Montreal (3rd - Atlantic) at Tampa Bay (2nd - Atlantic)

Matchup Details
Wed, Apr 16 - Tampa Bay Times Forum
FACEOFF - 7:00 PM ET
W/LATSMONEYHomeAwayO/U
Montreal 46-28-5-338-44-21323-13-3-223-15-2-128-42
Tampa Bay 46-27-3-644-38152325-10-1-521-17-2-140-39
CONSENSUS ANALYSIS
 
RECENT TRENDS
INJURY REPORT
Montreal
PPlayerStatusNotes
CL. Eller
Prob Wed
Illness
04/13/14
Eller is dealing with an illness and missed the final two games of the regular season. He is expected to return for the opening game of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Lightning.
LWT. Moen
Ques Wed
Concussion
04/14/14
Moen was diagnosed with a concussion and did not play in the final game of the regular season against the Rangers. He is questionable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Lightning on Wednesday.
CA. Galchenyuk
Out indefinitely
Knee
04/13/14
Galchenyuk is dealing with a knee injury and is expected to miss the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Lightning.
LWB. Prust
Out indefinitely
Ribs
03/24/14
Prust is dealing with an upper body injury and will be out for the remainder of the regular season.
Tampa Bay
PPlayerStatusNotes
CV. Filppula
Prob Wed
Lower Body
04/15/14
Filppula missed the final two regular season games due to a lower-body injury. He has returned to practice and is expected to return for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Canadiens.
LWR. Malone
Ques Wed
Disciplinary
04/14/14
Malone has been arrested on charges of driving under the influence and possession of cocaine. His availability for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Canadiens will be determined after a mandatory evaluation under the league's substance abuse program.
DV. Hedman
Ques Wed
Lower Body
04/14/14
Hedman is suffering from a lower-body injury and is questionable to play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Wednesday against the Canadiens.
LWO. Palat
Ques Wed
Undisclosed
04/13/14
Palat is dealing with an undisclosed injury and missed the final regular season game. He is questionable for the start of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Wednesday against the Canadiens.
GB. Bishop
Out Wed
Upper Body
04/15/14
Bishop left the game on April 8th with an elbow injury and missed the remainder of the regular season. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but he will not play in Game 1 against the Canadiens on Wednesday.
DB. Lee
I-R
Knee
12/17/13
Lee was placed on the long-term injured reserve after undergoing a second knee surgery. He is without a timetable for a return and could miss the remainder of the season.
DM. Ohlund
I-R
Knee
10/02/13
Ohlund is recovering from multiple knee injuries and has no timetable for when he will be able to return. He was placed on the long-term injured reserve October 2nd.
NEWS

Covers Preview - The Montreal Canadiens attempt to erase the stinging memory of last season's Eastern Conference first-round playoff ouster when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday in the opener of a best-of-seven series. Unlike a year ago when Montreal was a prohibitive favorite over Ottawa, the Canadiens and Tampa Bay finished one point apart in the standings. Montreal needs to find a way to generate offense against the Lightning after scoring once in each of their four games.

 
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