No lineup changes for Habs in Game 2

The Canadiens hit the ice in Tampa just before 11:30 a.m. for an optional morning skate as they prepared to face the Lightning in Game 2 of their playoff series Friday night (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

A dozen players took part along with both goalies – Carey Price and Peter Budaj. After the skate, coach Michel Therrien told reporters in Tampa there would be no changes from the Game 1 lineup, which won 5-4 in overtime Wednesday night.

Only 10 skaters and goalie Kristers Gudlevskis took part in the Lightning morning skate. Rookie winger Ondrej Palat, who suffered an upper-body injury in Game 1, wasn’t on the ice and will be a game-time decision.

After the skate, Dale Weise, who was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks in February and scored the OT winner in Game 1, talked about the leadership in the Habs’ locker room.

“I think we have great leadership in this locker room,” Weise told reporters in Tampa. “It keeps guys grounded when we have good games and we don’t dissect things too much when we have bad games. We have some things we want to tighten up from last game, but we didn’t dwell on that and at the same time we don’t think we’re awesome because we scored five goals. The poise on this team is unbelievable.”

Here’s how the Habs lines are expected to look for Game 2:

Pacioretty-Desharnais-Vanek
Prust-Plekanec-Gallagher
Bourque-Eller-Gionta
Bournival-Briere-Weise

(Photo by Chris O’Meara/The Associated Press)

Game 2 preview, NHL.com

Game Notes

Game Day Report, Canadiens.com

Morning skate interviews (video), Canadiens.com

Habs hope to tighten defence in Game 2, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Five keys to Game 2, Canadiens.com

Catholic church gets Habs Fever, montrealgazette.com

‘Subtle’ Stamkos sparks Lightning, by Bruce Arthur of Postmedia News

Three keys for Lightning and Canadiens in Game 2, NHL.com

Stamkos dealing well with great expectations, Tampa Bay Times

Lightning coach says Game 1 was worse on review, Tampa Bay Times

Lightning needs to shoot if it wants to score, Tampa Bay Times

30th anniversary of Good Friday brawl between Habs and Nordiques, Stu on Sports blog

309 Comments

  1. WVHabsfan says:

    I am feeling good about tonight’s games ladies and gents. Go Habs go!!!

  2. Ian Cobb says:

    Just came back from Good Friday Church service, it was Hab fan tastic. Great time of year to be a Christian! Now! Go Hab’s Go!

  3. Sean Bonjovi says:

    I never been a Michel Therrien fan, but what he has done well this year is prepare his team to play different styles of hockey. They’ve gone periods of time when they’ve played wide open, depending on the goalie and the breakaway pass. They’ve played dump and chase hockey, and they’ve been a puck possession team at times. Marc Bergevin deserves some credit for building a roster with the flexibility to play different styles too. Therrien didn’t employ a style that gave his team the best chance to win every single game all season, but they still ended up with 100 points and I think they’re better prepared to face a variety of opponents, and they’re more difficult to coach against than a team that can only play one style.

    • I don’t know if that is MT, or necessity. We played a few games a la JM protect the lead and it didn’t work. We were blown out at least four times (LA, SJ, TO, SL) and had some less than interested games. Is it the players or the coaches? I can’t say, but I’m curious as to whether that is a reaction, or pre-meditated.

      I’m still not an MT fan. I am a fan of the players.

      I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  4. Poor Gally, on the wing with Pleks and Prust who had two glaring mistakes in game one. To best make use of Gally’s bulldog like skills, where would he best fit at this point with Chucky out?

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  5. scoobedoo says:

    I always root for 2 teams – Habs and whoever’s playing Boston.

    But that might be because I’m stuck in southern New England among a bunch of people whose idea of history dates back to whenever the Red Sox last won the world series…


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