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

Tonight will be the fourth time in the last four games that the Blue Jackets are facing an opponent who played in the night before. This will be the third of those games in which the opponent played an OT game. Last night Montreal defeated the Devils 4-3 in New Jersey.

Last night, Les Habitants used Al Montoya in goal, which means that for the first time since February 26, 2015, Columbus will be facing Carey Price. In case you have not heard, Price was out for the 5 meetings since then.

The first meeting against Montreal was that record-breaking 10-0 victory in November. The December rematch was a closely-contested 2-1 battle right before Christmas.

Montreal made a trade yesterday in advance of the deadline, exchanging defenseman Greg Pateryn and a fourth round pick for Dallas defenseman Jordie Benn. Benn skated this morning but the rest of the team did not, so it’s not yet clear where he’ll fit in the lineup (most likely the second pairing)

Obviously the trade deadline will continue to loom over all games tonight, prior to the 3 pm deadline tomorrow.

William Karlsson was not on the ice this morning, as he is not feeling well (per the Dispatch’s Tom Reed). UPDATE: Karlsson is out:

Projected Lineups

Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno Alexander Wennberg BJORKSTRAND
Brandon Saad Sam Gagner Scott Hartnell
Markus Hannikainen ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Josh Anderson
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson David Savard
Ryan Murray Markus Nutivaara
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Max Pacioretty Phillip Danault Alexander Radulov
Paul Byron Tomas Plekanec Andrew Shaw
Artturi Lehkonen Alex Galchenyuk Brendan Gallagher
Sven Andrighetto David Desharnais Torrey Mitchell
Andrei Markov Shea Weber
Alexei Emelin Jeff Petry/Jordie Benn
Nathan Beaulieu Nikita Nesterov
Carey Price
Al Montoya