Game Preview by Sam Gerber, Staff Writer
Last game: MTL 3  BUF 2 (OT) 

Charlie Lindgen shone again, and Max Pacioretty scored in overtime to steal the win for the Canadiens in a game that they were outplayed.

For a complete recap: Lindgren, Pacioretty Deliver Habs OT Win

Players to watch

  • Artemi Panarin
    While Panarin is the most dangerous offensive weapon for the Blue Jackets, he has been a little snake bitten in the goal column with only three markers this season. But the Canadiens must limit his space.
  • Alex Galchenyuk
    The slump is clearly over for Galchenyuk. He has performed well in the last few games and its only matter of time until the points start coming.
  •  Sergei Bobrovsky
    Bobrovsky is one the elite goaltenders in the game and is able to steal a game on any given night. Just last week he stopped a 2-on-0 in overtime. Habs will need to get in front of him and not let him settle into the game.

Keys to Victory

  • Forcheck hard
    The Canadiens forecheck was weak last game against Buffalo. The Habs need to get back to fundamentals.
  • Clear the crease
    The Jackets like to get to the blue paint. It will be important for the Habs defense to keep the Jackets out of the crease to allow Charlie Lindgren to make the save.
  • Win special teams
    If the Habs can win the special teams battle they will have a great shot at winning.
Matchup 
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC | November 14, 7:30 PM ET | TV: TSN2, RDS, FS-O

2017-18 statistics

BLUE JACKETS CANADIENS
21 (9th) Points (rank) 17 (25th)
10-7-1 Record 8-9-1
5-3-1 Away/Home 4-3-1
5-4-1 Last 10 7-3-0
2.94 GF/G 2.50
2.72 GA/G 3.39
9.6 PP% 16.4
80.4 PK% 75.0
 53.03  CF%  53.26
 
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Forwards
Panarin – Foligno – Bjorkstrand
Jenner – Dubinsky – Atkinson
Motte – Dubois – Anderson
Milano – Schroeder – Hannikainen
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Byron
Pacioretty – Danault – Shaw
Hudon – Plekanec – Gallagher 
De La Rose – Mitchell – Froese
Defensemen
Werenski – Jones
Johnson – Savard
Murray – Nutivaara
Benn – Weber
Alzner – Petry
Mete – Morrow
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Harrington, Carlsson
Injured: Wennberg, Calvert, Sedlak, Dalpe
Scratched: Davidson
Injured: Hemsky, Schlemko, Scherbak, Price, Montoya, Lehkonen
Goalies
Sergei Bobrovsky Charlie Lindgren
Record: 9-4-1
GAA: 2.24
Sv%: .925
SO: 1
Alternate: Joonas Korpisalo
Record: 3-1-0
GAA: 1.24
Sv%: .964
SO: 1
Alternate: Zach Fucale
 What to Expect
This game can go either way, the Habs will need to give a much better effort this game than they did against Buffalo to stay in it.

Prediction: Canadiens 3  Blue Jackets 2 

The Jackets are capable of scoring in bunches and the Habs can’t forget about the 10-0 loss they suffered last season courtesy of Columbus.

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