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Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning: Game Thread

The Habs are trending up, the Bolts are trending down. Can Montreal make it three wins a row?

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

With a win today Montreal will sit 2 points behind the Lightning.

Tampa Bay is riddled with injuries at the moment, including both their goalies. Steven Stamkos is still recovering from a broken leg, and the Lightning lost Valtteri Filppula as well. Essentially the timing couldn't be better for the Habs, as the playoff race in the Eastern Conference is getting extremely heated.

The Lightning are coming off consecutive losses, and will rely on former Canadiens prospect Cedrick Desjardins to tend the goal.

This is the third meeting between the two clubs this season. Both previous games went to a shootout, and each team took home a 2-1 win.

Recent call up Christian Thomas practiced on a line with Bourque and Eller, due to Prust feeling ill from the flu, but it's uncertain whether or not he will face the Lightning, and his father (Steve Thomas) this afternoon.

Update: Michael Bournival will not start the game due to illness, which means Christian Thomas will play his first game as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. The lineup is definitely subject to change.

Puck drop is at 1:00 PM at the Bell Centre.

Here are your projected lineups:

Montreal Canadiens Prospective Lineup
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Christian Thomas Tomas Plekanec Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Brendan Gallagher
Rene Bourque Lars Eller Brandon Prust
Travis Moen Daniel Briere George Parros
Left Defense Right Defense
Josh Gorges P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov Alexei Emelin
Douglas Murray Nathan Beaulieu
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Peter Budaj

Scratches: Raphael Diaz, Francis Bouillon.

Injuries: Michael Bournival, (flu) Davis Drewiske (shoulder surgery, practicing), Alex Galchenyuk (wrist, 3-4 weeks), Ryan White (shoulder, 1-2 weeks).

As for the Tampa Bay Lightning

Prospective Lineup
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ondrej Palat Tyler Johnson Martin St.Louis
Alex Killorn Nikita Kucherov Teddy Purcell
J.T. Brown Nate Thompson Tom Pyatt
Ryan Malone BJ Combreen
Left Defense Right Defense
Sami Salo Victor Hedman
Matt Carle Radko Gudkas
Eric Brewer Mark Barberio
J.P. Cote
Goaltenders
Cedrick Desjardins
Kristers Gudlevskis

Check out the opposing side at Raw Charge