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CBJ@MTL: Five things you need to know

The Habs will be looking for their sixth win in their last eight games on Tuesday against Columbus

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Tuesday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Bell Centre.

1. The Canadiens are coming off a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday at home. They earned the win thanks to two power play goals by captain Shea Weber, sandwiched by a goal by former King Nate Thompson. Los Angeles made it a close 3-2 game with 6:56 to go in regulation, but the Habs held on to take and improve their record to 5-1-1 in their past seven games.

2. Weber's power play goals were the 100th and 101st of his NHL career, and he wasn't the only Canadiens player to reach a new milestone on Saturday night. With an assist on the Thompson goal in the opening frame, Tomas Tatar collected the 300th point of his NHL career. He has 149 goals and 151 assists in 524 career NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings, Vegas Golden Knights, and Canadiens. The Slovakian forward is second in team scoring with 14 points (5G, 9A) in 17 games this season.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Plusieurs raisons de c��l��brer, ce soir! 🎉Plenty of reasons to celebrate tonight!#GoHabsGo

3. At Tuesday's morning skate, head coach Claude Julien featured the same lines he used against Los Angeles on Saturday, meaning Jonathan Drouin remained with Phillip Danault and Brendan Gallagher on the top line. On defense, Weber sat out a second straight practice with a virus, but Julien said he expects to have the captain in action against the Jackets.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Here are the forward lines and defensive pairings from Monday's practice at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.#GoHabsGo

4. The Blue Jackets, for their part, are finishing up a three-game road trip with a stop in Montreal. On Saturday, they were on the losing end of a 4-2 decision against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. Emil Bemstrom and Zach Werenski scored for the visitors, while Joonas Korpisalo made 32 saves in the loss. This is the first of three meetings between the two teams, with the next one coming exactly one week later in Ohio. The Habs and Jackets resume hostilities for the third and final time at home on February 2.

5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can catch all the action on TSN2 and RDS on television, and TSN 690 and 98,5 fm on the radio. Habs legend Yvan Cournoyer will be doing a meet-and-greet in the Tricolore Sports boutique at the Bell Centre from 6:00-6:30 p.m. For tickets, click here.


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