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Game #46 Preview/Gamethread - Blue Jackets look to extend winning streak against the Montreal Canadiens in a Saturday afternoon matchup

If there is such a thing as a trap game for the Jackets, this is it.

Columbus Blue Jackets v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Saturday, February 12, 2022 - 12:30PM EST
Bell Centre- Montreal, Quebec
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Habs Eyes on the Prize

Columbus Blue Jackets (22-22-1, 45 points, 5th Metro, 10th East)
Montreal Canadiens (8-31-7, 23 points, 8th Atlantic, 16th East)

Jackets notes

The Jackets are heading into Montreal on a high note, coming off two straight comeback wins since returning from the break. The Blue Jackets look to extend their winning streak to three games for the first time since Thanksgiving. It would be nice to see the Jackets play this one from out in front, rather than having to play catch up in the late stages of the game. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Joonas Korpisalo get the start today to showcase him and hopefully boost his stats prior to the trade deadline. He’ll need to get those numbers up if Jarmo Kekalainen is really set on receiving a 2nd AND 3rd round pick for the struggling backup netminder.

Player to Watch

Trey Fix-Wolansky

After how often I mention him in the Monsters roundups, it was a no brainer for me to pick TFW here. He’s looked dangerous in both of his games with the Jackets, notching a goal and an assist in his first two games. He could easily have double the amount of points already. He (and Gaunce) have seemingly brought Jack Roslovic back to life on that makeshift fourth line. I’m expecting TFW to show up and show out today, and show the Habs what a real short king looks like in the NHL. Looking at you, Cole Caufield.

The Other Bench

As you’ve probably heard by now, the Canadiens recently fired their head coach Dominique Ducharme, replacing him with Hall of Fame player and former CBJ “Special Teams Consultant,” Martin St. Louis as interim coach. The Habs were unable to secure their new bench boss a win in his debut, falling to the Washington Capitals. Look for Montreal to play a loose and rejuvenated game under their new coach to get him that first win. This is not going to be a typical game against a basement dwelling team just playing out the stretch. The Jackets will have to be ready from puck drop to the final horn in this one.

Season Series

1/30/22 CBJ 6 @ MTL 3
2/12/22 CBJ @ MTL
4/13/22 MTL @ CBJ


Montreal Columbus
2.56 (26) GPG 3.14 (13)
4.00 (32) GAPG 3.67 (31)
13.9% (31) PP% 16.8% (25)
73.9% (29) PK% 80.0% (16)
47.12% (23) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 47.68% (21)
46.02% (29) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 46.63% (27)
6.5 (31) 5v5 Shooting % 9.17 (7)
.905 (29) 5v5 Save % .904 (30)
Nick Suzuki, Josh Anderson, Tyler Toffoli, 9 G Leader Boone Jenner, 19
Nick Suzuki, 19 A Leader Jakub Voracek, 29
Nick Suzuki, 28 P Leader Boone Jenner, 33
Michael Pezzeta, 68 PIM Leader Andrew Peeke, 30
5-15-1 Home / Road 10-12-0
1-7-2 Last 10 5-5-0

Projected Lines

Columbus Blue Jackets

Patrik Laine Boone Jenner Gus Nyquist
Jakub Voracek Cole Sillinger Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Max Domi Sean Kuraly Yegor Chinakhov
Brendan Gaunce Jack Roslovic Trey Fix-Wolansky
Zach Werenski Andrew Peeke
Vladislav Gavrikov Adam Boqvist
Gavin Bayreuther Dean Kukan
Joonas Korpisalo
Elvis Merzlikins

Montreal Canadiens

Arttuti Lehkonen Nick Suzuki Tyler Toffoli
Mike Hoffman Paul Byron Brendan Gallagher
Remi Pitlick Jake Evans Josh Anderson
Joel Armia Ryan Poehling Cole Caufield
Alexander Romanov Ben Chiarot
Brett Kulak Jeff Petry
Kale Clague Chris Wideman
Cayden Primeau
Samuel Montembeault

Let’s Go Jackets!