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Nuts and Bolts: A potential playoff preview in Montreal

The Bolts face the Habs on Tuesday with Montreal sitting one point out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Coming off a 5-2 win in Ottawa on Monday night, the Bolts close out the back-to-back vs. the Canadiens on Tuesday.

Tampa Bay will face a desperate Canadiens team battling for a playoff spot. Montreal has won five of their last seven games but currently sit one point out of the second wild card position in the Eastern Conference.

Lines from Monday's game. Subject to change.

Forwards
Ondrej Palat - Steven Stamkos - Mathieu Joseph
Yanni Gourde - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Tyler Johnson - Anthony Cirelli - Alex Killorn
J.T. Miller - Cedric Paquette - Adam Erne

Defensemen
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev
Cameron Gaunce - Jan Rutta

Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Eddie Pasquale

Tuesday's Matchup
Tampa Bay and Montreal are playing their fourth of four meetings this season and the second of two at Bell Centre...The Lightning have won all three previous matchups and are looking to sweep the regular season series from the Canadiens for the second time in team history (also: 5-0-0 in 2014-15 regular season)...Tampa Bay earned a 4-1 win in its first visit this season to Bell Centre Nov. 3, the Bolts scoring four unanswered goals -- two by Steven Stamkos -- after going down 1-0 just :58 seconds into the game...The Lightning defeated the Canadiens 6-5 at AMALIE Arena Dec. 29, the Bolts rallying from a 5-4 deficit entering the third period behind a pair of Adam Erne goals (game-winner with 1:02 to go)...Tampa Bay blanked Montreal 3-0 in the teams' last meeting Feb. 16 at AMALIE Arena behind three third-period goals and a 20-save shutout by Andrei Vasilevskiy...The Lightning have won two in a row and are on a four-game point streak (3-0-1) in Montreal...The Bolts are on a 10-game point streak overall agianst the Habs, going 8-0-2...Nikita Kucherov has points in eight-straight games -- including multiple points in each of the last three games -- vs. MTL (6-7--13)...Tyler Johnson has scored a goal in two-straight and three of his last four games against MTL...Brayden Point has tallied an assist in three- straight games vs. MTL...Yanni Gourde is on a three-game goal streak and four-game point streak (3-1--4) vs. MTL.

Tuesday's Storylines
The Lightning are completing their 11th of 11 back-to-back sets this season...The Bolts are 7-3-0 in the second half of a back-to- back...Tampa Bay has swept six back-to-back sets this season...The Lightning are just the third NHL team all-time to reach 60 wins, joining the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings (62 wins) and 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens (60 wins), and can set a new League record for wins by sweeping their final three regular season games...Tampa Bay picked up its 28th road win of the season in Ottawa, tied for the second most road wins all-time in the NHL...The Bolts can match the League record for road wins -- 31 by the 2005-06 Detroit Red Wings -- by sweeping its final three road games of the regular season...Tampa Bay's 124 points are tied for the fifth most in NHL history...The Lightning own a +100 goal differential and are aiming to become the 40th NHL all-time with a +100 or greater goal differential.

Injuries
2018-19 Man Games Lost: 110
Current injuries
Louis Domingue (Lower Body; Day-to-Day) 1 Game
Dan Girardi (Lower Body; Out Indefinitely) 11 Games
Victor Hedman (Upper Body; Day-to-Day) 1 Game
Anton Stralman (Lower Body; Day-to-Day) 11 Games

Tampa Bay Sports Item of the Game
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The Road Ahead
Thursday, April 4 at Toronto Maple Leafs
Saturday, April 6 at Boson Bruins

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