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2014 NHL Playoffs schedule Tampa Bay vs Montreal Canadiens live stream, odds

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The 2014 NHL playoff schedule live stream and TV coverage gets underway tonight with three games on the schedule including the Tampa Bay Lightning taking on the Montreal Canadiens. According to a SI report on April 15, these two teams have faced each other four times this season, and every game has been a close hard fought battle. With the Canadiens and their fans anxious to relive the glory days and bring the Lord Stanley's Cup back to the city of Montreal this NHL playoff live stream action will be one of the most anticipated in the first round.

The first three times the Lightning and Canadiens met this year the final score for each game finished the same, 2-1. Each of those games went into overtime with two of the three ending in shootouts. Expect more of the same hard hitting and low scoring action from these two teams when they meet up tonight.

So what could be the x-factor in this game and this series? Well for starters, Tampa Bay will be without their number one goaltender Ben Bishop. Bishop was in goal for all four meetings this season vs. Montreal and played outstanding in each meeting.

Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper announced yesterday at the team's press conference that the Lightning’s top net minder will not start Game 1. That is not the best news for Tampa fans. Bishop finished the regular season with a 37-14-1 mark, setting franchise records for Tampa in victories, goals-against average and save percentage this season.

''I think a lot of people, prior to Ben going down, thought this was going to be a big-time series in net. I think it's still going to be,'' Cooper said Tuesday after practice at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Anders Lindback will be starting in goal tonight in place of Bishop. Lindback posted a 8-12-2 record during the 2013-14 season and gave up a goal more per game on average than Bishop.

Las Vegas odds makers have Tampa Bay set as the favorite at -125 with the over under number set at 5.5. Even without Bishop, Tampa Bay is still listed as a slight favorite.

Fans can catch all of the action for this game on CNBC nationally and streaming live online through NBC Sports Extra starting at 7 p.m. ET.

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