The Canadiens (4-2-0) make their triumphant return to Montreal to host the Blue Jackets (2-3-0) Thursday night. The game starts at 7:30 and will air on RDS and TSN-Habs.
With Columbus moving East to the Metropolitan division, they meet the Habs three times this year. the last times these teams met the Habs lost in a shootout 3-2 on home ice. Alexei Emelin earned his first NHL point in the game.
What to Watch:
Carey Price has stopped the last x shots and 75 of the last 76. he’s lowered his GAA to 1.81 and raised his save percentage to .944 on the year.
PK Subban stretched his point streak to five games with his goal on Tuesday, giving him 2 goals and 8 points on the year. He’s top-10 in the league in scoring and first among defensemen.
Marian Gaborik is off to a hot start in his first full season with the Jackets. Gaborik has 2 goals and 4 assists in five games.
Last year’s Vezina trophy winner, Sergei Bobrovsky, is off to a decent start as well. Despite just 2 wins in 5 games, Bobrovsky has a 2.18 GAA and a .929 Save Percentage.
What’s at Stake:
The Canadiens have won three straight and will be hoping to carry their success on the road back over to the Bell Centre. This is the first of five straight games on home ice for the Habs, they’ll want to get their homestand started on the right foot with a strong performance against the struggling Blue Jackets.
Max Pacioretty went down awkwardly Tuesday night, while there’s still no official word on his status, he won’t be in the lineup on Thursday. He joins Alexei Emelin (knee), George Parros (concussion) Douglas Murray (upper body) and Davis Drewiske (shoulder) in the team clinic. Earlier in the week, it was reported that Drewiske requires shoulder surgery and will miss the next 5-6 months of action.
The Blue Jackets are missing off-season addition Nathan Horton (shoulder) as well as Matt Calvert (abdomen) and Nick Foligno (personal).
Despite plenty of teams landing in new divisions thanks to realignment, the Blue Jackets are one of just three teams to change Conferences entirely. Montreal fared pretty well against the Jets, one of the other three, on Tuesday, earning a 3-0 shutout. The Habs won’t meet the Red Wings, the final team that switched conferences and oddly enough, the only one switching in Montreal’s division, until late January.
The Question Mark:
What do you think of this year’s realignment and the new Metropolitan division.
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