At the Rink: Canadiens at Blue Jackets

Monday, 01.25.2016 / 7:05 PM | Craig Merz  - Correspondent

COLUMBUS – Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is in the lineup against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday (7 p.m. ET; RDS, SNE, FS-O).

Subban was a game-time decision after missing the morning skate because of illness, but he extended his regular-season consecutive games streak to 255, the longest on Montreal; he has not missed a game since Jan. 30, 2013.

Subban, who has 33 points (three goals) and is averaging 26:03 of ice time in 48 games, has never missed a game because of injury or illness during his NHL career; the last time he missed a game was because of a contract impasse that kept him out of the first six games of the 2012-13 season. He was a healthy scratch the six other times he has missed a game since his first NHL game during the 2009-10 season.

"He's a guy first of all that keeps himself in great shape to be able to do that, play that many games in a row," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said.

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella missed his second game Monday and will not be behind the bench Tuesday in Montreal for the second of the home-and-home because of two broken ribs sustained Friday in an outdoor practice.

Forward Rene Bourque hit a rut and clipped Tortorella during a drill. Tortorella missed a 3-2 shootout loss at the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Associate coach Craig Hartsburg is in charge in his absence.

Hartsburg spoke to and texted Tortorella several times Sunday in preparation for the home-and-home against the Canadiens (24-20-4).

"He's still hurting," Hartsburg said. "Obviously, it's tough. He's sore all over. He really can't be mobile at this point."

After Tuesday, the Blue Jackets don't play again until Feb. 2 at the Edmonton Oilers.

"Hopefully after the All-Star break he can join us," Hartsburg said. "We'll have to wait and see how he does."

Pacioretty is unsure how the Blue Jackets (17-27-5) are reacting without their coach.

"I've never seen that situation," he said. "It's unfortunate he got hurt. I'm not sure what to expect when it comes to that."

Hartsburg said he didn't receive messages from Tortorella during the Boston game and expects the same Monday.

"[Tortorella] is our leader," Hartsburg said. "He's the guy we all look up to as assistant coaches. As players, he's their leader. We're trying to do our jobs to help the team help him so when he comes back hopefully the team's playing better."

Therrien had empathy for Tortorella because he's also had broken ribs.

"If he's not there, he must be in pain," he said. "I've been behind the bench. It's not easy."

Therrien said he twice broke ribs as a coach when players collided with him. He can't remember the first player. The second?

"Ryan White," he said. "He's in Philly."

Bourque will be in the Blue Jackets lineup a second straight game.

Here are the projected lineups:


Max Pacioretty - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher

Dale Weise - David Desharnais - Alex Galchenyuk

Daniel Carr - Lars Eller - Tomas Fleischmann

Devante Smith-Pelly - Torrey Mitchell - Brian Flynn

P.K. Subban - Andrei Markov

Alexei Emelin - Jeff Petry

Nathan Beaulieu - Mark Barberio

Mike Condon

Ben Scrivens

Injured: Carey Price (lower body), Tom Gilbert (lower body), Paul Byron (lower body)

Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Jacob De La Rose


Boone JennerBrandon DubinskyCam Atkinson

Scott Hartnell - Alexander Wennberg - Brandon Saad

Kerby RychelWilliam KarlssonNick Foligno

Matt CalvertGregory CampbellRene Bourque

Ryan MurraySeth Jones

Jack JohnsonJustin Falk

Fedor TyutinDalton Prout

Joonas Korpisalo

Anton Forsberg

Injured: Sergei Bobrovsky (groin), Curtis McElhinney (ankle), David Clarkson (upper body), David Savard (oblique)

Scratched: Jared Boll, Cody Goloubef

Status report: McElhinney, out since Jan. 4, skated in gear for the first time on Monday.

Who's hot: Eller had an assist and scored the deciding goal in the shootout in Montreal's 3-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. … Rychel had his second goal in three games and an assist against the Bruins.

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