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Game #20 | Montreal Vs Columbus | 15 November 2013 7:00 pm est


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Season series:


The Montreal Canadiens won the first of three games, 5-3 on Oct. 17. The Columbus Blue Jackets trailed 3-0 before tying it in the third period, but Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec scored with 1:07 remaining and added an empty-net goal 51 seconds later.


Big story: Since that game against the Blue Jackets, the Canadiens are 4-6-2 with a recent stretch of five losses in six games, including a 2-1 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday when Montreal allowed a season-high 45 shots on goal.


"There were many things that happened last game that I didn't like, but in the games before that there were a lot of positives, even though we might have lost," coach Michel Therrien said Thursday.



Team Scope:



Canadiens:


Montreal took advantage of two days between games to try to get back on track.


"Today, we held a high-intensity practice, and that's what we wanted to do," Therrien said. "Our level of execution was higher than it usually is. We paid particular attention to details. It's looking good for the weekend."


Peter Budaj will start in goal Friday before Carey Price faces the New York Rangers at Bell Centre on Saturday.


"Our last six games, we don't have a good record," Budaj told the team website. "We need to improve. We know we have to win. We know that we have to get the points. Every point is huge. ... We are going to Columbus, it's a tough team to play against. They have a Vezina Trophy goalie (Sergei Bobrovsky), so we have to be ready."


Budaj is 2-1-0 with a 1.34 goals-against average this season. He is 7-5-0 with a 2.20 GAA in 13 games against Columbus.


Blue Jackets:


Columbus will look to build on its play in a scoreless third period against the Boston Bruins on Friday in what ended as a 3-2 overtime loss. After this home game, the Blue Jackets, 2-4-2 on the road, travel for five straight in Canada.


"I think it's a big game tomorrow; we have to go back home and win the game and get the two points before going on a big trip," defenseman David Savard told Fox Sports Ohio. "I think in the third we battled hard and just have to bring [that] tomorrow the whole 60 minutes, maybe more."


Columbus outshot Boston 14-8 in the third period and overtime.


"We'll look at some video in the morning, of things we can do better at and fix, and we have to be ready for a big start against Montreal," forward Ryan Johansen said.


Who's hot:


Canadiens forward Daniel Briere scored in his first game back from a head injury Tuesday, his second goal in nine games this season. Forward Max Pacioretty had an assist, his first point since returning from a hamstring injury Nov. 2. … Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno, who's been in and out of the lineup due to a family matter, has five points in his past six games played. Forward Mark Letestu has a three-game assist streak.


Injury report:


Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin (knee) will not play Friday but expects to be in the lineup Saturday in what would be his first game since offseason surgery. Forward Brandon Prust (shoulder) may play Saturday for the first time since Oct. 19. Forward George Parros (therapy day) did not practice Thursday. … Blue Jackets forwards Matt Calvert (abdominal surgery), Nathan Horton (shoulder surgery) and Boone Jenner (leg) are out.


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Hi I am going to the game tonight in Columbus and I was hoping to meet some players and get some autographs. Does anyone have any advice they can give me about their road routine that might help?

Hi,,,, your previous post was moved to the " tickets thread" which can be found here:

http://fans.canadiens.nhl.com/community/topic/27757-2013-2014-tickets-thread/

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Hi,,,, your previous post was moved to the " tickets thread" which can be found here:

http://fans.canadiens.nhl.com/community/topic/27757-2013-2014-tickets-thread/

Yeah, I moved it there, but I also suggested that this might be a good place to ask as well. I'm not sure how many people read the ticket thread, but I'm pretty sure most people on the site find their way in here at one point or another :)

Great GDT!

Jenner's out, eh? Wasn't he the guy who did all the damage against us the last time we met the jackets?

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Great news. I have tickets 5 rows behind the Habs bench and I got them for only 78 bucks each

We'll be watching for you. Just make yourself seen :P .

Rumour has it that Gallagher has the flu and won't be playing. Not sure how true that is tho.

If true, they had better disinfect the locker-room. :mellow:

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I'll be there with my habs jersey on hope you see me. I am recording it tonight just in case.

We'll be watching for you. Just make yourself seen :P .

Rumour has it that Gallagher has the flu and won't be playing. Not sure how true that is tho.

If true, they had better disinfect the locker-room. :mellow:

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Yeah, I moved it there, but I also suggested that this might be a good place to ask as well. I'm not sure how many people read the ticket thread, but I'm pretty sure most people on the site find their way in here at one point or another :)

Great GDT!

Jenner's out, eh? Wasn't he the guy who did all the damage against us the last time we met the jackets?

Yep, Jenner had 2 goals on 6 shots, although he was still a -2 for the game. Hopefully Budaj can match Price's result against Columbus!

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Gallagher is a game time decision.

Prust and Desharnais will both be back. Desharnais will likely be on the 4th line.

Jenner is out, but Gaborik is back in after not playing against us last time.

Great GDT beaubie!

Also, they will likely start McElhinney instead of Bob since Bob played yesterday.

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No sense in playing Gallagher tonight and then having to sit him tomorrow because he doesn't feel up to playing back to back. Better off trying to rest him tonight and see if he can go feeling a bit more fresh tomorrow.

Wouldn't be surprised to see Desharnais jump into the top 9 as the game goes on. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see Therrien juggle a lot of his lines in this one.

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