April 16,2014
NHL playoffs begin

Tampa Bay won three of four meetings this season. (Getty Images) More NHL Playoffs: Schedule, TV listings | Expert Picks | Bracket | Scores | Odds Under the new playoff format the 2/3 matchup is what the old 4/5 matchup used to be where you get two teams with little separation in the standings and what should be an all-around even matchup. That's the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens.

Under the old format these two wouldn't be meeting in the first round because the Lightning would have run away with the Southeast but now they are division foes and even though they finished third and fourth in the conference, they still draw each other right away.
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