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Habs vs Jackets Preview - Speedrun Edition

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Montreal Canadiens v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Ben Jackson/NHLI via Getty Images

Jackets vs Habs
7 PM, Nationwide Arena
Probably Bally Sports and 97.1
Opponents Blog: Eyes on the Prize

As a college student, it is my sworn duty to procrastinate everything. I did that for this preview.

The Jackets have recently somehow been kinda good! Going 4-1-1 in a six game stretch. That’s cool. I don’t have time to fact check this but that seems like a high enough points percentage to make the playoffs. Whether or not it’s sustainable is the big question (its not).

The Habs are also very not good, losing to the Sabres 7-2 last night. That’s less than ideal. The Jackets also beat them on Thursday 6-4. This is a very weird month schedule-wise.

The Blue Jackets are also debuting their Reverse Retros tonight. Too bad the design sucks. Also wouldn’t black Friday have been more appropriate, theming wise? Classic CBJ marketing.

I get out of work at 12:30 so I’ll update this to be good by like 1:30. Have the lines, stats, whole shebang.

Montreal Canadiens (9-9-1, 19 points, 6th Atlantic, 11th East)
Columbus Blue Jackets (7-10-1, 15 points, 8th Metropolitan, 15th East)

Alright, we’re back.

Player to Watch - Jack Roslovic

After missing the weekend’s games with some unspecified sickness, Jack Roslovic returns to the lineup tonight. While he’s struggled throughout the first part of the season, hopefully watching a couple games from the press box helped him to see areas of opportunity. He’s been a streaky player historically, and him warming up would be huge for the team.

Jackets Notes

Liam Foudy also returns to the lineup tonight, with Yegor Chinakhov and Brendan Gaunce stepping out. ... Joonas Korpisalo gets the start in net. ... For the first time since the 2006-07 season, black returns to the CBJ’s color scheme, with the new Reverse Retros making their debut. You can read my thoughts on them here.

The Other Bench

As mentioned, the Canadiens are coming off a back-to-back, losing to Buffalo last night 7-2. Ouch. ... David Savard and Josh Anderson make their returns to Nationwide Arena. ... The Habs are actually doing better than I thought they were, batting .500 on the year.

Season Series

11/17/22 - Montreal 4 at Columbus 6
11/23/22 - Montreal at Columbus
3/25/23 - Columbus at Montreal


Montreal Columbus
3.00 (20) GPG 3.06 (18)
3.68 (29) GAPG
16.1% (28) PP% 14.0% (31)
79.4% (13) PK% 76.5% (21)
48.4% (22) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 43.8% (30)
48.8% (20) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 44.1% (30)
9.0% (10) 5v5 Shooting % 9.1% (9)
.898 (29) 5v5 Save % .889 (32)
Cole Caufield, 12 G Leader Captain Boone Jenner, 8
K. Dach & N. Suzuki, 12 A Leader Johnny Gaudreau, 11
Nick Suzuki, 23 P Leader Johnny Gaudreau, 18
Arber Xhekaj, 45 PIM Leader Mathieu Olivier, 28
3-4-1 Home / Road 6-6-0
4-5-1 Last 10 4-5-1

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny Gaudreau Captain Boone Jenner Gustav Nyquist
Liam Foudy Cole Sillinger Emil Bemstrom
Kent Johnson Jack Roslovic Trey Fix-Wolansky
Eric Robinson Sean Kuraly Mathieu Olivier
Vladislav Gavrikov Marcus Bjork
Jake Christiansen Erik Gudbranson
Gavin Bayreuther Andrew Peeke
Joonas Korpisalo
Daniil Tarasov

Montreal Canadiens

Cole Caufield Nick Suzuki Kirby Dach
Jaraj Slavkovsky Christian Dvorak Brendan Gallagher
Evgenii Dadonov Sean Monohan Josh Anderson
Michael Pezzetta Jake Evans Joel Armia
Michael Matheson Joel Edmundson
Kaiden Guhle David Savard
Jordan Harris Chris Wideman
Samuel Montembeault
Jake Allen