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Game preview: Lightning @ Canadiens – Game 1

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

LIGHTNING @ CANADIENS – Round 2 – Game 1

The series is tied 0-0

The Canadiens host the Lightning on Friday for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

The Habs and Bolts meet again in the playoffs just over a year after Montreal swept Tampa in four games during the first round in 2014.

Sidelined with an injury last spring, Lightning netminder Ben Bishop is back in goal this time around, coming off a Game 7 shutout of Detroit on Wednesday to advance to the second round.

Bishop has registered a 1.87 goals against average and 0.922 save percentage since making his postseason debut two weeks ago.

The Canadiens meanwhile should ice a similar lineup to Game 6 in Ottawa last Sunday, with Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau in uniform in place of Brian Flynn. On the back end, Greg Pateryn will continue to fill in for Nathan Beaulieu, who is sidelined with an upper body injury.

The team dedicated a portion of its practice to the power play on Thursday, as head coach Michel Therrien experimented with pairings of P.K. Subban and Jeff Petry, as well as Andrei Markov and Tom Gilbert. The Canadiens’ man advantage scored just one goal over 20 opportunities in Round 1.

The Lightning for their part also struggled on the power play however, scoring just two goals over 30 opportunities. Steven Stamkos, who finished the regular season ranked second league-wide with 43 goals, has yet to find the back of the net this postseason.

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