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Canadiens vs. Lightning: Game Five— Thread, roster & lines

The Canadiens fight to extend the series.

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Belief is a mental representation of what is true. It takes a combination of one's perception and knowledge to come to a conclusion about what is most likely to occur, and thus, what one believes.

Do you believe?

It's hard not to look at the 3-1 deficit the Montreal Canadiens are facing and not feel a twinge of dread. Never in this storied franchise's history has an edition of the Montreal Canadiens come back from a 3-0 series' deficit. Never before has this happened... This knowledge informs a conclusion that the likelihood of the Canadiens coming back in this series is almost close to none. Barring a miracle... barring the Habs pulling off something that the franchise has never accomplished before.

A miracle - something we should not expect to happen - can sometimes come as the cause of a lack of knowledge. There are some things that as fans we cannot know, for example, what was said at a team dinner on Wednesday night after game 3. As fans we take what knowledge we have, what we see in the game, what we hear off the ice. We judge the athlete's response, the coach's demeanour in his post-game conference. We come away with an impression, and this impression forms our belief. We live, and learn.

What the Canadiens learned on Thursday night has given them a greater reason to believe they can win another game against the Lightning. The Habs are not looking past the task at hand of extending the series. Being on season death-watch, the Habs are not thinking beyond what they can grasp.

The puck drops at 7:00 PM EST. Nathan Beaulieu has been given clearance to play, and at the morning skate he was paired up with Tom Gilbert, indicating he will be back in the lineup tonight in place of Greg Pateryn.

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 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
Alexei Emelin Jeff Petry
Tom Gilbert Nathan Beaulieu
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Mike Weaver, Manny Malholtra,  Sergei Gonchar, Brian Flynn, Greg Pateryn

Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Alex Killorn Steven Stamkos Ryan Callahan
Ondrej Palat Tyler Johnson Nikita Kucherov
Cedric Paquette Valterri Filppula J.T. Brown
Jonathan Drouin Brian Boyle Vladislav Namestnikov
Left Defense
Right Defense
Victor Hedman Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison Braydon Coburn
Matthew Carle Andrej Sustr
Ben Bishop
Andrei Vasilevski

Scratched: Mark Barberio, Nikita Nesterov, Brenden Morrow
Injuries: Mattias Ohlund (knee)

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