First off, the big news is that Carey Price will get the start versus the Lightning.
This will be of particular interest to not only Tampa Bay fans, but Leafs fans as well, who are currently keeping an eye in their rearview mirror. Tampa Bay is three points back of the Leafs, with two games remaining on the schedule.
Carey Price vs @TBLightning #lavoiedubé— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) April 7, 2017
Neither Alexei Emelin nor Shea Weber were present for the morning skate. As it stands, we know Weber’s injury is not serious, but we haven’t yet received an update on Emelin’s status.
Alexei Emelin and Shea Weber are not on the ice this morning. #tvasports— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) April 7, 2017
The forward lineup saw a minor change, with Michael McCarron taking over 4th line centre duties, and Andreas Martinsen returning to the wing. This indicates that both Brian Flynn and Torrey Mitchell will sit out the game against the Lightning.
Les trios du #CH:— Chantal Machabee (@ChantalMachabee) April 7, 2017
As for the defensive pairings, we’re in for an...interesting setup. Nikita Nesterov was promoted to the first pairing, Brandon Davidson was paired with Jeff Petry on the second, and freshly recalled Brett Lernout was practicing alongside Nathan Beaulieu. Jordie Benn took part in the rushes, but will not play.
#Habs D & G vs #TBLightning:— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) April 7, 2017
Markov - Nesterov
Davidson - Petry
Beaulieu - Lernout
(Benn rotating but not playing)
Update: Both Benn and Weber will be ready for the playoffs, however Emelin’s status remains in question.
Shea Weber et Jordie Benn seront prêts pour les séries. Benn ratera les 2 prochains matchs. Weber sera absent ce soir; on verra pour demain.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) April 7, 2017