5 Keys to a Montreal Canadiens’ 1st-Round Victory vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

April 12th, 2014 by Ryan Szporer Leave a reply »
At this point, the Montreal Canadiens know little else aside from the fact that they will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. That, at least, is certain beyond a shadow of a doubt.

However, home ice is still up for grabs. Whom they will face in the Tampa net following an injury to starter Ben Bishop is another major question mark.

Will Lightning forward Ryan Malone be available after being arrested on Saturday morning for cocaine possession, according to TSN.ca? Who knows? Who cares, perhaps more accurately, as he has just five goals and 10 assists this season.

In all seriousness, nothing is for certain in this first-round series. With victory far from guaranteed, here are the top five keys in order for the Habs to advance:

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