Columbus puts road winning streak on the line against Montreal

Columbus Blue Jackets (22-22-1, fifth in Metro) vs Montreal Canadiens (8-31-7, eighth in Atlantic)

Montreal; Saturday, 12:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Columbus visits Montreal in an attempt to extend his four-game road win streak.

The Canadiens are 4-18-2 against Eastern Conference opponents. Montreal is serving 10.9 penalty minutes per game, the most in the Eastern Conference. Michael Pezzetta leads the team in service by 68 minutes in total.

The Blue Jackets are 7-8-0 against opponents Metropolitan. Columbus ranks seventh in the Eastern Conference with 8.5 points per game, averaging 3.2 goals and 5.4 assists.

When they last met on January 30, Columbus won 6-3. Patrik Laine scored a team-high two goals for the Blue Jackets in the win.

TOP PERFORMERS: Nicholas Suzuki leads the Canadiens with 19 assists and 28 points this season. Tyler Toffoli has had five assists in Montreal’s last 10 games.

Jakub Voracek leads the Blue Jackets with 29 total assists and 31 points. Laine has seven goals and five assists in Columbus’ last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Canadiens: 1-7-2, averaged 2.6 goals, 4.4 assists, five penalties and 14.3 penalty minutes while allowing five goals per game with an .857 save percentage.

Blue Jackets: 5-5-0, averaging 3.1 goals, 4.7 assists, 3.7 penalties and 7.6 penalty minutes while allowing 4.3 goals per game with an .887 save percentage.

INJURIES: Canadians: Rafael Harvey-Pinard: absent (health protocols), Louie Belpedio: absent (covid-19), Gianni Fairbrother: absent (covid-19), David Savard: absent (ankle).

Blue Jackets: Emil Bemstrom: out (sanitary protocols).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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