The puck drops Monday evening just after 8 p.m. ET as the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning open the 2021 Stanley Cup Final. The Lightning have home-ice advantage and so the series will open in Tampa at Amalie Arena.
Game 1 will air on NBC Sports Network and is available for live stream at NBCSports.com/live if you have a cable log-in. if you don’t have a cable log-in, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the game.
The Lightning reached the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup Final after beating the New York Islanders in seven games. They clinched their spot with a 1-0 in in Game 7 at home. The Canadiens reached their record 35th Final after beating the Vegas Golden Knights in six games. Montreal struggled to reach the playoffs, but got hot once they did. Tampa Bay is the odds-on favorite, installed by DraftKings Sportsbook at -275 to win the series while Montreal is +225. However, Les Habitants are a sentimental favorite on this run.
Tampa Bay is a -195 favorite for Game 1 at DraftKings Sportsbook while Montreal is a +165 underdog. Total goals is installed at 5 with the over juiced to -125. The Lightning are -1.5 on the puck line and priced at +140. The Canadiens are +1.5 and priced at -167.