Thanks to the heroics of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, the Columbus Blue Jackets (10-7-1) were able to end a four-game losing streak in Detroit against the Red Wings on Saturday evening. Tonight the CBJ will be north of the border in a matchup against the Montreal Canadiens (8-9-1). The puck drop is scheduled for shortly after 7:30 PM ET.
The Columbus Blue Jackets’ lineup will look rather different this evening—and it’s not just because of playing around with line pairings. Due to injury, Columbus will be without Alexander Wennberg, Matt Calvert, Zac Dalpe and Lukas Sedlak in tonight’s game.
Speaking of injuries, the Montreal Canadiens’ starting goaltender Carey Price is still recovering from one as well.
Surprisingly, Price’s replacement, Charlie Lindgren, has been lights out so far and will start in net for the Habs.
The 23-year-old Lindgren is 3-1-0 in his four starts to date this season, saving 133 of the 138 shots on net and not allowing more than two goals in any of those starts.
Meanwhile, the Jackets will look to build off the momentum of a dramatic 2-1 shootout victory against Detroit, despite the fact that their power-play percentage (9.6) remains the worst in the National Hockey League.
Both teams come into this game trending in opposite directions in their last five games, with the Habs at 4-1-0 and the CBJ going 1-3-1 in their last five.
The short-handed Jackets will look to get two points in the bank, while Montreal will look to continue their recent success after a slow 1-5-1 start to the season.