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TBL@MTL: Five things you need to know

The Canadiens face another tough test when they play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Tuesday night's matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Centre.

1. The Canadiens should be a confident bunch heading into a key Atlantic Division matchup after downing the St. Louis Blues in convincing fashion over the weekend. Tomas Tatar, Jonathan Drouin, Phillip Danault, Artturi Lehkonen, Brendan Gallagher and Max Domi all scored for Claude Julien's contingent in a 6-3 victory on home turf on Saturday night. Gallagher led the way with a three-point effort (1G, 2A), while Drouin extended his point streak to five straight games to begin the 2019-20 campaign. For his part, Carey Price turned aside 26 of 29 shots to pick up the win.

Video: Canadiens score four unanswered goals to beat Blues

2. Following the morning skate, Julien confirmed that he'd be sticking with the same lineup that beat the Blues, meaning that forward Nick Cousins and defensemen Mike Reilly and Cale Fleury would all be healthy scratches against the Lightning. After recovering from a back injury, Cousins is still waiting to make his Canadiens debut.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Take a look at the forward lines and defensive pairings from Tuesday's practice in Brossard.#GoHabsGo

3. If Drouin collects a point against the Lightning, he would become the first Canadiens player since defenseman Andrei Markov in 2008-09 to begin a season with a six-game point streak. That would certainly be an impressive feat for the 24-year-old left-winger, who is off to a remarkable start to his sixth year in the NHL ranks. Markov's streak spanned seven games, during which he collected 10 points (10A) between October 10 and October 25, 2008.

Video: MTL@TOR: Drouin nets goal off defender in front

4. The Lightning, meanwhile, came up short in their most recent outing, falling to the Senators in Ottawa by a score of 4-2 on Saturday. But as Canadiens fans know all too well, head coach Jon Cooper's squad boasts a lineup capable of dominating the opposition on any given night. Steven Stamkos (3G, 3A), Nikita Kurcherov (3G, 3A) and Mikhail Sergachev (6A) all currently sit tied for the team lead with six points each.

5. Puck drop on Tuesday night is 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. The contest also marks the first of 12 "University Nights" on the schedule. Students from participating universities can purchase tickets in the 400 level for only $42.00 for all Monday and Tuesday home games at the Bell Centre. Each ticket includes a free beer. To learn more about the initiative, click here.

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