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The Habs will attempt to improve their record to .500 on Tuesday night against the Blue Jackets

by Staff Writer @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - The Canadiens will be continuing their longest home stretch of the season on Tuesday with a visit to the Bell Centre from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Charlie Lindgren is expected to be making his fifth straight start in net for the home side against the Jackets. In his last outing on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres, he stopped 34 of 35 shots to help his squad to a 2-1 overtime win.

Andrew Shaw and Max Pacioretty were the goal-scorers for the Habs. Pacioretty's seventh goal of 2017-18 - scored in the extra frame - was the 10th overtime winner of his career, making him the Canadiens' all-time leader in that category.

Video: Pacioretty tallies overtime winner to down Sabres

Claude Julien's troops are enjoying their best run of the season thus far, having won seven of their last 10 games. If they win on Tuesday, they would reach the .500 mark for the first time since October 7.

Artturi Lehkonen was absent from Tuesday's morning skate, and the team announced that he would not play against Columbus due to a lower-body injury. Torrey Mitchell, who was a healthy scratch against the Sabres, will draw back into the lineup in his place.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Artturi Lehkonen ne jouera pas ce soir (blessure au bas du corps) / @arsilehkonen will not play tonight (lower-body injury).

Currently in second place in the Metropolitan division, the Blue Jackets ended a four-game slide on Saturday by beating the Red Wings 2-1 in a shootout.

Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to be in the Blue Jackets' crease on Tuesday in what would be his third straight start and his seventh in the last eight games. He holds a 7-4-1 record, a 2.08 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage in 12 career games against Montreal.

Alexander Wennberg, Matt Calvert, Lukas Sedlak and Zac Dalpe will all miss the game against the Canadiens due to injury.

Pierre-Luc Dubois, a native of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts who was selected third overall at the 2016 NHL Draft, will play his first career game at the Bell Centre on Tuesday. The 19-year-old forward has scored two goals and added as many assists in 18 games this season.

Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on TV on TSN2 and RDS, and on the radio on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm.

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