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With Carey Price on the shelf with a lower-body injury, the Canadiens turned to Antti Niemi to man the crease, and he responded by earning his first win since November 10 against the Vegas Golden Knights. Head coach Claude Julien would not confirm whether he'd use Niemi in both games of the back-to-back, so we'll have to wait until his pregame media availability to find out who will be in nets and if there will be any changes to the Habs' lineup.
The Lightning, meanwhile, are the League's hottest team this month. They have yet to lose a regulation game in December and have won 11 of the 12 games they've played so far. Tampa is riding an impressive four-game winning streak in which the Lightning have scored at least five goals in each game; their most recent victory was a 6-5 overtime decision at home against the Philadelphia Flyers. Nikita Kucherov leads the NHL in scoring in December with 26 points (7G, 19A), while Steven Stamkos  is the top goal-scorer with 14.