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The Habs look to spoil Tampa Bay’s playoff hopes

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With the NHL season winding down, there are still teams jostling for playoff positions, and the race is tighter than ever.

Tampa Bay is coming off a 4-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and can’t afford another loss. They are tied with the Islanders with 90 points, and trail the Leafs by only 3 points. Tampa Bay is playing desperate hockey right now, and players like Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman are leading the way for the Bolts.

Meanwhile, the Habs, after clinching the Atlantic Division, are simply looking to play spoiler now. Coming off a 2-1 loss to the Sabres, they’re looking to end the season on a winning note, with only two games left on the regular season schedule. Montreal is 2-1 against Tampa Bay this season, and are looking to take the season series tonight.

A few lineup notes for Montreal: Michael McCarron was playing on the fourth line, and Andreas Martinsen re-joins the line up as well. Carey Price will play tonight, and therefore will rest in the Habs final game against Detroit. On the defensive side of things, Shea Weber and Alexei Emelin were not present at the morning skate, which means we will see the season debut of Brett Lernout, whereas Nikita Nesterov will have first pairing duties alongside Andrei Markov.

How to watch

Puck drop: 7:30 PM EDT / 4:30 PM PDT

In Canada: Sportsnet East (English), RDS (French)

In the United States: NBCSN

Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Paul Byron Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Dwight King Andrew Shaw Artturi Lehkonen
Alex Galchenyuk Steve Ott Andreas Martinsen
Brian Flynn Torrey Mitchell Michael McCarron

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Brandon Davidson Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu Brett Lernout
Mikhail Sergachev Nikita Nesterov

Goalies

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Charlie Lindgren
Al Montoya

Injured: Shea Weber (upper body), Alexei Emelin (lower body)

Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Tomas Tatar
Matt Lorito Dylan Larkin Justin Abdelkader
Riley Sheahan Frans Nielsen Darren Helm
Ben Street Tomas Nosek Drew Miller

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Danny DeKeyser Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Xavier Ouellet Robbie Russo

Goalies

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Injured: Steven Stamkos (knee), Ryan Callaghan (knee), Tyler Johnson (lower body), Cedric Paquette (lower body), Jason Garrison (lower body).