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