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

The Canadiens seek to even the series.

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Last night, millions witnessed a display of exactly how defense wins championships when Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao in a 12-round decision. The Montreal Canadiens have been a team that prides itself on defensive prowess in the regular season, and have carried that success forward into the playoffs where, aside from 5 against the Senators when they gave up 5 goals, the Canadiens have allowed an average of 1.83 goals against in the post-season. But unlike the world's best boxer, the Canadiens have no counter-punch, having only scored 14 goals in 7 playoff games.

The Canadiens' shooting percentage is down from 7.93% in the regular season to a dismal 2.69% in the playoffs. The Habs threw 44 shots on 85 shot attempts at Ben Bishop on Friday night and only beat him once. The Denver, Colorado-born goaltender took a beating in his first game of the series, but came out on top by a slim blue-line sized margin, and now the Tampa Bay Lightning stand poised to leave Montreal with home-ice advantage as the series shifts back to Tampa on Wednesday.

Michel Therrien is not making any changes to his lineup tonight (other than one changed forced upon him with David Desharnais called out last minute with an illness), and indicating no change of plans to his team's approach to the game. We may see more dump and chase from the Habs than was utilized Friday, as Ben Bishop looked vulnerable at times when playing the puck in Game 1. Otherwise the Canadiens are confident in the way they played Friday night even though they didn't walk out of the game with the result they desired.

The puck drops at 6:00 PM EST. David Desharnais is out with an illness, with Brian Flynn drawing in to replace him. How this will impact the line combinations has yet to be revealed.

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

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Bryan Flynn 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
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

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

Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lineup
Left Wing
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
Ben Bishop
Andrei Vasilevski

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

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