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How to Watch Live Stanley Cup Finals Game 1: Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning Preview & Betting Odds


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How to Watch Game 1 Stanley Cup Final: Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning
The Montreal Canadiens go for their fourth series upset in this magical playoff run as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Finals. GETTY IMAGES

The Tampa Bay Lightning have the best odds to win the Stanley Cup Final since the 2002 Detroit Red Wings. That year Detroit finished with 116 points compared to their opponent the Carolina Hurricanes who finished with 74 points. The gap between the Canadiens isn't that drastic but of course this was a shortened season as the Canadiens finished with the least amount of points for any team that qualified for the playoffs with 59. Tampa finished a surprising third in their division but still managed 75.

What TV Channel is Game 1: Canadiens-Lightning on?

Canadiens-Lightning will be shown on NBCSN at 8:00 p.m. ET. You can live stream NHL Playoff games on fuboTV.

How to Watch Lightning-Islanders-Lightning

When: Monday, June 28
Where: Amalie Arena - Tampa Bay, FL
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NHL Playoffs free with fuboTV)

It's the Canadiens who have rolled through these playoffs though. They're the ones who were doubted as the underdog in every series they've played. They were down 3-1 to their most hated rival the Toronto Maple Leafs. Once they came back from that, there was no stopping them. They swept Winnipeg to play the best remaining team in the playoffs in the Vegas Golden Knights. Vegas was untouchable at home until they played Montreal.

That will be the mission for the Canadiens, winning at least one game in Tampa where the Lightning have been special. In the previous series, the New York Islanders were able to steal one early in Game 1 in Tampa but weren't able to win there the rest of the series that they pushed to seven games. That will be especially important to steal one on the road while their head coach Dominique Ducharme will be available for Game 3 back in Montreal after he missed much of the previous round after testing positive for COVID-19. Another Canadien out due to COVID protocols is winger Joel Armia who will not travel with the team to Tampa. It is unclear when he will be available to play in this series but Montreal will need to be at 100 percent to pull off their arguably most difficult upset this postseason to knock off the defending champs and hoist their first Stanley Cup since 1993.

The defending champs will be in some rare company if they are able to repeat with this tremendous opportunity. In the last 25 years only the Detroit Red Wings in the late-90s and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the late-2010s were able to repeat. They have two things going for them that will help them accomplish that lofty feat. One is that they have not lost back-to-back games dating all the way back to last year's playoffs. If they do that for one more round, they'll win another cup.

Maybe the most consequential factor for accomplishing that is having Nikita Kucherov back and healthy. He suffered an injury in Game 6 last round missed the rest of the game. He returned for Game 7 against the Islanders and denied ever having an injury. Regardless of what happened, the Lightning will need every bit from the playoffs' leading goal scorer if they are going to beat this Canadiens team that regardless of underdog status is on fire.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Odds

Canadiens Odds: +1.5
Lightning Odds: -1.5
Money Line: Islanders --  - Lightning -175
Over/Under: 5

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