The Tampa Bay Lightning are moving into the Montreal area.
The Lightning are always dangerous in Montreal. Ever since the Lightning swept the Habs in the playoffs in 04, they get special attention no matter how bad their record is.
They have been a strange team this year, currently 13th in the East but boasting the fifth and sixth overall scorers in Vinny Lecavalier and Martin St Louis.
The game plan should be a simple one then, contain St Louis and Lecavalier and you win. Easier said than done. Lecavalier currently has a 7 game point streak.
Not only are they on fire, but in typical Quebecois style those two are always excited and ready to play back at home. They’ll have friends and family at the game and be ready to go.
The Canadiens got some unlikely scoring from Sergei Samsonov against the Bruins. His first goals in 19 games. The big question, will it take another 19 games for him to score again?
Still questionable for the game are Steve Begin and Sheldon Souray, both nursing sore ribs and sore wrist respectively.
Souray was noticeably absent from the Habs powerplay against Boston. The Canadiens had 6 powerplays and converted only 1.
Souray is lethal on the PP but not only when he shoots. Teams have started noticing and paying more attention to him and that opens up the ice for the rest of the Habs PP. Specifically Michael Ryder whose been allowed to freely roam the slot in recent games.
Special teams are the Canadiens strength right now and that’s been the difference in most of their games.