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DEFENDING FIRST PLACE

Ladyfriend and I are going to our first game this year. Please don’t end us if they lose.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens @ Columbus Blue Jackets
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: FS-OH; Radio: WBNS-FM
Opponent’s Blog: Eyes On The Prize

Defend first place.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are in first place right now, in case you hadn’t heard. They are literally in the exact opposite spot they were at this time last season, and in a place they have never been before. A win tonight leaves the CBJ in first place through Christmas. Is there a better present? Hard pressed to find one.

I expect Bob to get the start tonight. In the opposite net, Al Montoya will start (meaning, hey, Carey Price is out!) and he will be looking to avenge a 10-0 loss his last time here.

Go Jackets. #WinTheThird and bring this one home.

Season Series

11/4/16 MTL 0 @ CBJ 10
12/23/16 MTL @ CBJ
2/28/17 CBJ @ MTL

Stats Matchup

Montreal Columbus
3.09 (4) GPG 3.42 (1)
2.21 (4) GAPG 2.07 (2)
19.4% (12) PP% 27.0% (1)
81.8% (17) PK% 81.8% (14)
52.6% (4) EV CF% 50.7% (14)
102.9 (2) EV PDO 102.6 (4)
Max Pacioretty, 13 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 14
Andrei Markov, 19 A Leader Alexander Wennberg, 21
Max Pacioretty, 26 P Leader Cam Atkinson, 33
Andrew Shaw, 58 PIM Leader Nick Foligno, 33
6-5-2 Road / Home 12-3-1
5-3-2 Last 10 10-0-0

Probable Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets

Brandon Saad Alexander Wennberg Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell William Karlsson Josh Anderson
Matt Calvert Lukas Sedlak Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson David Savard
Markus Nutivaara Ryan Murray
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Montreal Canadiens

Max Pacioretty Phillip Danault Alexander Radulov
Paul Byron Torrey Mitchell Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen Tomas Plekanec Brian Flynn
Daniel Carr Michael McCarron Chris Terry
Nathan Beaulieu Shea Weber
Joel Hanley Jeff Petry
Mark Barberio Zach Redmond
Al Montoya
Carey Price