MONTREAL - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Thursday night's matchup against the Lightning at the Bell Centre.
1. After dropping their last three road games, home cooking should do the Canadiens some good. Claude Julien's troops will have a chance to exact some revenge on the Lightning, who bested them 5-4 on December 28 in the Sunshine State. The Habs held a 2-0 advantage in the first period, but surrendered four straight goals to the opposition before utimately coming up short at Amalie Arena. Julien's squad followed that up with a 6-5 loss to the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, before falling 3-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes on New Year's Eve. That lone goal against the Hurricanes came courtesy of Max Domi, who extended his scoring streak to six straight games. Goaltender Charlie Lindgren made 33 saves in his first start of the season with the big club.
2. According to the NHL's Public Relations Department, Domi became just the sixth different Canadiens player in the last 40 years to register a goal streak of at least six games during the regular season. The 24-year-old centerman is also riding a seven-game point streak, during which he has collected 10 points (6g, 4a). He sits tied for fourth on the roster alongside Phillip Danault with 30 points (12g, 18a) on the year.
3. Following Thursday's morning skate, Julien confirmed that right-winger Brendan Gallagher suffered a concussion during Tuesday night's game in North Carolina. He has been placed on injured reserve. Joining the top line with Gallagher on the sidelines is Nick Cousins, who will skate with Danault and Tomas Tatar versus Tampa Bay. This marks the first game Gallagher has missed since February 11, 2017. He played 229 consecutive regular-season contests before going down. Forward Dale Weise, who was recalled from the AHL's Laval Rocket on Wednesday, will play on a line with Lukas Vejdemo and Nate Thompson.
4. For their part, the Lightning are riding a four-game winning streak. On Tuesday night, Jon Cooper's contingent rallied from a 4-1 deficit to the Buffalo Sabres midway through the second period to earn a 6-4 victory in Western New York. Left-winger Alex Killorn led the way offensively for the Lightning with a pair of goals. Speaking of Killorn, he sits tied for the team lead in goals with centerman Brayden Point. Points-wise, Russian sniper Nikita Kucherov leads the way with 41 points (13g, 28a), while defenseman Victor Hedman ranks second with 37 points (9g, 28a) thus far this year. Captain Steven Stamkos sits third with 36 points (14g, 22a).
5. Puck drop on Thursday night is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can watch the game on TSN2 and RDS, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98.5 fm. To purchase tickets, click here. Up next for the Canadiens is a matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.