MONTREAL – The Canadiens are set to embark on their second back-to-back, home-and-away series of the season with a stop in Columbus.
After the final buzzer on Monday night, the losing team in the Blue Jackets-Canadiens game won’t have to wait long for a chance at a rematch. Less than 24 hours after the dust settles at Nationwide Arena, the two teams will face off on a second-straight night, this time on Canadiens’ home turf. With 30 teams spread out over two countries and multiple time zones, back-to-back home-and-away series have become a rarity around the league, with the Habs having taken part in just 10 such match-ups since the start of the 21st Century.
Since the NHL expansion in 1967, it’s happened just 67 times league-wise – a far cry from the Original 6 days when teams would meet postgame at the train station before chugging off towards the next day’s rematch in the other team’s home city.
Dating back to the franchise’s founding in 1909, the Canadiens have faced off against the same opponent on consecutive nights in different cities 245 times for 490 total games, owning an impressive 253-162-73 record in that span. Of those, 72.7% took place before the Flyers, Blues, Kings, Penguins, North Stars, and Seals arrived on the scene in time for the 1967-68 season. Of those series for the Canadiens, 49 have come against the Bruins, 45 against the Rangers, 41 against the Red Wings, 27 against the Maple Leafs, and 26 against the Blackhawks.
Earlier this season, the Canadiens took their time beating the Devils in a shootout on November 27 before returning home on the 28th where they eventually lost in overtime in their first back-to-back series against the same opponent this year. While there may not be much history to point to when it comes to facing the same team on consecutive nights, the Habs will have an opportunity to make a clean sweep of the Blue Jackets when the puck drops at Nationwide Arena on Monday before returning home for a repeat on Tuesday night.
Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis.
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