On the Canadiens side, not much we didn’t know already. The lineup for game two will probably be the same as the one that dominated but edged the Lightning 5-4 in overtime Wednesday night.
The Canadiens power play is lousy and the team spent more practice time trying to find a miracle cure for a team ailment that has existed since early December and has been particularly acute over the last three weeks and nine games. They are 0-for-25 since March 25th. To put that into persective, the Canadiens have been on a power play just over 48 minutes including 2 minutes 5-on-3 without scoring.
Travis Moen was out with the rest of the Canadiens in a non-contact jersey. He is still operating under the concussion protocol and won’t be available for Friday’s game.
On the Tampa side, we learned that that Ben Bishop’s elbow is going to keep him out of game two and perhaps well beyond. He was on the ice Thursday but didn’t take any shots. According to Tampa head coach Jon Cooper, “I don’t think we’ll see Bishop anytime soon. This series would have to extend for there to be a chance.” Bishop was on the ice at practice but didn’t take any shots.
Ondrej Palat, the rookie sensation who has been playing on the Stamkos line, missed the third period and overtime of game one. Cooper says it’s not a concussion but he’ll be a game time decision Friday. West Islander Alex Killorn was an effective replacement on the Stamkos line through the third period and especially in the overtime