Game Preview by Sam Gerber
Last game: MTL 3  NYR 1  

The Habs took advantage of a make-shift Rangers team that had many of their best players injured or held out of the lineup in expectation of a trade. The Canadiens  controlled good portions of the game. Noah Juulsen was a stand out in his first NHL game.

For a complete recap: Let Them Play

Players to watch

  • Noah Juulsen
    Juulsen will have a much bigger test tonight against one of the best teams in the NHL and one of the most explosive offenses.
  • Steven Stamkos
    Stamkos and the Lightning have their eyes set on winning the President’s Trophy and beyond.
  • Yanni Gourde
    Gourde has been one of the Lightning’s best players of late. With 47 points already this season, Gourde will be a player to watch.

Keys to Victory

  • Set the pace
    The Canadiens must use their speed to set the tone and engage the Bell Centre if they are to have a chance of defeating one of the league’s best teams.
  • Execute zone entries
    The Canadiens may have difficulty retrieving the puck on the forecheck so must make use of effective entries.
  • Take no penalties
    Take a penalty against the Lightning and the Canadiens will give up a goal. It is as simple as that.
Matchup by All Habs staff
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC | February 24, 7:00 PM ET | TV: CITY, TVAS, SUN

2017-18 statistics

85 (2nd) Points (rank) 54 (28th)
41-17-3 Record 23-29-8
21-11-2 Away/Home 15-10-6
6-4-0 Last 10 3-5-2
3.56 GF/G 2.53
2.66 GA/G 3.10
24.4 PP% 20.9
77.9 PK% 77.1
 51.29  CF%  51.41
eSAT Analytics by Mathieu Chagnon
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Namestnikov – Stamkos – Callahan
Killorn – Point – Kucherov
Kunitz – Gourde – Johnson
Erne – Paquette – Conacher
Pacioretty – Drouin – Lehkonen
Byron – De La Rose – Gallagher
Galchenyuk – Danault – Hudon
Deslauriers – Froese – Carr
Hedman – Stralman
Sergachev – Girardi
Dotchin – Coburn
Mete – Petry
Alzner – Juulsen
Morrow – Benn
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Koekkoek, Sustr
Injured: Budaj, Palat
Scratched: Schlemko, Plekanec, L. Shaw
Injured: Weber, Hemsky, A. Shaw, Price
Andrei Vasilevskiy Antti Niemi
Record: 35-12-2
GAA: 2.33
Sv%: .928
SO: 7
Alternate: Louis Domingue
Record: 3-6-1
GAA: 3.86
Sv%: .888
SO: 0
Alternate: Charlie Lindgren
 What to Expect by Sam Gerber
Prediction: Canadiens 2  Lightning 0 

With both teams being labeled as sellers at the deadline, press row at the Bell Centre could be overflowing with scouts. Several players on the ice will be auditioning for their next team. One losing streak will come to an end tonight.

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