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The Habs look to spoil Tampa Bay’s playoff hopes

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: Gamecentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Paul ByronPhillip DanaultBrendan Gallagher
Dwight KingAndrew ShawArtturi Lehkonen
Alex GalchenyukSteve OttAndreas Martinsen
Brian FlynnTorrey MitchellMichael McCarron


Left DefenceRight Defence
Brandon DavidsonJeff Petry
Nathan BeaulieuBrett Lernout
Mikhail SergachevNikita Nesterov


Charlie Lindgren
Al Montoya

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

Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Gustav NyquistHenrik ZetterbergTomas Tatar
Matt LoritoDylan LarkinJustin Abdelkader
Riley SheahanFrans NielsenDarren Helm
Ben StreetTomas NosekDrew Miller


Left DefenceRight Defence
Danny DeKeyserNick Jensen
Niklas KronwallMike Green
Xavier OuelletRobbie Russo


Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

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

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