Morning Skate: Blue Jackets Face Canadiens Team With Star Goaltender, Carey Price, Back From Injury

By Sam Blazer on November 27, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Jordan Schroeder fights for a puck against the Montreal Canadiens
Eric Bolte-USA Today Sports

The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre and will face a different team then they faced back on Nov. 14. Carey Price returns to the lineup and multiple players that had been on multi-game droughts are now off the schneid. 

The Blue Jackets will look to extend their winning streak to seven games. Is Alexander Wennberg going to play? He traveled with the team and is listed as a game-time decision, and his return would change the dynamic of the team drastically if in fact it comes tonight.

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Blue Jackets Projected Lineup
# Player Stats # Player Stats # Player Stats
9 Artemi Panarin 23 GP, 5-10-15 18 Pierre-Luc Dubois 23 GP, 3-2-5 77 Josh Anderson 21 GP, 8-4-12
38 Boone Jenner 16 GP, 3-5-8 17 Brandon Dubinsky 23 GP, 2-7-9 28 Oliver Bjorkstrand 23 GP, 5-9-14
22 Sonny Milano 20 GP, 5-4-9 71 Nick Foligno 23 GP, 4-6-10 13 Cam Atkinson 19 GP, 6-3-9
64 Tyler Motte 12 GP, 3-1-4 45 Lukas Sedlak 10 GP, 2-1-3 14 Jordan Schroeder 5 GP, 0-0-0
Defensive Pairs
# Player Stats # Player Stats
8 Zach Werenski 23 GP, 6-6-12 3 Seth Jones 23 GP, 3-9-12
7 Jack Johnson 23 GP, 1-3-4 58 David Savard 22 GP, 2-5-7
27 Ryan Murray 23 GP, 1-4-5 65 Markus Nutivaara 18 GP, 1-8-9
# Player GS W-L-OL GAA SV% SO
72 Sergei Bobrovsky 17 14-4-1 1.91 .936 3
70 Joonas Korpisalo 4 1-3-0 3.28 .896 0
Three Storylines
  • The Price Is Right:  Carey Price returned to the Montreal Canadiens and promptly shut out the Buffalo Sabres in his first game back. It was a much better performance than what he gave before his injury, where he played with a sub-.900 save percentage. His return to the team is crucial to reversing their fortunes.
  • Beginning Of A Streak: The Canadiens are out of the playoffs at the moment and will need plenty of help to get there. With a win against the Sabres, they may have found a bit of their mojo. The difference between the Sabres and the Blue Jackets is stark, but all teams have to start somewhere. As players begin to get healthy, the Canadiens are a team that can start a streak. Specifically, be on the lookout for Alex Galchenyuk, Jonathan Drouin, and Max Pacioretty to break out as the team begins to finally take shape around them.
  • Offensively Lacking:  This Canadiens club has good underlying numbers, including Corsi (CF%) numbers that put them top-five in the league. Those numbers hang around the Blue Jackets and highlight a real difference between the two teams: shooting luck and good goaltending. The Canadiens have had subpar goaltending and rank 30th in the league in goals per game. Montreal is going through a rough stretch, but its offense needs to start catching up with the rest of the team to have a fighting chance.

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