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Game Preview #60 - Which Team Is Showing Up?

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With three games to go before the deadline amidst interesting rumors swirling, which Jackets club takes the ice tonight? The competent almosts, or the losers to Buffalo?

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens at Columbus Blue Jackets

February 26, 2015 - 7:00 pm EST
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Radio - WWCD 102.5 FM - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Eyes On The Prize

Oh, hey, there's a game tonight!

I can't even get up for this one, to be honest. Tuesday's game was so gross. I just hope it's not a beat down.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(26-29-4, 56 Points; 7th division, 13th conference)

Alexander Wennberg Ryan Johansen Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell Artem Anisimov Marko Dano
Corey Tropp Mark Letestu Jared Boll
Jack Johnson David Savard
Jordan Leopold James Wisniewski
Fedor Tyutin Cody Goloubef
Curtis McElhinney
Oscar Dansk

Montreal Canadiens
(39-16-5, 79 Points; 1st Division,1st Conference)

Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Brendan Gallagher
Lars Eller Tomas Plekanec Alex Galchenyuk
Brandon Prust Jacob De La Rose Dale Weise
Michael Bournival Manny Malhotra Devante Smith-Pelly
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Nathan Beaulieu Tom Gilbert
Jarred Tinordi Greg Pateryn
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Season Series

MON - 2-0-0
CBJ - 0-2-0

01/14/15 - Montreal 3 at Columbus 2
02/21/15 - Columbus 1 at Montreal 3
02/26/15 - Montreal at Columbus

Head to Head Stats

Montreal Columbus
2.60 (21) GPG 2.56 (23)
2.18 (1) GAPG 3.08 (26)
17.0% (24) PP% 20.7% (6)
85.6% (5) PK% 80.8% (17)
Max Pacioretty, 29 G leader Nick Foligno, 23
P.K. Subban, 33 A leader Nick Foligno / Ryan Johansen, 32
Max Pacioretty, 52 Pts leader Nick Foligno, 55
Brandon Prust, 102 PIM leader Scott Hartnell, 82
18-9-1 Road/Home 12-15-2
7-1-2 Last 10 5-4-1
2/24 @ St. Louis, W 5-2 Last Game 2/24 vs. Buffalo, L 4-2