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The Habs and Lightning face off for the second time in eight days.

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens have not won a game since a stop in Calgary on December 22. Since that point they’ve played five games, losing the final four on a year-ending road trip before kicking off 2018 in a similar fashion, looking discouraged down the stretch of a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the San Jose Sharks.

The quest for a win doesn’t get any easier for the team, as they welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Bell Centre for the first time this season, with a road loss to the Lightning making up part of their current slide.

The Habs will be making a few lineup chages for tonight’s contest. The rotation of players will continue as Daniel Carr will be watching from above, with Jacob de la Rose slotting back in for the first time since December 7, centring the fourth line with Nicolas Deslauriers and Andrew Shaw on his wings.

Puck drop is at 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST

How to watch

Puck drop: 7:30 PM EDT / 4:30 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN GO (English), RDS (French)
In the Lightning region: SUN
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Nikita Scherbak Phillip Danault Artturi Lehkonen
Alex Galchenyuk Jonathan Drouin Brendan Gallagher
Paul Byron Jacob de la Rose Logan Shaw
Nicolas Deslauriers Byron Froese Andrew Shaw

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jordie Benn Jeff Petry
Karl Alzner Noah Juulsen
Mike Reilly David Schlemko

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Daniel Carr, Byron Froese
Injured: Shea Weber (foot), Ales Hemsky (concussion), Al Montoya (concussion)

Tampa Bay Lightning projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Brad Marchand Riley Nash David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk David Krejci Rick Nash
Tommy Wingels David Backes Brian Gionta
Tim Schaller Sean Kuraly Noel Acciari

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Zdeno Chara Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug Kevan Miller
Nick Holden Brandon Carlo

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin