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Canadiens vs. Lightning: Game One — Thread, lines, & tale of the tape

Get ready for an electric series.

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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 (English): CBC
In Canada (French):  TVA Sports
In the United States: NBCSN
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter Live

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
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
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Jeff Petry Tom Gilbert
Alexei Emelin Greg Pateryn
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Mike Weaver, Manny Malholtra,  Sergei Gonchar, Brian Flynn
Injuries:
Nathan Beaulieu (upper body)

Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
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
Left Defense
Right Defense
Victor Hedman Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison Braydon Coburn
Matthew Carle Andrej Sustr
Goaltenders
Ben Bishop
Andrei Vasilevski

Scratched: Mark Barberio, Jonathan Drouin, Nikita Nesterov
Injuries: Mattias Ohlund (knee)

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