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April 20th, this is the actual anniversary of the Habs-Nords Good Friday Massacre game (a come from behind win that the Habs won 5-3 and ten players were ejected) and the Canadiens are hosting a playoff game at home. It feels a little ominous especially with the way these playoffs have been heating up.
The Lightning still have some major issues in goal. From Erik Erlendsson, lover of peeps and who covers the Bolts for the Tampa Bay Tribune, but not the guy who played on Live Through This:
He's not close yet "@CarsonPadgett any word on Ben Bishop? Even though goaltending isn't the real issue, it could be a nice boost."— Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) April 20, 2014
Lots of people are now clamouring for Gudlevskis to start which is kind of the equivalent of the Habs losing Carey Price and fans shouting for Mike Condon to start game 3. I'd compare Dustin Tokarski to Kristers Gudlveskis, but Tokarski with ten games of NHL experience is a grizzled vet in comparison. A guy named Kristers making saves on Easter Sunday might be a little too close to the case for people to handle so all indications point to The Ders (Lindback) making the start in net tonight.
Injured Bolts rookie Ondrej Palat skated on a line with Nate Thompson and Richard Panik today in practice. It's unclear whether Palat is a lock for tonight's game. You'd have to assume that Jon Cooper avoids going with 7 D tonight and Palat is in the line-up, but it still appears to be a gametime decision.
Travis Moen has shown signs of progression, but is not expect in the line-up tonight. That is a very prudent move by the Canadiens given that they're up 2-0 and back on home ice. Why rush Moen back just yet? And while we may see Moen in this series, Galchenyuk as you can figure out isn't expected back until the 2nd round.
Only four Canadiens (Bouillon, Bournival, Prust, and Markov) don't have a point so far in the playoffs, who is your money on to change that tonight?
Also - which goal was more highlight reel worthy, Rene Bourque's or Pavel Datsyuk's? I give Datsyuk higher marks for skill, but Bourque's goal got points for difficulty and speed.
Oh and P.J. Stock applauding ignorance of Fenwick and Corsi? What a clown.
Puck drop is at 7 PM
|Max Pacioretty||David Desharnais||Thomas Vanek|
|Brandon Prust||Tomas Plekanec||Brendan Gallagher|
|Rene Bourque||Lars Eller||Brian Gionta|
|Michael Bournival||Danny Briere||Dale Weise|
|Andrei Markov||Alexei Emelin|
|Josh Gorges||P.K. Subban|
|Francis Bouillon||Mike Weaver|
Scratches: Douglas Murray, Jarred Tinordi, George Parros, Ryan White
Injuries: Travis Moen (concussion), Alex Galchenyuk (lower body)
As for the Bolts
|Alex Killorn||Tyler Johnson||Steven Stamkos|
|Teddy Purcell||Valtteri Filppula||Ryan Callahan|
|Tom Pyatt||Cedric Paquette||J.T. Brown|
|Ondrej Palat||Nate Thompson||B.J. Crombeen|
|Matt Carle||Radko Gudas|
|Victor Hedman||Andrej Sustr|
|Eric Brewer||Mark Barberio|
Scratches: Ryan Malone, Nikita Kucherov, Keith Aulie, Richard Panik, Cody Kunyk, Sami Salo, Mike Kostka
Injuries: Ben Bishop (upper body), Brian Lee (out for the season), Mattias Ohlund (out for the season)
Check out the opposing side at Raw Charge
This game will be carried on CBC and RDS in Canada and NBCSN in the US.
You can stream the HNIC (CBC) feed here.