The 2021 Stanley Cup Finals begins on Monday night, and this is one of the most surprising matchups in quite some time. It will be the Tampa Bay Lightning with home-ice advantage over the Montreal Canadiens in this series.
It is not a surprise to see Tampa Bay back in the Stanley Cup Finals as they won it all a season ago. The Lightning are big betting favorites to win this series with odds set at -260.
Montreal has been a terrific story throughout the postseason, but they are big underdogs at +220 in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Canadiens finished in fourth place in the North Division, but they have pulled off three straight upsets.
The Lightning will have home-ice advantage and they are -198 on the money line in Game 1 of the series. Montreal is going to have pull of an upset on the road if they are going to have a shot at winning this series.
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2021 Stanley Cup Finals Betting | Lightning in 5?
You can also make a bet on the correct score of this series, and oddsmakers like the Lightning to finish this series off in just five games. That result has the highest odds at this point in time, and any result with the Canadiens winning the series are extremely low.
Here are the odds for the correct series score:
- Lightning 4-0: +600
- Lightning 4-1: +330
- Lightning 4-2: +370
- Lightning 4-3: +410
- Canadiens 4-0: +2800
- Canadiens 4-1: +1300
- Canadiens 4-2: +750
- Canadiens 4-3: +700
Conn Smythe Betting Odds
The Conn Smythe Trophy is given to the MVP of the entire NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, but performance in the Stanley Cup Finals always carries a bit of extra weight. At this point in time, there are just four players with a realistic chance to win.
Here are the current odds to win the Conn Smythe:
Andrei Vasilevskiy +200
Carey Price +220
Brayden Point +380
Nikita Kucherov +400
Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is the current favorite, and he should win the award if Lightning win the title. Vasilevskiy has held opponents to less than two goals per game during this postseason run.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price could steal this series for Montreal, and then he could be named the winner of the trophy.
Don’t Expect Many Goals
Don’t expect to see much offense in the Stanley Cup Finals as these are two of the best defensive teams in the NHL. Both teams also have a terrific goaltender in net, and it might take just two goals to win each game of this series.
Carey Price of the Canadiens is allowing just over two goals per game this postseason, and he has been in net for every game. Andrei Vasilevskiy has allowed less than two goals per game for the Lightning, and he has also made every start.
Tampa Bay does have a much deeper offensive lineup, while it has been a struggle for the Canadiens to score at times. Both teams are terrific on special teams, but a power-play goal could be the difference in each matchup.
Lightning Just Too Tough
Montreal has been able to pull of some stunning upsets throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but this would be the biggest upset of them all. Tampa Bay has the big edge in overall experience in this matchup, and having a home-ice advantage is going to play a factor.
The Canadiens just don’t score enough goals to really challenge Andrei Vasilevskiy and he is going to completely dominate the series. Tampa Bay is going to have to work hard to score goals, but they just have so many weapons.
Tampa Bay is winning this series in 6 games and Vasilevskiy will walk away with the Conn Smythe Trophy.