CANADIENS (26-24-4) vs TAMPA BAY (29-19-4)
TV: RDS, SNE 7:30 p.m.
The Canadiens and Lightning are set to clash on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre, as the race in the Atlantic Division tightens.
In the Habs camp, Michel Therrien’s troops thoroughly enjoyed Super Bowl weekend thanks to back-to-back victories over the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday and Sunday respectfully.
Confirmed as Tuesday night’s starting goaltender, Ben Scrivens followed up a strong performance in Saturday afternoon’s 5-1 win over the Oilers by standing on his head in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Hurricanes the following night. In five career starts against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the 29-year-old has posted a 3-2-0 record completed by a 2.88 goals against average.
Looking to even the score after the Habs left Tampa Bay with a 4-3 shootout win back on December 28, the Lightning will head to Montreal after taking on the Senators on Monday night. As Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to get the start against the Senators, the Canadiens are likely to face Ben Bishop at the Bell Centre Tuesday evening.
As Jeff Petry is out tonight with a lower-body injury, defenseman Nathan Beaulieu draws back into the lineup for Tuesday night's contest. At Tuesday morning's skate at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, Beaulieu skated alongside Mark Barberio.
Following Tuesday’s contest, the Habs and Lightning will square off once again on March 31, before meeting for a final time on April 9 in the final game of the 2015-16 season for both clubs.