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Canadiens look to take advantage of reeling Lightning

Tampa Bay (6-14-8) at Montreal (16-6-5), 7:00 pm EST

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- It has been a while since the Montreal

Canadiens have lost in regulation. It has been even longer

since the Tampa Bay Lightning have enjoyed success.

The Canadiens hope to win for the fifth time in six games when

they host the lowly Lightning on Thursday.

Montreal last fell in regulation on November 28, a 3-0 loss to

the Washington Capitals. Prior to that, its last defeat after

three periods came in a 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on

November 18.

The Canadiens endured a pedestrian month of November, posting a

6-6-2 record. However, they have gotten off to a rousing start

in December with a 3-0-1 mark.

Their 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday enabled

them to improve to 9-2-3 at home.

The Lightning, however, have trudged through a miserable season.

They have dropped nine in a row and 14 of 15.

Tampa Bay's 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday dropped

it to 1-7-4 since interim coach Rick Tocchet took over for the

fired Barry Melrose on November 14.

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