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Game Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets VS Montreal Canadiens

Coming off a very tough loss to the Red Wings, the Jackets will be looking to step back into their winning ways. Montreal will come into the game with a 4-2 record, and of course Columbus is at 2-3, with two one goal losses to Calgary and Detroit. Overall, the Jackets lead the series against Montreal 6-4-1. Let’s take a look at what the Jackets need to do in order to get another win.

Sergei Bobrovsky is a big factor as always. Everyone knows that BOB was the key to Columbus’ success in the latter part of last season. He will need to do the same this year for the team to have a good year. With a GAA of 2.18 and a save percentage of .929, BOB should continue to be solid in this game too.

The key for the Blue Jackets against Montreal is to find a way to score. They have to battle for the rebounds and loose pucks. Columbus can’t let the Canadiens feel comfortable with the puck either. AND the biggest key, which is to get Carey Price rattled, which may be tough. Price is on a roll, and has stopped 75 of 76 shots in the last two games.

A couple players to watch out for on Montreal; P.K. Subban, who has 2 goals and 6 assists. If Montreal goes on a power play, the Jackets must watch out for Subban, as he has one of the best slap shots in the league. Their power play percentage is 26.92 and that has a lot to do with P.K. Now we have Lars Eller, with 5 goals and 2 assists, I don’t really need to say more here. Eller has been on the top line with Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty, which has a total of 12 points. Eller can kill us if we don’t keep a man on him.

Important Notes:

  • Montreal has  the 7th best penalty kill in the league, compared to the Jackets power play ranked 10th
  • Columbus has a penalty kill ranked 5th, compared to Montreal’s power play ranked 5th

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