The Playoff series between The Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens contains many inter-connecting threads and personalities. It's hard not to think of Marty St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier when you mention Montreal but for the Bolts and Canadiens, if not the fans, these 2 no longer stoke the conversation though their contributions will never be forgotten. Instead we have Asst. GM Julien Brisebois ( poached from the Canadiens organization ) and a number of current Bolt Players who came up through the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, including Cedric Pacquette, Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov and Mark Barberio. The Canadiens have Bolt draft pick and fan favorite Dustin Tokarski.
The Bolts would seem to have a size advantage in the forward and defensive ranks but Montreal boasts 9 double digit goal scorers to only 7 for the Bolts. The lightning on the other hand have 4x 20+ goals scorers versus two for the Canadiens. In the tight checking playoff hockey to come, goaltending will likely be the deciding issue. Montreal's Carey Price has been stellar as has Anders Lindback with only 2 goals allowed in his past 3 outings since the injury to Ben Bishop. Special teams will also likely play a huge part with both teams having an advantage in 1 or more areas. The Canadiens have one of the best PK's in the League @ 85.1% versus a Bolt Powerplay at 18.5%. The Lightning PK is at 80.1% while the Habs Powerplay is at 17.2%. The Bolts have 10 shorthanded goals to 6 for the Habs.
In this series at least. players like George Parros and BJ Crombeen will likely hardly see the ice though they could be expected to contribute more in the next round.