MONTREAL - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Sunday afternoon's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Bell Centre.
1. The Habs are coming off a 4-0 shutout win over the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre on Saturday afternoon, their second victory since returning from the bye week and All-Star break. Nick Suzuki, Artturi Lehkonen, Tomas Tatar, and Brendan Gallagher scored in the Montreal victory, while Carey Price made 29 saves for his third shutout of the season. It was also the 47th of his career, which allowed Price to overtake Ken Dryden for sole possession of third all-time in shutouts on the Canadiens. Price will have to blank the opposition 12 more times if he wants to move up another notch, as Jacques Plante currently sits in second position with 58 career shutouts to his name.
2. Jeff Petry enjoyed a career night with his first-ever four-point outing, after earning a helper on every single Canadiens goal against the Panthers. He's now tied with Shea Weber for the team lead among defensemen with 33 points (7G, 26A). Suzuki, meanwhile, put together a second straight two-point night and is currently riding a three-game points streak. Gallagher scored for a second game since his return, while Tatar padded his team lead with his 19th tally of the season, two more than Gallagher. Lehkonen was named the third star of the game after Petry and Gallagher with a goal and five shots on net.
3. The fun continues at the Bell Centre as the annual Tim Hortons Family Weekend continues for a second straight day. When the doors open, 5,000 pennants will be distributed to children on site. There will also be a photobooth in section 114 featuring Canadiens alum Guillaume Latendresse, who will be posing for pictures with fans from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Following the game, fans seated in the La Petite Bretonne Family Section can take a selfie on the ice. Bracelets can be picked up from the welcome table located in section 326. In addition, several Canadiens Fan Club members will have the opportunity to enjoy some unique experiences again on Sunday alike.
4. The Blue Jackets are playing their second game of a back-to-back out of their bye week. On Saturday, they dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the Sabres in Buffalo. Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his 17th of the season with 14:15 to go in regulation to help Columbus send it to extra time, while Matiss Kivlenieks made 22 stops in the loss. Bjorkstrand is his team's leading goal-scorer, but it's Sainte-Agathe native Pierre-Luc Dubois who leads the Blue Jackets with 39 points (15G, 24A) this season. Expect to see Elvis Merzlikins between the pipes to face the Habs; he's posted a 9-6-4 record, 2.39 goals-against average, .926 save percentage, and three shutouts in 21 games this season.
5. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. You can catch all the action on Sportsnet One, Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Ontario, and TVA Sports on television, or on TSN 690 or 98,5 fm on the radio. For tickets to the game, click here.