A pair of Eastern Conference teams take the ice in the Buckeye State. The Montreal Canadiens are on the road as they make the trip to face the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night. Montreal comes in off a 4-3 overtime defeat on the road against New Jersey Saturday in their previous game. Columbus earned a 3-2 overtime win over St. Louis at home Friday night in their most recent contest. The Canadiens won three of the last four meetings between the teams, including a 3-2 shootout triumph at home in the first meeting this season on November 12.
Montreal Canadiens Try to Beat Blue Jackets for Second Time This SeasonMontreal saw their three-game win streak snapped as they were upended in overtime by New Jersey in their last game. The Canadiens enter this one second in the Atlantic Division, three points behind the Bruins. Montreal is tied for 6th in the league in scoring as they put up 3.50 goals a night so far this year. The Canadiens are 19th in the league by giving up 3.05 goals per contest this season. Montreal is tied for 15th in the league on the power play by converting 20.3 percent of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Canadiens are only 30th in the league in penalty killing as they successfully get through only 71.9 percent of their shorthanded situations on the year.
In their last game, Montreal blew a lead and ended up falling in overtime to see their win streak end at three games. The Canadiens were outshot 20-9 in the opening period but skated off tied at one after the opening 20 minutes. Brendan Gallagher scored his ninth of the year at 18:41 off assists from Jeff Petry and Tomas Tatar. New Jersey evened up the score one minute later. The shots were even at 14 in the second period with the Canadiens outscoring the Devils 2-1 to take a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes. Cale Fleury scored his first of the year at 7:43 off an assist from Phillip Danault to give Montreal a 2-1 lead. Nick Suzuki added his fifth of the year, on the power play, at 18:42 off assists from Max Domi and Shea Weber, to make it 3-1. Montreal gave up a shorthanded goal in the closing seconds of the period to make it a one-goal game. In the third period, the Canadiens owned an 11-7 edge in shots but gave up the tying goal to force overtime. During overtime, Montreal was outshot 2-0 and gave up the winning goal at the 1:30 mark to end up with the loss. Keith Kinkaid made 39 saves in the loss for the Canadiens, who were outshot 43-34 in the game. Carey Price is expected to be in net in this contest.
Columbus Blue Jackets Seek Back to Back VictoriesColumbus had dropped two straight and seven of eight before getting the upper hand on St. Louis at home in their last game. The Blue Jackets entered Monday tied for sixth in the Metropolitan Division, seven points behind Carolina for the final guaranteed playoff spot and 16 back of division leading Washington. Columbus is 30th in scoring as they average 2.37 goals per game this season. The Blue Jackets are 21st in goals against as they allow 3.26 goals per contest this year. Columbus is tied for 24th on the power play as they convert 14.5 percent of their chances with the man advantage. The Blue Jackets have struggled in shorthanded situations as they are 21st in penalty killing by getting through 76.8 percent of those situations this year.
In their last game, the Blue Jackets did a solid job of controlling play for long stretches and helped them earn two points. Columbus owned a 14-9 edge in shots in the opening period and the game was tied at one after 20 minutes of play. Vladislav Gavrikov gave the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead with his first of the season, unassisted, at 9:34 of the period. The Blues tied the game in the final minute of the period. In the second period, Columbus saw the shots even at 10 but they gave up the lone goal of the stanza to trail 2-1 after 40 minutes. The final period saw the Blue Jackets own an 11-7 edge in shots on goal and they tallied the lone marker to tie the game. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored his seventh of the year at 2:50 off assists from Emil Bernstrom and Sonny Milano to tie the game, forcing overtime. In the extra session, the Blue Jackets held a 4-1 edge in shots and netted the winning goal to get the victory. Zach Werenski scored his sixth of the year, on the power play, at 3:34, off assists from Cam Atkinson and Seth Jones to win it. Joonas Korpisalo stopped 25 shots for the Blue Jackets, who owned a 39-27 advantage in shots in the game.
The top trends for this contest according to Oddsshark.com:
- Canadiens are 7-3 in their last 10 overall
- Blue Jackets are 2-7 in their last nine overall