CBJ G72 @ Montreal Canadiens - Qui Coincidence
The Columbus Blue Jackets hop back on the ice tonight in a back to back with travel. The second half has them at Centre Bell with a final battle of the season with the injury destroyed Montreal Canadiens.
This is the third and final meeting of the season.
In the first meeting, Columbus won in their building 6-4.
Just before American Thanksgiving, Montreal won in their building 3-1.
Since the teams last met, Montreal moved forwards Evgeni Dadanov to Dallas and Nate Schnarr to Los Angeles.
Forward Denis Gurianov was acquired from Dallas; defenseman Frederic Allard was the return from Los Angeles; and the Habs claimed center Chris Tierney off waivers from Florida.
The Canadiens also have had a string of the injury bug, just like Columbus has this season.
Montreal is without the following roster players due to injury:
Columbus has had everybody on their roster injured; but Zach Werenski, Jake Bean, and Justin Danforth have been gone since before Thanksgiving.
There is concern that Nick Blankenburg sustained an undisclosed injury against the New York Islanders in their overtime win last night, he is a game time decision. Mathieu Olivier and Erik Gudbranson also left the game and did not return.
With Brad Larsen back, the decision was made by the management to make some adjustments.
Defenseman Jake Christiansen and winger Trey Fix-WOLANSKY have been recalled from the Cleveland Monsters.
In regards to the goaltender battle, I am expecting Daniil Tarasov v Jake Allen.
Rafael Harvey-Pinard--Nick Suzuki--Mike Hoffman
Jonathan Drouin--Kirby Dach--Dennis Gurainov
Remi Pitlick--Jake Evans--Brendan Gallagher
Michael Pezzetta--Chris Tierney--Alex Belize
Michael Matheson--David Savard
Joel Edmundsson--Justin Barron
Chris Wideman--Jonathan Kovacevic
Scratched -- none
Injured: Josh Anderson, Sean Monahan, Christian Dvorak, Joel Armia, Paul Byron , Cole Caufield, Juraj Slafkovsky, Jesse Ylonen, Kaiden Guhle, Arber Xhekaj , Jordan Harris, Carey Price
Columbus Blue Jackets
Johnny Gaudreau--Boone Jenner--Kiril Marchenko
Liam Foudy--Jack Roslovic--Kent Johnson
Emil Bemstrom--Hunter McKown--Trey Fix-Wolansky
Eric Robinson--Sean Kuraly--Lane Pederson
Tim Breni--Andrew Peeke
Gavin Bayreuther--Adam Boqvist
Jake Christiansen--Nick Blankenburg
Scratched -- none
Injured -- Zach Werenski, Jake Bean, Justin Danforth, Erik Gubdranson, Mathieu Olivier, Nick Blankenburg
Players to Watch
Montreal - David Savard - the former CBJ draft pick and Stanley Cup winner. How often does that statement go together?
Columbus - Trey Fix-Wolansky - he is back on the main roster while having a career year in the AHL.
Predicted Final Score
MTL - 3
CBJ - 2