goals in their past nine contests, and have been rewarded at the sportsbooks, where they have vaulted to heavy minus-750 chalk to raise the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row.