Lightning vs. Canadiens
Lightning Leading Regular Season Scorer: Ondrej Palat, 59 points (23 goals, 36 assists).
Canadiens Leading Regular Season Scorer: Thomas Vanek, 68 points (27 goals, 41 assists).
Lightning Expected Starting Goaltender: Anders Lindback, 8-12-2, 2.90 GAA, .891 SV%.
Canadiens Expected Starting Goaltender: Carey Price, 34-20-5, 2.32 GAA, .927 SV%.
Lightning Regular Season Statistics
Canadiens Regular Season Statistics
Lightning Injuries: Center Valtteri Filppula ("lower body") and left winger Ondrej Palat ("upper body") are questionable. Goaltender Ben Bishop (elbow) is out. Defensemen Brian Lee (knee) and Mattias Ohlund (knee) are on injured reserve.
Canadiens Injuries: Center Lars Eller (illness) is probable. Left winger Brandon Prust ("upper body") is questionable. Center Alex Galchenyuk ("lower body") and left winger Travis Moen (concussion) are on injured reserve.
Lightning with Stanley Cup bling: Valtteri Filppula (above), C.
Canadiens with Stanley Cup bling: Brian Gionta, RW; Travis Moen, LW; George Parros, RW.
Something worthwhile about the Lightning: The Lightning scored 10 short-handed goals this season, most among any team in the postseason.
Something worthwhile about the Canadiens: The Canadiens blocked 688 shots this past regular season, most in the NHL among any team in the postseason.
Something useless about the Lightning that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The first home postseason goal in Lightning history was scored by former Penguins right winger Petr Klima in Game 3 of a 1996 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
Something useless about the Canadiens that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The last Canadiens goaltender to stop a postseason penalty shot was Andy Moog. He stopped Penguins right winger Aleksey Morozov in Game 1 of a 1998 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
Former Penguins on the Lightning: Ryan Malone, LW.
Former Penguins on the Canadiens: Marc Bergevin, general manager; Jean-Jacques Daigneault, assistant coach; Douglas Murray, D; Michel Therrien, head coach.
Who needs to be the difference for the Lightning: Victor Hedman, Eric Brewer, Matt Carle, Sami Salo. With the Lightning dealing a questionable goaltending situation thanks to the health of Bishop, the Lightning's blue line needs to reign in the Canadien's fleet crew of skilled forwards.
Who needs to be the difference for the Canadiens: Carey Price (right). He will be facing a pretty skilled group of forwards for the Lightning. He needs to steal goals.
Best Lightning YouTube Video We Could Find: Lightning left winger Alexander Selivanov scoring an overtime goal in a 4-3 win against the Flyers in Game 3 of a 1996 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series:
Best Canadiens YouTube Video We Could Find: Canadiens right winger Russ Courtnall scoring the series-clinching goal in overtime of a 3-2 win against the Hartford Whalers in Game 7 of a 1992 Adams Division semifinal:
EN Prediction: Everything depends on Bishop's health. If he's not available, this will be a brief series. Canadiens 4-2.
(Photos: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images and Mike Carlson/Getty Images)