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Canadiens at Lightning preview

Tampa Bay seeks fifth straight win; Montreal 8-2-2 in past 12

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

CANADIENS (31-19-7) at LIGHTNING (43-11-4)

7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CITY, SNE, TVAS, SUN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to extend their winning streak to five when they host the Montreal Canadiens at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

Tampa Bay is 6-0-2 in its past eight games and leads the NHL with 90 points. The Lightning have outscored opponents 22-9 in during their winning streak.

Montreal is 8-2-2 in its past 12 games and has the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

 

Players to Watch

Canadiens goalie Carey Price is 7-1-1 with a shutout and a .941 save percentage in his past nine starts.

Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) during a three-game point streak and leads the NHL with 92 points (26 goals, 66 assists) in 58 games. 

 

They said it

"We know we've got a tough test ahead of us, we're playing a really good hockey team. But we know if we play to our strengths we give ourselves a shot every night. It's always a fast-paced hockey game here. It's going to be fun." -- Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher

"We continue to look at a lot of areas of our game and continue to improve. That's a great sign that our group is understanding that we can keep getting better and we're never satisfied." -- Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh

 
Canadiens projected lineup

Jonathan Drouin -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Tomas Tatar -- Max Domi -- Andrew Shaw

Artturi Lehkonen -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Joel Armia

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Nate Thompson -- Dale Weise

Victor Mete -- Shea Weber

Mike Reilly -- Jeff Petry

Brett Kulak -- Jordie Benn

Carey Price

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Charles Hudon, Matthew Peca, Christian Folin

Injured: Paul Byron (arm)

 

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Steven Stamkos -- Tyler Johnson

Yanni Gourde -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov 

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- J.T. Miller

Adam Erne -- Cedric Paquette -- Mathieu Joseph

Victor Hedman -- Dan Girardi

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Anton Stralman -- Mikhail Sergachev

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Braydon Coburn, Danick Martel, Ryan Callahan

Injured: none

 
Status Report

Both teams practiced Friday and had optional skates Saturday morning. …Weber did not practice Friday for body maintenance, but skated Saturday and he is expected to be in the lineup. …Cernak missed the past two games (lower body) but is expected to return Saturday.

 
Stat Pack

Drouin has nine points (three goals, six assists) in the past five games. …Point has eight points (two goals, six assists) on a four-game point streak. …Danault has seven points (three goals, four assists) in the past six games. …Stamkos has eight points (four goals, four assists) on a four-game point streak.

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