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Canadiens vs Lightning 2014 playoff schedule

The first round series Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens will get underway on Wednesday.

Mike Carlson

The NHL has released the schedule for the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening round of the 2014 playoffs:

Game Away Home Date
1 Montreal Tampa Bay Wednesday, April 16th. 7:00 PM
2 Montreal Tampa Bay Friday, April 18th. 7:00 PM
3 Tampa Bay Montreal Sunday April 20th. 7:00 PM
4 Tampa Bay Montreal Tuesday April 22nd. 7:00 PM
5* Montreal Tampa Bay Thursday, April 24th. 7:00 PM
6* Tampa Bay Montreal Sunday, April 27th. 7:00 PM
7* Montreal Tampa Bay Tuesday, April 29th. 7:00 PM

*if necessary

Throughout the season Montreal didn't particularly draw much advantage from playing at home, considering their record of 23-13-5 is almost identical to their away record of 23-15-3. Tampa Bay on the other hand was tremendous at home, sporting at top notch 25-10-6 record compared to their road record of 21-17-3.

There should be plenty of away support for the Habs in Florida, as there is usually a good turnout during most Canadiens games at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

It's worth noting that no games are scheduled for Saturday night, which seems a little silly considering Montreal is Canada's only team that managed to get an invite to the big dance. I can't remember the last time there was no Canadian team playing on a Saturday night in the playoffs.

All the games will be available on CBC and RDS in Canada, and online via their web stream service.

The American TV schedule bounces around from network to network, you can view it here.