Game Preview: Canadiens (35-36-6) vs. Tampa Bay (44-27-5)
TV: RDS, SNE 7:30 p.m.
The Habs make their final trip to Tampa Bay where a Thursday night match-up against the Lightning awaits them at Amalie Arena.
A two goal night from captain Max Pacioretty helped lead the Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over Detroit on home ice at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night. Mike Condon had a busy night, kicking aside 39 of the 42 shots he faced to earn his 19th victory of his rookie season.
After a 5-2 loss to the Panthers snapped Tampa Bay’s four-game win streak, the Lightning got back to the win column with a 3-0 shutout over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sniper Steven Stamkos extended his personal scoring streak to six games with a two-point effort against Toronto, bringing his totals to 64 points in 76 games.
Coach Michel Therrien named Mike Condon as Thursday night's starter, while newly acquired goaltender Charlie Lindgren, who the Canadiens signed to a two-year contract on Wednesday morning, accompanied the team to Florida. The rookie will sport No. 35.
Between the pipes for Tampa Bay, Ben Bishop’s 34-save shutout over the Maple Leafs could earn him the start against the Canadiens. The 6-foot-7 netminder sports a 10-2-3 record in 15 career starts against Montreal.
In the injury department, P.K. Subban, Brendan Gallagher, Brian Flynn, Daniel Carr and Carey Price hit the road with the team to Tampa Bay. All players were accounted for at Thursday's morning skate, including Price, who suited up for his first team practice since suffering a lower-body injury earlier this season. Lastly with regards to lineup changes, Stefan Matteau will take Mike Brown's spot in coach Therrien's formations.
The two teams are set to meet one last time as the Canadiens close out their regular-season with a clash against the Lightning on April 9 at the Bell Centre.