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Mar 30, 2015
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Lightning eye season sweep of Canadiens

Sunday, 03.29.2015 / 10:17 PM

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

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Lightning eye season sweep of Canadiens
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montréal Canadiens

LIGHTNING (46-23-7) AT CANADIENS (47-21-8)


Season series: The Tampa Bay Lightning are 4-0-0 against the Montreal Canadiens, including a 4-2 win at Amalie Arena on March 16. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has five goals and six points. Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec has a goal and two assists.

Lightning team scope: Tampa Bay, which leads the NHL with 242 goals, was shut out for the first time this season Saturday. Adding injuries to insult, the Lightning were down two players by the end of their 4-0 loss at the Detroit Red Wings. Defenseman Jason Garrison sustained an upper-body injury on a hit by Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader, and forward Cedric Paquette injured his left leg when he crashed into the goal post while trying to prevent the Red Wings' empty-net goal. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told the Tampa Bay Times that Garrison is being evaluated by doctors in Tampa and will not make the trip and Paquette is day-to-day. Defenseman Victor Hedman has six points in Tampa Bay's four games against the Canadiens, who lead the Atlantic Division with 102 points, three ahead of the second-place Lightning.

Canadiens team scope: Goalie Carey Price was not among the 12 players who took the ice for practice on Sunday. Price was upended in a collision with Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban late in the third period of a 3-2 overtime win against the Florida Panthers on Saturday. Price did not speak to reporters following the game, but coach Michel Therrien said Saturday that he had no concerns about Price. Defenseman Jeff Petry didn't see the collision and got a bit of a jolt when he saw Price lying on the ice. "You kind of hold your breath but he finished the game and I think he should be ready for [Monday]," Petry said. Montreal, which clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday, has an opportunity to distance itself from Tampa Bay in the race for the Atlantic Division title. "You always want to play the best, and we feel like at this point of the year it's the type of game we want to be in," defenseman Nathan Beaulieu said after practice Sunday. "It's going to be a playoff-style of game and they're playing good hockey and so are we, so it should be a fun one and we're excited for it."

Team Stats

2014-2015 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 30 '15 7:30 PM ET at Canadiens
Mar 16 '15 MTL 2 at TBL 4 V. Hedman
Mar 10 '15 TBL 1 at MTL 0 - OT T. Johnson
Jan 06 '15 TBL 4 at MTL 2 B. Connolly
Oct 13 '14 MTL 1 at TBL 7 S. Stamkos
S. Stamkos76402767+345115
T. Johnson74264167+322275
N. Kucherov76273259+343322
O. Palat69164157+312435
R. Callahan71222951+83794
V. Filppula76123547-82420
A. Killorn68152338+103415
V. Hedman56102737+134032
A. Stralman7682836+212620
J. Garrison7042630+271913
J. Drouin6522729+13210
B. Boyle7615823+35405
C. Paquette5812719+44903
M. Carle5341317+112610
B. Connolly5012315+43822
V. Namestnikov377613+01112
A. Sustr7201313+103400
B. Coburn4311011+22500
J. Brown46369-12500
B. Morrow64358-16000
M. Barberio46167-31200
R. Gudas31235-53401
N. Nesterov21134+51200
E. Brewer17044+51800
L. Witkowski10000+0700
M. Angelidis3000+01200
M. Blunden2000-1200
J. Marchessault1000-1000
B. Bishop5736-13-412614622.36.914
A. Vasilevskiy157-4-1313872.30.920
E. Nabokov113-6-2292453.15.882
M. Pacioretty76362965+4028710
T. Plekanec76223153+104645
P. Subban76134053+197065
B. Gallagher76232245+213135
D. Desharnais76133245+202024
A. Markov7693544+202841
A. Galchenyuk74202343+73531
D. Weise73101828+202601
L. Eller71121123-74216
P. Parenteau5071219-32031
D. Smith-Pelly6951318-32001
B. Flynn6051217-4800
B. Prust7641317+413000
J. Sekac507916-21820
J. Petry7241216-293411
A. Emelin6231114+85300
T. Mitchell606713-93002
S. Gonchar4711213+61800
T. Gilbert693811+83000
N. Beaulieu58178+44300
M. Bournival29325+3401
J. De La Rose27325-31000
M. Malhotra57134-61201
M. Weaver31044+0600
S. Andrighetto12213+0000
J. Tinordi13022-51900
R. Bourque13022-9600
B. Allen11022-2600
C. Thomas18101-2700
G. Pateryn14000+2600
T. Moen10000+0400
E. Tangradi7000-31700
D. Bowman3000+0000
G. Dumont3000-1000
C. Price6141-15-511518171.88.937
D. Tokarski166-6-3444912.81.910