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Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Attendance: 21,302
Lindgren, Canadiens await visit from Blue Jackets
Columbus Blue Jackets at Montreal Canadiens
- The Blue Jackets won in a shootout, 2-1, at Detroit on Saturday, snapping a four-game losing streak (0-3-1). Columbus has scored just one goal in each of its last three games. The last time Columbus scored one goal (or fewer) in 3+ consecutive games was November 28 -- December 4, 2015 (3 straight).
- The Canadiens beat the Sabres on Saturday, 2-1, in overtime. Montreal converted its only power-play opportunity of the game 1:01 into the third period to knot the score at 1-1, and Max Pacioretty scored 3:08 into overtime to give the Canadiens two points. Montreal has won four of its last five games (4-1-0).
- This is the first of three meetings this season between the Blue Jackets and Canadiens. The teams will play twice this month (tonight and November 27) in Montreal, and the lone meeting in Ohio will be March 12. Columbus is 4-0-1 in its last five meetings with Montreal, and has outscored the Canadiens 22-6.
- Artemi Panarin scored the only goal on Saturday in Detroit, and he also added a shootout goal in Columbus' eventual shootout win (in nine rounds). All three of Panarin's goals this season have come against Original Six teams (2 vs. NYR, 1 vs. Det) in just five total games.
- Max Pacioretty leads the NHL with 85 shots on goal, and he had nine shots on goal on Saturday versus Buffalo. Pacioretty has six goals in his last 10 games, after just one goal in the first eight games of the season.
- Sergei Bobrovsky won in a shootout on Saturday in Detroit and is now 10-4 in shootouts dating back to December of 2014. Bobrovsky has stopped 12-of-14 (85.7%) of opponent shootout attempts this season.
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MONTREAL -- Canadiens goaltender Charlie Lindgren will be looking down the ice and trying to learn something from counterpart Sergei Bobrovsky on Tuesday when the Columbus Blue Jackets visit the Bell Centre on Tuesday.
Lindgren is 3-1-0 since No. 1 goaltender Carey Price was injured on Nov. 2, with backup Al Montoya also ailing with a concussion sustained on Friday.
The 23-year-old Lindgren has a 1.24 goals-against average and .964 save percentage in his four starts.
The Canadiens (8-9-1) have won seven of their last 10 games while the Blue Jackets (10-7-1) own a 5-4-1 record in their past 10.
"(Lindgren)'s got a great compete level," Canadiens coach Claude Julien said Monday. "I think he's a very confident goaltender. He believes in his ability and everything else. There's a lot there. A great attitude. He really doesn't look like a goaltender who right from the get-go was ever intimidated being in front of the net in an NHL game facing anybody.
"We're fortunate that he's been good for us every time he's had the opportunity to play."
Lindgren said he always pays attention to what the opposing goaltender is doing and particularly so when it's a two-time Vezina Trophy winner like Bobrovsky.
"This is the highest level, so there's always something to learn. I love the way he plays," Lindgren said after practice Monday. "He battles super hard for pucks. He's very quick. He's tough to score on. It's definitely going to be a good challenge."
Bobrovsky is coming off a save of the year candidate Saturday when he sprawled to get his right skate on a shot by Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou on a 2-on-none with Anthony Mantha in overtime.
"That was 'Save of the Year' for sure," Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski said. "When the pass comes back (to Athanasiou), from where we're standing, it looks like an empty net. Next thing you know, the puck's in the air and it's not in, and we were all just laughing at how incredible he is. He doesn't ever fail to amaze you."
The save helped the Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win after a nine-round shootout, ending Columbus' four-game losing streak.
"We were desperate," Bobrovsky said. "We (lost) a few in a row, so it was huge game for us. We just have to find a way to win, and it doesn't matter how."
The Blue Jackets are dealing with injuries up front: Center Alexander Wennberg missed practice Monday and is questionable against the Canadiens. Left wing Matt Calvert (upper body) and center Lukas Sedlak (ankle) are out and center Zac Dalpe (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Monday.
Center Jordan Schroeder was called up from Cleveland of the American Hockey League and could play his first game of the season Tuesday.
The game will be a matchup between two teams with some special teams that have struggled at times. The Blue Jackets were 0-for-2 on the power play against the Red Wings Saturday, leaving them 0-for-13 in their past five games.
The Canadiens are 29th in penalty killing, though they have shown signs of improving lately. The Canadiens had killed eight straight short-handed situations in three games before giving up a power-play goal to the Buffalo Sabres in a 2-1 overtime win on Saturday.
Updated November 13, 2017