The holidays are over for the players of the Montreal Canadiens who will continue their streak of games abroad on Wednesday by visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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The Habs trained at the end of the morning at the Amalie Arena and for the occasion, forward Brendan Gallagher wore a regular player's jersey. The veteran hasn't played a game since Nov. 29 due to a lower-body injury. He'll have to wait a bit longer because he won't be playing in Tampa.
In addition, defender Justin Barron will participate in a first duel with the Canadian this season and will replace Chris Wideman. Jake Allen will face the Lightning, so Samuel Montembeault is likely to cross swords with his former organization, the Florida Panthers, on Thursday.
Head coach Martin St-Louis' squad will try to halt a two-game losing streak, losing 4-2 to the Dallas Stars in their last outing on Friday. Also, she will want to forget the 5 to 1 defeat suffered by the “Bolts” on December 17 at the Bell Center, just before the start of her series of seven confrontations in enemy territory.
In the Lightning camp, some also have things to be forgiven. The Florida team has dropped its last two games and, occupying third place, it is 16 points behind the top of the Atlantic Division.