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Lindgren to start fifth straight for Montreal; Bobrovsky, Columbus look to get on track

by Sean Farrell / Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (10-7-1) at CANADIENS (8-9-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, FS-O, NHL.TV


The Game

Rookie goaltender Charlie Lindgren will make his fifth consecutive start for the Montreal Canadiens, against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

Lindgren is 3-1-0 with one shutout, a 1.24 goals-against-average and a .964 save percentage. The Canadiens are 6-2-0 in their past eight games after beginning the season 2-7-1.

The Blue Jackets won 2-1 in a shootout at the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, but are 1-3-1 in their past five games after going 4-1-0 in their previous five.


Players to watch

Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is 1-2-1 with 11 goals allowed in his past four starts after going 4-0-0 with eight goals allowed in his previous four starts.

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past eight games after having two goals and no assists in his first 10 games.


They said it

"I don't think I'm going to be nervous. It's fun, it's in Montreal, my friends and family are going to be there, but I think it's just another game that I need to play well and we need to get two points." -- Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois, who will play his first NHL game at Bell Centre

"Every game he's played, he's played great, so that motivates the group in another way to play better in front of him. And we've been trying to find our game, and I think as of late we've gotten better and better, and he's a big part of that." -- Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty on goaltender Charlie Lindgren


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Nick Foligno -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson

Tyler Motte -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Josh Anderson

Sonny Milano -- Jordan Schroeder -- Markus Hannikainen

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Ryan Murray -- Markus Nutivaara

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Scott Harrington, Gabriel Carlsson

Injured: Alexander Wennberg (upper body), Matt Calvert (upper body), Zac Dalpe (upper body), Lukas Sedlak (ankle)


Canadiens projected lineup

Alex Galchenyuk -- Jonathan Drouin -- Paul Byron

Max Pacioretty -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw

Charles Hudon -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Jacob De La Rose -- Torrey Mitchell -- Byron Froese

Jordie Benn -- Shea Weber

Karl Alzner -- Jeff Petry

Victor Mete -- Joe Morrow

Charlie Lindgren

Zach Fucale

Scratched: Brandon Davidson

Injured: Carey Price (lower body), Al Montoya (concussion), Artturi Lehkonen (lower body), Nikita Scherbak (knee), David Schlemko (hand), Ales Hemsky (concussion-like symptoms)


Status report

Wennberg did not practice Monday and did not make the trip. The Blue Jackets did not hold a morning skate. ... Price, who will miss his sixth game, said at Montreal's morning skate he will stay off the ice and rest, then reassess his injury in a couple of days.


Stat pack

Jenner has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past seven games. ... Weber has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his past nine games.

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