Game Preview: Red Hot Montreal Canadiens Visit Nationwide Arena to Take On Red Hot Columbus Blue Jackets

By Sam Blazer on January 18, 2019 at 6:25 am
Sergei Bobrovsky defends his net against the Montreal Canadiens

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have been on fire taking down good teams and bad. They are finding a groove and it is thanks to some depth scoring. The defense in front of it seems to be taking shape as well. It is all hitting at exactly the right time. 

They took down the New Jersey Devils and it didn't take much work after dominating the first period they coasted most of the way to an easy victory. 

The Montreal Canadiens come in red hot and they will be a tough out. They are a strong mix of young players and veterans, they are finding success despite expectations being astoundingly low.

PROJECTED LINES:

Panarin – Dubois – Atkinson

Dubinsky – Wennberg – Stenlund

Foligno – Jenner – Anderson

Sedlak – Nash – Bjorkstrand 

DEFENSEMEN:

Werenski – Jones

Murray – Nutivaara

Harrington – Savard

GOALTENDER:

Bobrovsky or Korpisalo

STORYLINES

  • Joonas Korpisalo has been playing really well. Sergei Bobrovsky has not. Bobrovsky is the horse that they have run with in the past when they get hot. Are they going to do the same with Korpisalo? 
  • What exactly will the Blue Jackets lineup look like with Brandon Dubinsky back in action? Anthony Duclair was the person in practice that sat out. Who is going to be the latest person to sit out. The competition is tight. 
  • Everything seems to be going right for the Blue Jackets right now. They now need to get the fourth line going and ensure they remain engaged. Riley Nash hasn't contributed much and getting him going could take the team to another level. 

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