How could we forget the last time the Blue Jackets and Canadiens got together?
Columbus had just dropped a hard-fought 2-1 game in Detroit - a game in which they felt they deserved better - and quickly found themselves down 3-0 to the Canadiens at the Bell Centre. The building was roaring, the Canadiens were flying up and down the rink and Bobrovsky was under siege...but a power play goal by Boone Jenner turned things around for the Blue Jackets and gave them a huge lift. Ryan Johansen
made it a one-goal game late in the second period, and Jenner added his second of the night early in the third to bring the Jackets back to all square. It had the makings of an unforgettable comeback for the Blue Jackets, who had taken control of the game after the midway point of the second period and put the Canadiens back on their heels. But the air quickly vacated the balloon when Tomas Plekanec scored on a 55-foot worm burner that gave Montreal a 4-3 lead in the final minute of regulation time, and Columbus couldn't find another equalizer.
The Blue Jackets
lost in Montreal that night and were humbled two nights later in Washington, which prompted Richards to shake things up and give Curtis McElhinney
a start the next night at home. Columbus went on a three-game winning streak to get back to .500, but it's been rough sailing ever since and the Jackets find themselves looking for another big win on home ice tonight.
Montreal is seeking redemption tonight, as well, after losing in a shootout to the Stamkos-less Tampa Bay Lightning
earlier in the week. The Canadiens held a high-tempo practice at their training facility in Brossard, Que. on Thursday and Therrien has emphasized the need for his team to play faster and more physical, something they did not do against Tampa.
Budaj, who owns a career record of 7-5-0 with a 2.20 goals-against average against the Blue Jackets, said the Canadiens have to be ready to play a Columbus squad that will be desperate for points.
I’m just going to be ready. It’s a big game for us. Our last six games, we don’t really have a good record,” Budaj told the Canadiens' official website. "We need to improve. We know that we need to win. We know that we have to pick up points. Every point is huge. Columbus is a tough team to play against. They’ve got a Vezina Trophy-winning goalie (in Sergei Bobrovsky), so we’ve got to be ready.”