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Montreal seeks retribution for a frustrating loss on Saturday.

NHL: OCT 15 Lightning at Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Lightning region: SUN
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live

The Canadiens got some bad news regarding Brendan Gallagher during his evaluations after taking Ben Chairot”s knee to his head. The winger has a concussion, and it's severe enough to place him on the Injured Reserve list, where he will need to remain until at least Tuesday.

To fill the spot in the roster created by his absence, the Canadiens recalled Dale Weise, and he'll play on the fourth line tonight, opposite Lukas Vejdemo. Gallagher's spot on the top line will be taken by Nick Cousins, leaving much of the lineup, including the Domi line, intact.

You're not going to find many people who will argue Cousins is Gallagher's equal, so the quality of the formation will be substantially lower than when the Habs and Lightning met on Saturday night. Nevertheless, the players who are healthy enough to play need to give their best efforts of the season, because a loss hands the season series to Tampa Bay (the first tiebreaker should clubs be tied in points), makes the gap between the clubs even greater, and deals a major blow to hopes of playing in the post-season.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Nick Cousins
Artturi Lehkonen Max Domi Nick Suzuki
Ryan Poehling Jesperi Kotkaniemi Jordan Weal
Lukas Vejdemo Nate Thompson Dale Weise

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Brett Kulak Jeff Petry
Victor Mete Cale Fleury

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Charlie Lindgren

Injured: Joel Armia, Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin, Brendan Gallagher, Matthew Peca
Scratched: Riley Barber, Christian Folin, Mikey Reilly

Tampa Bay Lightning projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Steven Stamkos Brayden Point Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat Anthony Cirelli Tyler Johnson
Patrick Marron Cedric Paquette Alex Killorn
Yanni Gourde Carter Verhaeghe Mitchell Stephens

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Hedman Luke Schenn
Ryan McDonagh Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev Kevin Shattenkirk

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney