Canadiens vs Blue Jackets game thread

The Habs are hoping for a season sweep of the Jackets tonight at the Bell Centre.

In spite of some inspired play in the last half of the season, Columbus is still on the brink of missing the playoffs, sitting in the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, tied with Washington at 76 points. Columbus does have two games in hand on the Caps, but they also have Detroit right behind them at 75 points, and no games in hand on them. The Jackets are in a do or die situation until the end of the season, so expect them to come out on fire tonight.

The Habs meanwhile, are jockeying for home ice in what looks like a more and more likely first round matchup against Tampa Bay. Every point matters for them as well, and the opportunity to regain home ice while playing spoiler is something they should relish.

Puck drop is at 7:30 PM EST.

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Thomas Vanek
Daniel Briere Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Lars Eller Brian Gionta
Travis Moen Ryan White Dale Weise
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov Alexei Emelin
Francis Bouillon P.K. Subban
Jarred Tinordi Mike Weaver
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Peter Budaj

Scratches: Douglas Murray, Rene Bourque, George Parros

Injuries: Michael Bournival (concussion, day-to-day), Josh Gorges (fractured hand, 1 week), Brandon Prust (upper body, undisclosed)

As for Columbus:

Columbus Blue Jackets Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Boone Jenner Ryan Johansen Nathan Horton
Matt Calvert Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno Artem Anisimov Corey Tropp
Derek MacKenzie Mark Letestu Blake Comeau
Left Defense
Right Defense
Jack Johnson Dalton Prout
Fedor Tyutin James Wisniewski
Nikita Nikitin David Savard
Goaltenders
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Check out the opposing side at The Cannon.

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