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Geoffrion to make Canadiens debut tonight in Tampa

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TSN.ca Staff
2/28/2012 12:41:42 PM
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Fourth generation NHLer Blake Geoffrion is expected to continue his family's lineage with the Montreal Canadiens tonight when the Habs take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.

You can watch the game live on TSN Canadiens at 7:30pm et/8:30pm at and listen in on TSN Radio 990 at TSN.ca/Montreal.

Montreal acquired Geoffrion from the Nashville Predators last week in a trade for veteran defenceman Hal Gill. The young winger is the son of former Montreal Canadien Danny Geoffrion, the grandson of Habs Hall of Famer Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion and the great-grandson of Canadiens legend Howie Morenz.

Geoffrion, 24, has six goals and five assists in 42 games over two seasons. Since being acquired by the Canadiens, he's tallied two goals and eight points in five games with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs.

The club called him up on Monday and sent forward Louis LeBlanc back to Hamilton after trading winger Andrei Kostitsyn to Nashville earlier in the day. If he plays, Geoffrion will wear No. 57 - an homage to retired numbers '7' for Morenz and '5' for Bernie Geoffrion.

After acquiring Blake Geoffrion, prospect Robert Slaney and a 2012 second-round pick from Nashville on Feb. 17 for veteran defenseman Hal Gill and a conditional 2013 fifth-round draft pick, Montreal picked up a second-round pick in 2013 and a conditional fifth-round selection from the Predators on Monday for right wing Andrei Kostitsyn.

Montreal (24-29-10) lost to Washington and Florida to begin its trip.

"This (four-game) losing streak is not easy on anybody," interim coach Randy Cunneyworth said following Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Panthers. "The one thing you have to do is have a little pride and you have to keep working hard."

The Lightning are going for a fourth consecutive home win.
 
Former Canadien Mathieu Garon is 9-3-2 with a 2.67 goals-against average in his last 14 starts, while Dwayne Roloson has won just eight times in 22 starts and owns a career-worst 3.76 GAA after giving up every goal in Saturday's 8-1 loss at Pittsburgh.

Tampa Bay has a league-worst 3.37 GAA after surrendering 15 goals on its just-completed 1-2-0 trip. The Lightning acquired three defencemen for their stretch drive on Tuesday, acquiring Mike Commodore from Detroit, Brian Lee from the Ottawa Senators and Keith Aulie from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Commodore and Lee are expected to play Tuesday, while Aulie is still working on his work visa.

The Lightning, 11th in the East, open a stretch of 10 of 12 at home against a Canadiens team that has lost six of seven.

Geoffrion family (Photo: Getty Images)

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(Photo: Getty Images)

TSN's Game Notes

Teams have split two games this season, TB winning at home

TB has gone 3-1-0 over their past 4 games at home vs MTL

TB:
TB is coming off a 1-2-0 road trip, going 4/14 on the PP

TB has won 3 straight at home, going 6/7 on the PK

Stamkos has 6G, 7A over the past 6 games

MTL:
MTL has lost 4 straight games, scoring 4G

MTL has dropped 2 straight on the road, going 1/9 on the PP

Geoffrion expected to make his MTL debut, 4th Generation to play with MTL Morenz-Bernie Geoffrion-Danny Geoffrion

Desharnais has 2G, 8A over his past 9 games

For games notes for all of tonight's games, click here.

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