What a treat for Columbus. The struggling Habs come to Columbus to battle here tonight prior to crossing the border tomorrow. The Jackets are still without head coach John Tortorella after suffering broken ribs during a practice outside at the a Winter Park, colliding with ex-Hab Rene Borque.
The Habs have been struggling lately in every position, and the biggest reason now is Carey Price. Since he's been gone, they find themselves out of the playoffs, and playing the same low level of hockey as Columbus. The Habs haven't been getting many goals from Max Paccioretty, PK Subban, or Brendan Gallagher. Mike Condon has been decent and Ben Scrivens has been a disaster so far.
Columbus came close Saturday, and are trying again by using the exact same lineup, as the assistant coaches said this morning. For the Habs, they seem to be sticking to the same lineup from their victory. Here's a look.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Boone Jenner – Brandon Dubinsky – Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell - Alexander Wennberg - Brandon Saad
Kerby Rychel – William Karlsson – Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert – Gregory Campbell – Rene Bourque
Ryan Murray – Seth Jones
Jack Johnson – Justin Falk
Fedor Tyutin – Dalton Prout
Injured: Sergei Bobrovsky (groin), Curtis McElhinney (ankle), David Clarkson (upper body), David Savard (oblique)
Scratched: Jared Boll, Cody Goloubef
Max Pacioretty - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher
Dale Weise - David Desharnais - Alex Galchenyuk
Daniel Carr - Lars Eller - Tomas Fleischmann
Devante Smith-Pelly - Torrey Mitchell - Brian Flynn
P.K. Subban - Andrei Markov
Alexei Emelin - Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu - Mark Barberio
Injured: Carey Price (lower body), Tom Gilbert (lower body), Paul Byron (lower body)
Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Jacob De La Rose
Players to Watch
Columbus: Scotty. With lots of trade rumors surrounding Scott Hartnell, and finding ways to increase it, he needs to put on a good performance against a struggling club.
Montreal- Lars Eller. With rumors of him heading to Columbus since last year, he can show us that he is worth something in return. Plus, he scored the shootout winner against Toronto on Saturday, so his confidence might be up.
Enjoy the games tonight. More to come…