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Columbus seeks seventh consecutive win; Price to make second straight start for Montreal

by Sean Farrell / Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (15-7-1) at CANADIENS (9-12-3)

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


The Game

The Columbus Blue Jackets look to extend their winning streak to seven games when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Monday.

Columbus is 7-1-1 against Atlantic Division teams, including a 2-1 overtime win at Montreal on Nov. 14.

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will make his second straight start after missing 10 games because of a lower-body injury.

Price made 36 saves for his 40th NHL shutout when Montreal defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 on Saturday to end a five-game losing streak (0-3-2).


Players to watch

Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who is expected to make his eighth straight start, has two shutouts in four games and has allowed six goals during the winning streak.

Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin had two assists Saturday for his first multipoint game since Oct. 24.


They said it

"I don't focus on who plays (in the other net). I just focus on my stuff, and (doing) what I should do. Obviously, I love to win, so there is the competition (factor). You want to win." -- Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky

"They've been chipping in offensively but obviously taking care of the defensive end really well. So a big part of why we feel like we've been playing better hockey is because of them right now." -- Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher on Montreal's defense since Shea Weber was injured


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Josh Anderson

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Sonny Milano -- Nick Foligno -- Cam Atkinson

Tyler Motte -- Lukas Sedlak -- Jordan Schroeder

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Ryan Murray -- Markus Nutivaara

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Scott Harrington, Markus Hannikainen

Injured: Alexander Wennberg (upper body), Matt Calvert (upper body)


Canadiens projected lineup

Alex Galchenyuk -- Jonathan Drouin -- Paul Byron

Max Pacioretty -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw

Charles Hudon -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Jacob de la Rose -- Byron Froese

Karl Alzner -- Jeff Petry

Joe Morrow -- Jordie Benn

Victor Mete -- Jakub Jerabek

Carey Price

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Brandon Davidson

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


Status report

Neither team held a morning skate. ... Wennberg, who has missed the past five games, made the trip after taking part in his first full practice Sunday. ... Schlemko, who has yet to play this season, practiced Sunday after playing Friday and Saturday during a conditioning assignment with Laval of the American Hockey League. ... Weber, who has missed the past three games, did not practice.


Stat pack

The Blue Jackets are 15-4-2 in their past 21 games against Atlantic Division opponents. ... Bobrovsky has not allowed more than two goals in each of his past seven starts.

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