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Canadiens vs Lightning game thread

Playoff rematch! Can the Bolts stop the Habs or are they about to be on the wrong end of a 4-0 record again?

Andre Ringuette

The Canadiens are coming off a most improbable comeback that had a lot of you saying "eff this s" by the end of the first period. Thankfully some of us stuck around and they pulled it out in a shootout. Can they extend their perfect record to four games? The Bolts are coming off a disappointing shootout loss to the Sens in this rematch of last year's first round playoff sweep.

A few changes to the Canadiens lineup with Parenteau and Sekac switching spots, Parenteau will line up with Plekanec and Galchenyuk and Sekac will line up with Eller and Bourque. Tinordi started Saturday's game with Subban, but spent the majority of his time with Weaver. Expectations are that Markov and Subban will team up on the first pairing, Beaulieu and Gilbert on the second, and Tinordi with Weaver.

Both teams will go with their first string goalies for this game. The Bolts are playing the first of a back-to-back and the Habs are playing the last of a four game roadtrip that sees them with two days off before heading back to Montreal for their home opener against Boston.

Here's two questions for the comments, will Jonathan Drouin stick with the Bolts this season or is he destined for a return to junior? and Who will score first?

Puck drop is at 7:30PM ET. It will be carried on TV by RDS, City-Montreal & SUN.
Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
Rene Bourque Lars Eller Jiri Sekac
Brandon Prust Manny Malhotra Dale Weise
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Nathan Beaulieu Tom Gilbert
Jarred Tinordi Mike Weaver
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Scratches: Travis Moen, Michael Bournival

Injuries: Alexei Emelin (upper body)

As for the Tampa Bay Lightning, here's how they're looking:

Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Ondrej Palat
Steven Stamkos Ryan Callahan
Alex Killorn Valtteri Filppula Tyler Johnson
Nikita Kucherov Vladislav Namestnikov J.T. Brown
Brenden Morrow Brian Boyle Brett Connolly
Left Defense
Right Defense
Victor Hedman Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison Radko Gudas
Matt Carle Andrej Sustr
Ben Bishop
Evgeni Nabokov

Scratched: Eric Brewer, Mark Barberio

Injured: Mattias Ohlund (knee), Jonathan Drouin (thumb)

Check out the opposing side at Raw Charge