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

Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Game 75: Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS (French)
In the Panthers region: Bally Sports Sun
Streaming: ESPN+, RDS, TSN+

Cayden Primeau tries to keep his personal run of great performances going. He has helped the Canadiens earn at least a point in five of his last seven starts and has won his last three matches at the Bell Centre, surrendering a total of one goal in those games.

It’s no easy opponent he faces this evening, a Tampa Bay Lightning team on a mission to improve its playoff position. Primeau was in net the last time the Habs and Lightning met, and was able to claim a point in a shootout loss on March 2, stopping 26 of the 29 shots he faced through 65 minutes. That was at Amalie Arena, where the Lightning have played significantly better this year.

Joel Armia and Nick Suzuki will be trying their best to give him some run support, but teams are finding that difficult with how well Tampa Bay is playing defensively. Even the Toronto Maple Leafs only managed one goal a night ago, so Montreal will need to force its way into the high-danger areas to avoid a similar fate.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#22 Cole Caufield #14 Nick Suzuki #20 Juraj Slafkovský
#11 Brendan Gallagher #35 Alex Newhook #40 Joel Armia
#17 Josh Anderson #71 Jake Evans #56 Jesse Ylönen
#55 Michael Pezzetta #36 Colin White #49 Rafaël Harvey-Pinard
Left Defence Right Defence
#8 Mike Matheson #21 Kaiden Guhle
#72 Arber Xhekaj #58 David Savard
#47 Jayden Struble $54 Jordan Harris
Starter Backup
#30 Cayden Primeau #35 Samuel Montembeault

Injured: Kirby Dach, Christian Dvorak, Joshua Roy, Chris Wideman
Scratched: Johnny Kovacevic, Tanner Pearson

Tampa Bay Lightning projected lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Anthony Duclair Brayden Point Nikita Kucherov
Steven Stamkos Anthony Cirelli Brandon Hagel
Mikey Eyssimont Nick Paul Mitchell Chaffee
Tanner Jeannot Luke Glendening Tyler Motte
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Hedman Darren Raddysh
Haydn Fleury Erik Cernak
Emil Martinsen-Lilleberg Matt Dumba
Starter Backup
Matt Tomkins Andrei Vasilevskiy

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