Let’s cut to the chase: Montreal is a good team. How good? Undefeated in regulation in their first 10 games, with just a single shootout loss, at Ottawa in their second game.
Good news: Carey Price is out! Bad news: Al Montoya, the backup, is 3-0-1 with a 1.47 GAA and .955 save percentage. It will be very important for the Jackets to get a lot of shots in and hope some get through. Fortunately, Les Habs have allowed 30+ shots against in 7 of their 10 games.
How can the Blue Jackets generate that sort of attack? According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, through shorter shifts to keep everyone fresh:
How else can the Jackets win? Well, let’s hear our coach’s assessment of this group:
In roster news, Columbus has recalled Sonny Milano from Cleveland, but he will not play tonight. He’s an extra forward in case one is needed on the trip to St. Louis tomorrow. No other changes to the Jackets’ lineup from Tuesday night.
|Brandon Saad||Alexander Wennberg||Nick Foligno|
|Boone Jenner||Brandon Dubinsky||Cam Atkinson|
|Matt Calvert||William Karlsson||Josh Anderson|
|Scott Hartnell||Lukas Sedlak||Sam Gagner|
|Zach Werenski||Seth Jones|
|Ryan Murray||Jack Johnson|
|Markus Nutivaara||David Savard|
|Max Pacioretty||David Desharnais||Andrew Shaw|
|Alexander Radulov||Alex Galchenyuk||Brendan Gallagher|
|Paul Byron||Tomas Plekanec||Artturi Lehkonen|
|Phillip Danault||Torrey Mitchell||Brian Flynn|
|Alexei Emelin||Shea Weber|
|Andrei Markov||Jeff Petry|
|Nathan Beaulieu||Greg Pateryn|
|The ever elusive Carey Price|