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Canadiens @ Lightning: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

The Habs have their last chance to post a win versus Tampa Bay.

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Mark LoMoglio/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ 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

After leaving Tuesday’s game with an upper-body injury, Tomas Tatar has flown back to Montreal for further evaluations. In his place comes Lukas Vejdemo from the Laval Rocket, getting his second taste of action in the NHL. He’ll get dropped into a match with several other rookies as they take on an inconsistent team from Tampa Bay

Already on one of their down stretches of the season, the Lightning learned that they’d be without Steven Stamkos for the foreseeable future. One of their top forwards will miss the remainder of the regular season, which will hinder their shot at claiming the division title, though if that means avoiding a Metropolitan wild-card club, that may not turn out to be a bad thing. The Lightning have the depth to cope with an injury to a top player, and should they advance through the first round, they may get their star forward back for round two.

UPDATE:

Despite adding Vejdemo, it seems the Canadiens will be down to 11 forwards anyway with Brendan Gallagher unable to go. Karl Alzner playing forward is one option to fill the spot, though Xavier Ouellet has more experience playing the position and may get that positional shift in the end.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Artturi Lehkonen Phillip Danault Karl Alzner
Charles Hudon Nick Suzuki Joel Armia
Paul Byron Max Domi Jordan Weal
Lukas Vejdemo Jake Evans Dale Weise

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Brett Kulak Jeff Petry
Xavier Ouellet Christian Folin

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Charlie Lindgren

Tampa Bay Lightning projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Ondrej Palat Brayden Point Nikita Kucherov
Blakr Coleman Anthony Cirelli Alex Killorn
Barclay Goodrow Mitchell Stevens Tyler Johnson
Patrick Maroon Cedric Paquette Yanni Gourde

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Hedman Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev Kevin Shattenkirk
Braydon Coburn Zach Bogosian

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney