COLUMBUS - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Tuesday night's matchup against the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
1. The Canadiens' winning streak was snapped at three games after Claude Julien's contingent dropped a 4-3 decision to the New Jersey Devils in overtime on Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Rookie Cale Fleury scored his first career NHL goal in the loss. Assistant captain Brendan Gallagher and Nick Suzuki were the other goal scorers for the Canadiens. For his part, goaltender Keith Kinkaid was solid in between the pipes. He turned aside 39 of 43 shots against. Despite the loss, Montreal amassed at least a point for a sixth straight game.
2. For his part, captain Shea Weber assisted on Suzuki's tally against the Devils to extend his point streak to six games. The veteran defenseman has four goals and eight points during that stretch. The last time Weber collected at least a point in six consecutive contests was back in December 2013 when he was still a member of the Nashville Predators.
3. This will mark the second meeting in seven days between the Canadiens and the Blue Jackets. The Habs won the previous meeting 3-2 in a shootout last Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. Gallagher and Tomas Tatar scored versus Columbus. Forward Jonathan Drouin was the lone player to find the back of the net in the shootout. Unfortunately, Drouin won't be in the lineup for this encounter after undergoing wrist surgery. Paul Byron won't be available either. He is scheduled to undergo knee surgery on Tuesday. The Canadiens recalled forward Charles Hudon from the AHL's Laval Rocket on Sunday.
4. Columbus won their last outing, securing a 3-2 overtime victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night at Nationwide Arena. Defenseman Zach Werenski scored his sixth goal of the season in the extra frame. Centerman Pierre-Luc Dubois leads John Tortorella's squad with seven goals and 12 points in 19 games. Forwards Gustav Nyquist and Cam Atkinson follow with three goals and 11 points each.
5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can watch the game on TSN2 and RDS, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm. Following the contest, the Canadiens will return home to battle the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night at the Bell Centre.