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Game Preview: Blue Jackets (15-7-1) @ Canadiens (9-12-3)

The Canadiens look to build off a big win over the weekend when they take on the streaking Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night

by Staff Writer @CanadiensMTL /

The Canadiens welcome the hottest team in the NHL to the Bell Centre on Monday night.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are riding a six-game winning streak dating back to November 11 when they downed the Red Wings 2-1 in a shootout in Detroit. 

Three nights later, they bested the Canadiens 2-1 in overtime in Montreal. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was spectacular in between the pipes, turning aside 28 shots to earn the victory.

Bobrovsky - who has given up just six goals during Columbus' current win streak - is expected to get the start again on Monday, as John Tortorella's squad looks to keep things rolling. 

To do that, though, the Blue Jackets will have to find a way to put the puck past Carey Price, who returned to the lineup on Saturday night after an extended absence and stopped 36 shots in a 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres in Montreal.

It marked the 40th shutout of Price's career. 

Jeff Petry, Alex Galchenyuk and Paul Byron all scored for the Habs as they snapped a five-game losing streak. 

Video: BUF@MTL: Price blanks Sabres with 36 saves in return

Shea Weber will not suit up against the Blue Jackets. The 32-year-old rearguard didn't take part in Sunday's practice at the Bell Sports Complex after missing his third straight game on Saturday with a lower-body injury.

David Schlemko will likewise not make his Habs debut on Monday after wrapping up his conditioning stint with the AHL's Laval Rocket over the weekend. Schlemko skated with the rest of the group on Sunday but has been dealing with a hand injury since training camp.

Head coach Claude Julien did indicate however that Schlemko will be used at some point this week.

Puck drop on Monday night is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on TSN2 and RDS, as well as on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm.

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