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After alternating wins and losses in their previous four games, the Jackets look to get on a consistent winning track, as they go for two-straight against Boston.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

After alternating wins and losses in their last four games, the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Boston Bruins Monday night from TD Garden.

Start a New Streak

The Jackets come off a 2-1 Saturday night loss in Carolina against the Hurricanes, while the Bruins dropped their game with the Rangers 3-2 in overtime. They have dropped two-straight. As Columbus enters in third place, and just two points back of first place New Jersey, they are just six points above the basement of the division.

Such is life in the crowded Metropolitan Division.

Boston is in third in the Atlantic and has been getting huge contributions from leading scorer David Pastrnak (30 P, 15 G, 15 A). Ryan Spooner returned to action against the Rangers, and has only played 11 games due to a groin injury suffered in October.

Tuukka Rask has been the undisputed No. 1 netminder in Boston the last several years, but this season has also seen the emergence of Anton Khudobin (7-2-2, 2.67, .915%), who stepped up in the early portion of the season. Rask has assumed most of the time in net as of late.

Burning up I-71

Sonny Milano has been recalled, along with defenseman Cameron Gaunce. Gaunce has played 32 games in the NHL, split up between the Avalanche, Stars, and Penguins among the three previous seasons. He has not played in the NHL this season.

In the corresponding move, Jordan Schroeder, and Gabriel Carlsson were sent to Cleveland.

The first goal of the game will be important. Boston has allowed the first marker each of the last three games (1-1-1) and is 5-10 when they do. When they score first, Boston is 10-1-3. Both teams are in the top 10 in shot attempts percentage and are very similar in shooting plus save percentage.

As Alexander Wennberg looks to get going offensively, he has three points in his last two.

Tonight could be a prime opportunity for Joonas Korpisalo to get back in the net, though it sounds as if Sergei Bobrovsky makes his eighth-straight start. Over his previous seven, he is 3-4, with a 3.33 goals-against average, and .886 save percentage.

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Blue Jackets-Bruins Game Notes

Projected Lineups

Boston Bruins
Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron David Pastrnak
Jake Debrusk David Krejci Ryan Spooner
Danton Heinen Riley Nash David Backes
Noel Acciari Sean Kuraly Tim Schaller
Zdeno Chara Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk Kevan Miller
Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin
Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Josh Anderson
Oliver Bjorkstrand Alexander Wennberg Cam Atkinson
Sonny Milano Boone Jenner Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert Lukas Sedlak Markus Hannikainen
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson Markus Nutivaara
Scott Harrington David Savard
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo