CANADIENS (18-4-3) vs. BLUE JACKETS (10-15-0)
TV : RDS, SNE – 7:30 PM
The Canadiens will kick off the final month of 2015 Tuesday night when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Bell Centre.
The Blue Jackets, who are currently in last place in the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference with 20 points, are steadily on the rise. During the first month of the season, the team managed to win only two games, while in November, the team collected wins in eight of its 13 games played. The most notable change was behind the bench, where the veteran John Tortorella has taken over head coaching duties since October 21st.
Despite a strong performance by star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who stopped 29 of 31 shots, the Blue Jackets dropped a 3-1 decision to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. Ryan Johansen scored his team’s only goal. The Blue Jackets will conclude a two-game road trip tonight against the Canadiens.
Michel Therrien’s troops also suffered defeat in their last game, losing 3-2 in overtime to the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre. Alex Galchenyuk scored both goals for the Canadiens, but the Devils scored two quick goals in the last half of the third period to equalize before John Moore scored the winning goal in overtime. Mike Condon stopped 28 of the Devils’ 31 shots.
The Canadiens will be without the services of Carey Price as the netminder is expected to miss time due to a lower-body injury. After going through medical evaluations over the weekend, it was announced on Monday that the 28-year-old goaltender will be out of action for at least six weeks. Mike Condon, with newcomer Zach Fucale acting as his back-up, will hold down the fort while number 31 takes the time to heal.
With injuries to forwards Torrey Mitchell and Alexander Semin, Daniel Carr was recalled from St. John’s to join the Canadiens on November 29.
On the blue-line, Alexei Emelin could make his return to action on Tuesday night, after missing the team’s last three games due to a lower-body injury.
Last season, the Canadiens won all three of the matchups between the two teams.