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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 4/18/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



TAMPA BAY (17-22-0-4, 38 pts.) at MONTREAL (26-12-0-5, 57 pts.)
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Thursday, 4/18/2013 7:35 PM
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59TAMPA BAY+160Ov 5.5,-115+135Ov 5.5,-115
60MONTREAL-185Un 5.5,-105-155Un 5.5,-105
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games17-26-0-11.417-26-11.423-
Team Stats (Road Games)6-16-0-9.66-16-9.613-82.927.13.532.0
Last 5 Games1-4-0-31-4-33-
TAMPA BAY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)4313633406124116211.7%1522919.1%248
Team Stats (Road Games)22641318321159610.7%67811.9%117
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5152670014310.5%15533.3%27
Stats Against (All Games) 13536504549130410.4%1413021.3%212
Stats Against (Road Games) 762131222670510.8%711521.1%123
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 218742117012.4%21838.1%35
TAMPA BAY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
BEN BISHOP (All Games)201963858792.0%19-10-0.89-10-0-19-8
BEN BISHOP (Road Games)111136032991.4%04-7-24-7-0-28-3
BEN BISHOP (Last 4 Games)4413011689.2%01-3-21-3-0-23-1
CEDRICK DESJARDINS (All Games)32736589.0%00-2-2.20-2-0-21-1
CEDRICK DESJARDINS (Road Games)21444090.9%00-1-10-1-0-10-1
CEDRICK DESJARDINS (Last 4 Games)32736589.0%00-2-2.20-2-0-21-1
MATHIEU GARON (All Games)181542738389.7%05-10-6.35-10-0-55-9
MATHIEU GARON (Road Games)11825122489.2%02-6-3.62-6-0-43-4
MATHIEU GARON (Last 4 Games)43907886.7%01-2-1.51-2-0-11-2
ANDERS LINDBACK (All Games)211955950590.3%010-9+010-9-0+112-4
ANDERS LINDBACK (Road Games)10824021388.7%03-5-1.93-5-0-26-2
ANDERS LINDBACK (Last 4 Games)431059994.3%02-1+0.82-1-0+10-2
DUSTIN TOKARSKI (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
DUSTIN TOKARSKI (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0

MONTREAL - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games26-17-0+4.226-17+4.223-
Team Stats (Home Games)13-9-0-1.513-9-1.58-
Last 5 Games1-4-0-4.61-4-4.64-
MONTREAL Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)4313539474456131810.2%1754022.9%233
Team Stats (Home Games)22662124192366310.0%842125.0%116
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)515564001718.8%19421.1%29
Stats Against (All Games) 1132552315411689.7%1602918.1%196
Stats Against (Home Games) 52132313305769.0%891719.1%92
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 229940013216.7%26519.2%40
MONTREAL - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
PETER BUDAJ (All Games)12925623290.6%16-3+3.66-3-0+46-3
PETER BUDAJ (Home Games)43767396.1%13-0+33-0-0+30-3
PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)42524586.5%01-101-1-002-0
CAREY PRICE (All Games)353491082590.7%320-14+0.620-14-0+117-17
CAREY PRICE (Home Games)191950045190.2%210-9-4.410-9-0-48-11
CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)43806581.2%00-3-4.60-3-0-52-1
Average power rating of opponents played: TAMPA BAY 3.05,  MONTREAL 3.06
TAMPA BAY - Schedule
3/23/2013at OTTAWA3-5L0, +115L5.5 unO
3/24/2013at WINNIPEG2-3L0, +135L6 unU
3/26/2013BUFFALO2-1W0, -125W5.5 ovU
3/29/2013NEW JERSEY5-4W0, -125W5.5 unO
4/2/2013FLORIDA2-3L0, -150L5.5 ovU
4/4/2013at CAROLINA5-0W0, +105W5.5 ovU
4/6/2013at NY ISLANDERS2-4L0, +105L5.5 evO
4/7/2013at WASHINGTON2-4L0, +120L5.5 ovO
4/9/2013OTTAWA3-2W0, -135W5.5 unU
4/11/2013PITTSBURGH3-6L0, +110L5.5 ovO
4/13/2013at WASHINGTON5-6L0, +135L6 unO
4/14/2013at BUFFALO1-3L0, +100L5.5 ovU
4/16/2013at WINNIPEG3-4L0, +115L5.5 ovO
4/18/2013at MONTREAL 
4/25/2013at BOSTON 

MONTREAL - Schedule
3/23/2013BUFFALO1-2L0, -200L5.5 unU
3/26/2013at PITTSBURGH0-1L0, +135L5.5 evU
3/27/2013at BOSTON6-5W0, +145W5 ovO
3/30/2013NY RANGERS3-0W0, -165W5 ovU
4/1/2013CAROLINA4-1W0, -185W5.5 unU
4/3/2013at PHILADELPHIA3-5L0, -135L5.5 unO
4/4/2013WINNIPEG4-1W0, -150W5.5 unU
4/6/2013BOSTON2-1W0, -110W5 ovU
4/9/2013WASHINGTON2-3L0, -155L5.5 unU
4/11/2013at BUFFALO5-1W0, -140W5.5 unO
4/13/2013at TORONTO1-5L0, -120L5.5 unO
4/15/2013PHILADELPHIA3-7L0, -185L5.5 unO
4/17/2013at PITTSBURGH4-6L0, +120L5.5 unO
4/18/2013TAMPA BAY 
4/23/2013at NEW JERSEY 
4/25/2013at WINNIPEG 
4/27/2013at TORONTO 

LAST SEASON: 38-36-8, 84 points. Missed the playoffs by finishing 10th in the Eastern Conference.

COACH: Guy Boucher, 3rd season, 84-61-19.

ADDED: G Anders Lindback, D Sami Salo, D Matt Carle, RW B,J. Crombeen, LW Benoit Pouliot.

LOST: G Dwayne Roloson, D Brett Clark, RW Ryan Shannon.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Steven Stamkos. Young rising star had NHL-best 60 goals, including a league-high 12 game-winners last season. The Lightning are counting on him to continue delivering in clutch situations.

OUTLOOK: A year removed from making the Eastern Conference finals in their first season under Boucher, the Lightning finished 10th in the conference - eight points short of the playoffs - last season. Stamkos & Co., feel a quick start will be one of the keys to getting back to the post-season.


LAST SEASON: 31-35-16, 78 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in Eastern Conference.

COACH: Michel Therrien, 4th season with Canadiens, 77-77-36 (2000-03), 8th overall, 212-182-68 in NHL.

ADDED: RW Colby Armstrong, D Francis Bouillon, LW Brandon Prust.

LOST: C Andreas Engqvist, D Brad Staubitz, LW Mathieu Darche.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Rookie first-round pick Alex Galchenyuk, who was selected with the No. 3 pick in the draft. He's already looking impressive during training camp this week. The Canadiens could use additional scoring punch to take the burden on the line of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Erik Cole, who combined to score 84 of the team's 207 goals.

OUTLOOK: After two coaching changes and a roster upheaval that sent Michael Cammalleri to Calgary, the outlook can only get better after the bottom fell out of Habs last season. Still, too soon to expect full turnaround under new GM Marc Bergevin, who is still retooling the roster that included sending C Scott Gomez home for remainder of season in order for the team to buy out his contract this summer.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-MONTREAL) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Lightning-Canadiens Preview* =============================


Tampa Bay (17-22-4) at Montreal (26-12-5), 7:30 p.m. EDT

Having failed to earn a point after clinching a playoff berth, the Montreal Canadiens are seeking to get their edge back while regaining sole possession of the Northeast Division lead.

The Canadiens will also try to avoid a season-high fourth straight loss when they host the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Since securing its return to the postseason with a 5-1 victory in Buffalo last Thursday, Montreal has been outscored 18-8 in three consecutive regulation defeats. That failure to earn points opened the door for Boston to match the Canadiens' 57 points on Wednesday.

The Bruins, though, currently occupy the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference because they've played one fewer game.

"When we locked up our spot in the playoffs we lost a little of that desperation," coach Michel Therrien told the team's website. "It's our job now to find it again and build on it so we're playing the best hockey possible when we start the playoffs."

The Canadiens (26-12-5) couldn't recover after falling behind 4-0 in the first 25 minutes against Pittsburgh on Wednesday and suffered a 6-4 defeat.

"We've got to get back to what was making us successful the start of the season," said goaltender Carey Price, who replaced an ineffective Peter Budaj. "The last three games we haven't gotten off to the best starts. They beat us right off the bat and got the ball rolling."

Montreal will try to get back in the groove during the visit from the Lightning (17-22-4), who are 0-2-2 in their last four games and have dropped a season-high five straight on the road. Tampa Bay rallied from a 3-1 deficit Tuesday in Winnipeg but fell 4-3 in a shootout.

The result pushed the Lightning closer to playoff elimination. Tampa Bay is eight points behind the eighth-place New York Rangers and ninth-place Winnipeg with only five games remaining.

The Lightning would be officially eliminated if they trail by nine or more points after Thursday.

"We never give up no matter what. By no means are we going to pack it in the last five games of the year," forward Steven Stamkos said.

Stamkos and teammate Martin St. Louis each remain five points behind injured league leader Sidney Crosby, and they'll try to move a little closer while ending Tampa Bay's three-game losing streak to the Canadiens and a three-game slide in Montreal.

The Canadiens needed three third-period goals for a 4-3 win in the most recent meeting March 9, and blew a 3-0 lead Feb. 12 before prevailing in a shootout.

Max Pacioretty has six goals and four assists in his last eight meetings with Tampa Bay, and Brian Gionta has three goals and two assists in his past five matchups.

Lightning defenseman Sami Salo has three goals and four assists in his last seven games against Montreal. St. Louis has seven assists in his past seven matchups, while Stamkos, who ranks second in the league with 27 goals, has just four points (three goals, one assist) over his last eight.

Tampa Bay could start goaltender Ben Bishop, who signed a two-year contract extension Monday. Bishop is 2-0-1 with a 1.25 goals-against average in three career starts against Montreal, playing all of those games while with Ottawa.

The Canadiens haven't dropped four in a row since March 24-31.

Last Updated: 5/24/2018 12:53:54 AM EST

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