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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Blue Jackets

Al Montoya gets the start in Columbus as Habs go for ninth-straight win

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensmtl / canadiens.com

MTL (9-0-1) @ CBJ (4-3-1)

The Canadiens will look to keep their historic start alive on Friday in Columbus.

On Wednesday, the Habs set a team record by recording a 19th point in the standings after just 10 games, shutting out the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 at the Bell Centre. Carey Price made 42 saves in the win, his sixth of the season.

It will be Price's counterpart Al Montoya between the pipes on Friday however, as the Canadiens get set to play two games in two nights, hosting the Philadelphia Flyers in Montreal on Saturday.

In his last start on October 26, Montoya made 26 saves in a 3-2 win against the New York Islanders.

Through four games this season, the 31-year-old netminder has put up an impressive 1.47 goals against average and 0.955 save percentage.

At the other end of the ice, the Habs will face a Blue Jackets team which has won its last two games, including Tuesday's overtime thriller after tying things up with 16 seconds to go in the third.

Captain Nick Foligno leads John Tortorella's men with nine points (2G-7A) in eight games, while Zach Werenski (2B-6A) and Alexander Wennberg (1B-7A) are tied for second with eight points each.

Sergei Bobrovsky will make a ninth-straight start in goal for Columbus.

Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., and will be broadcast on SNE and RDS.

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