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Habs host Bolts in Atlantic Division showdown on Thursday at the Bell Centre

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TBL (5-1-0) @ MTL (6-0-1)

The Canadiens host the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Centre on Thursday.

Just three points separate the two teams from the Atlantic Division summit, with the Habs holding a 13-10 edge atop the standings.

Michel Therrien's men will wrap up a first back-to-back set of the season, coming off a 3-2 win against the New York Islanders on Wednesday. Shea Weber scored the game-winner late in the third, in addition to pick up an assist, and has now registered nine points (3G-6A) in his first seven games, with a league-leading plus-12 differential.

Phillip Danault and Paul Byron were the other Montreal goalscorers.

Between the pipes, Al Montoya stopped 26 shots against his former team to earn his third win of the season. Carey Price will be back in goal against the Lightning.

Price has not allowed more than two goals in a game this season.

At the other side of the ice, Ben Bishop will get the start for Tampa.

Bishop made 40 saves in a 7-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Steven Stamkos meanwhile enjoyed a four-point night (2G-2A) in the effort.

The Lightning captain has tallied five goals so far this season.

A season ago, the Habs won all four of their meetings with Tampa.

Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and will be broadcast on SN360 and RDS.

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