Game Preview by Sam Gerber
Last game: MTL 2  TBL 3  (SO) 

The Habs played a strong road game doing their best to limit the Lightning’s potent offense for most of the game. A strong fore-check by Tampa and a bad defensive play led to the tying goal. Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov beat Antti Niemi for the shootout win.

For a complete recap: Kucherov Leads Bolts Past Habs

Players to watch

  • Alex Galchenyuk
    Galchenyuk scored his 16th of the year and continues to be the Habs most skilled forward. It’s puzzling that Galchenyuk has not received another chance at center.
  • Boone Jenner
    Jenner is an underrated forward for the Jackets, he competes on a nightly bases and can drive defense crazy with his fore-checking.
  • Sergei Bobrovsky
    Bobrovsky always plays well against the Habs. Montreal Habs needs to get to him early, not allowing him to take over the game.

Keys to Victory

  • Get traffic in front of Bob
    It’s crucial for the Canadiens to take away the eyes of a very good goaltender.
  • Execute breakouts
    Habs need to keep it simple on the breakout to avoid being pinned in their own zone. 
  • Use transition game
    Habs need to create offense off the transition..
Matchup by All Habs staff
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH | March 12, 7:00 PM ET | TV: TSN2, RDS, FS-O

2017-18 statistics

77 (19th) Points (rank) 62 (27th)
36-28-5 Record 25-31-12
22-11-2 Home/Away 9-21-4
7-3-0 Last 10 3-2-5
2.64 GF/G 2.51
2.74 GA/G 3.06
14.5 PP% 20.0
77.4 PK% 76.3
 51.82  CF%  50.98
eSAT Analytics by Mathieu Chagnon
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Panarin – Dubois – Atkinson
Milano – Foligno – Bjorkstrand
Calvert – Dubinsky – Letestu
Vanek – Wennberg – Jenner
Byron – Drouin – Gallagher
Galchenyuk – De La Rose – Hudon
Lehkonen – Scherbak – A. Shaw
Deslauriers – Froese – Carr
Werenski – Jones
Murray – Johnson
Cole – Savard
Reilly – Petry
Alzner – Juulsen
Benn – Lernout
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Chorney, Harrington, Hannikainen, Sedlak, Nutivaara
Injured: Kukan, Anderson
Scratched: L. Shaw
Injured: Weber, Hemsky, Price, Pacioretty, Mete, Schlemko, Valiev, Danault
Sergei Bobrovsky Charlie Lindgren
Record: 29-21-5
GAA: 2.43
Sv%: .920
SO: 4
Alternate: Joonas Korpisalo
Record: 4-6-2
GAA: 2.78
Sv%: .914
SO: 2
Alternate: Antti Niemi
 What to Expect by Sam Gerber
Prediction: Canadiens 1  Blue Jackets 4 

After a high effort game against the Lightning the Habs need to bring that compete level again. The Jackets have a talented defensive group that love to be a part of the offense, keeping them in check will be important for the Habs.

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