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Canadiens vs. Lightning Game Thread, roster, lines, and how to watch

The Habs end their home-stand with a big game against the Lightning.

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On a day that was mostly dominated by news of a trade involving the Senators and Maple Leafs, the Habs have a serious hockey game to play tonight following a two-win weekend that has slightly piqued the hopes of Canadiens' fans.

Tonight's contest with the Lightning is huge, in that the Lightning are currently on a good run, wining ten of their past twelve games, and are the Habs best opponent in a couple of weeks. The wins over the Oilers and Hurricanes last weekend helped put a little ground under a team with very shaky confidence, and has positioned them to give this game tonight even more meaning than the regular rival-implications of match-ups with the Lightning.

If the Habs win tonight, they will move to within two points of the final playoff spot (assuming the Islanders lose again tonight), but will have more games played than the teams they are chasing. It would probably be best to not look at the standings with such scrutiny, and focus on this situation game-by-game. The big question is whether or not the Habs will be sellers or not come trade deadline. The outcome of this game will be a big factor in making that determination.

Line-up notes: Jeff Petry is out with a lower-body injury, so Nathan Beaulieu will draw into the lineup to fill in; Ben Scrivens starts again after back-to-back wins last weekend.

The puck drops at 7:30 PM EST.

How To Watch:

In Canada (French): RDS
In Canada (English): Sportsnet East
In the Lightning region: SUN Sports
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Dale Weise
Tomas Fleischmann Lars Eller Sven Andrighetto
Brian Flynn Torrey Mitchell Devante Smith-Pelly
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin Tom Gilbert
Mark Barberio Nathan Beaulieu
Ben Scrivens
Mike Condon

Scratched: Greg Pateryn
Carey Price (lower body) Paul Byron (upper body), Daniel Carr (lower body), Lucas Lessio (lower body), Jeff Petry (lower body)

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

Scratched: Jonathan Marchessault
Injuries: Mattias Ohlund (knee), Joel Vermin (hand), Jason Garrison (lower body)

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