Are you astraphobic? Astraphobia - the fear of lightning - can be associated with symptoms such as trembling, sweating, crying or other panicked reactions in the face of a thunderstorm. Over the past two days, we've been hearing plenty of reasons why the Montreal Canadiens should be astraphobic...
The Habs went 0-4-1 against the Lightning this year while being outscored 21-8, with Lightning goalie Ben Bishop posting a .933 sv%, 1.59 GAA on 120 shots. Apparently on a streak of vengeance, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos stopped himself short of saying his team got the match-up they wanted in the second round in his post-game interview Wednesday night after the Lightning beat out the Detroit Red Wings.
Without a doubt, the Canadiens will have to make adjustments to their approach against the Lightning taken in the regular season, as it was a complete flop. The Lightning were incredibly proficient at hemming the Canadiens in their own zone, out-shooting the Canadiens 170-120, and holding a puck-possession advantage of 56.71 CF% over the 5 games played (321SAT-245SAA overall; 238SAT-190SAA 5 v 5).
Even though the Lightning were not exactly a good road team - ranked 19th in the league on the road with a record of 18-16-7 (with 3 of those wins at the Bell Center) - in their first-round match-up with the Red Wings they were 2-1 on the road, providing yet another example of how difficult it is to project regular season statistics into the playoffs.
The Canadiens ensured home-ice advantage just in case they had to face the Lightning in the Division Championship round, and it may be the difference in the series. The Canadiens will want to come out battling, as they did in the first round, to re-establish some form of dominance against a team that's had their number this season, and is out to avenge last year's disappointment.
The puck drops at 7:00 PM EST. There may be some changes made to the line-ups shown below. Updates will be made as they become available.
In Canada (French): TVA Sports
|Max Pacioretty||Tomas Plekanec||Brendan Gallagher|
|Alex Galchenyuk||David Desharnais||Dale Weise|
|Brandon Prust||Lars Eller||P.A. Parenteau|
|Jacob de la Rose||Torrey Mitchell||Devante Smith-Pelly|
|Andrei Markov||P.K. Subban|
|Jeff Petry||Tom Gilbert|
|Alexei Emelin||Greg Pateryn|
Scratched: Mike Weaver, Manny Malholtra, Sergei Gonchar, Brian Flynn
Injuries: Nathan Beaulieu (upper body)
|Alex Killorn||Steven Stamkos||Ryan Callahan|
|Ondrej Palat||Tyler Johnson||Nikita Kucherov|
|Brian Boyle||Valterri Filppula||Cedric Paquette|
|Brenden Morrow||Vladislav Namestnikov||J.T. Brown|
|Victor Hedman||Anton Stralman|
|Jason Garrison||Braydon Coburn|
|Matthew Carle||Andrej Sustr|
Scratched: Mark Barberio, Jonathan Drouin, Nikita Nesterov
Injuries: Mattias Ohlund (knee)
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