- The Stanley Cup Final between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning begins Monday, June 28th
- The Lightning are -195 favorites in Game 1 and the player prop market is loaded with betting options
- See available player props for the top players within the story below
The Stanley Cup Final begins Monday night when Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning head back to Amalie Arena to battle the Montreal Canadiens. The puck drops a little after 8 pm ET on NBCSN.
With the two teams opening up their series Monday night, it is interesting to note that Tampa Bay is an early -250 favorite to win the series. Montreal has been an underdog in every single series so far in their playoff run.
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As always, the player prop market is loaded with options for bettors to pick through. Check out the odds below, plus a few bets to target.
Canadiens vs Lightning Game 1 Player Props
|Player||Goals at FanDuel||Assists||Points||Powerplay Points|
|Ondrej Palat (Lightning)||0.5 ( Ov +270 / Un -400)||0.5 ( Ov +188 / Un -260)||0.5 ( Ov -110 / Un -122)||0.5 ( Ov +460 / Un -800)|
|Steven Stamkos (Lightning)||0.5 ( Ov +210 / Un -310)||0.5 ( Ov +168 / Un -230)||0.5 ( Ov -138 / Un +104)||0.5 ( Ov +164 / Un -225)|
|Brayden Point (Lightning)||0.5 ( Ov +162 / Un -220)||0.5 ( Ov +178 / Un -245)||0.5 ( Ov -172 / Un +128)||0.5 ( Ov +172 / Un -235)|
|Victor Hedman (Lightning)||0.5 ( Ov +430 / Un -750)||0.5 ( Ov +100 / Un -132)||0.5 ( Ov -158 / Un +118)||0.5 ( Ov +182 / Un -260)|
|Alex Killorn (Lightning)||0.5 ( Ov +270 / Un -400)||0.5 ( Ov +220 / Un -310)||0.5 ( Ov -102 / Un -130)||0.5 ( Ov +235 / Un -340)|
|Nick Suzuki (Canadiens)||0.5 ( Ov +280 / Un -440)||0.5 ( Ov +168 / Un -230)||0.5 ( Ov -118 / Un -112)||0.5 ( Ov +168 / Un -220)|
|Tyler Toffoli (Canadiens)||0.5 ( Ov +240 / Un -350)||0.5 ( Ov +210 / Un -300)||0.5 ( Ov -108 / Un -122)||0.5 ( Ov +310 / Un -470)|
|Cole Caufield (Canadiens)||0.5 ( Ov +310 / Un -470)||0.5 ( Ov +240 / Un -350)||0.5 ( Ov +120 / Un -160)||0.5 ( Ov +320 / Un -490)|
|Jeff Petry (Canadiens)||0.5 ( Ov +630 / Un -1400)||0.5 ( Ov +164 / Un -225)||0.5 (Ov +118 / Un -158)||0.5 ( Ov +430 / Un -750)|
|Brendan Gallagher (Canadiens)||0.5 ( Ov +320 / Un -490)||0.5 ( Ov +320 / Un -500)||0.5 ( Ov +142 / Un -192)||OFF|
Odds as of June 27th
How is Nikita Kucherov?
This will be a recurring question asked often throughout the rest of the playoffs. Nikita Kucherov played Game 7 with multiple broken ribs after a cross-check by Scott Mayfield suffered in Game 6. He was on the ice for a little over 16 minutes but looked more like a decoy than the Kucherov most are used to seeing.
One thing we can say for certain, he is definitely still not 100%.
— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) June 27, 2021
The coordination at least looks better than it did at times in Game 7. Kucherov, at times, looked like he had close to his normal zip. However, anything that required precision was a problem. The Russian winger generated a couple of shots on net with four shot attempts. He had two scoring chances but again nothing of the high-danger variety.
For now, some places are playing it safe and not listing Kucherov in player props. That is understandable. This will be a game-time decision of sorts. It will be something to keep an eye on but if there are updated numbers, there will be added data posted via social media. The ribs issue has affected his odds to win the Conn Smythe. He is now on the same level as Brayden Point.
Updated Odds to Win Conn Smythe 🏆
Andrei Vasilevskiy +135
Carey Price +175
Nikita Kucherov +250
Brayden Point +250
Victor Hedman +2000
Steven Stamkos +3000
Cole Caufield +3000
Nick Suzuki +3500
Tyler Toffoli +3500
Corey Perry +5000#StanleyCup
— SportsBettingDime (@SBD) June 27, 2021
To be fair, Brayden Point has been excellent when it comes to scoring goals in this postseason. It borders on the ridiculous level. In 18 games, Point has 20 points but more importantly, he has 14 goals on just 43 shots. That is an incredible 32.6% shooting percentage. The center does have a career shooting percentage of 17.3% including one year where he shot 21.5% in 79 contests. Point has a goal in nine of his previous ten contests.
Pick: Point Over 0.5 Goals (+162)
Montreal’s Electric Youth
The Montreal Canadiens have been buoyed by their youth to the Stanley Cup Final. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Cole Caufield, and Nick Suzuki have combined for 14 goals. That is the most goals by a trio 21 years old or younger in their franchise history. Do note that Caufield did not see postseason action until Game 5 versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. For a young player who came fresh from the Wisconsin Badgers of the NCAA, he fit right in.
He’s out there scoring goals like this against the Vegas Golden Knights in a Game 6!
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) June 25, 2021
There is just this sense that the rookie is not afraid of any situation at all. It does not matter if it is a Game 1 in a hostile environment. Caufield does not have jitters or nerves but seems to have ice in his veins. He is a goal scorer in the truest sense with a flair for dramatic goals (he had two overtime goals in a row during the regular season).
Keep in mind, he is doing this while just 20 years old and the scary part is just how fast he is. Tampa Bay may not be prepared for that early.
Pick: Caufield Over 0.5 Points (+120)