Tampa, FL-- It's official. The Lightning will play the Montreal Canadians in the first round of the playoff next week.
The matchup became definite Wednesday night after the Detroit Red Wings lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3.
Home ice advantage won't be decided until this weekend, and the end of the regular season. The Lightning have 3 more games remaining, as do the Canadians.
The NHL Playoffs begin Wednesday, April 16, but the Lightning won't necessarily begin their series that day.