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Canadiens vs. Blue Jackets Game Thread, roster, lines, and how to watch

Can the Habs get a win before they take a week off for the NHL All Star break?

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

It's a very confusing time to be a Habs fan.

The Canadiens lost again last night, after a promising win in Toronto on Saturday, and this time to a team that sits in the literal last place in the NHL standings, a place the Canadiens could themselves soon realistically occupy.

It's confusing, because while all of this is happening, we're being told that this is the right path to take, and that there is nothing that can be done to right the ship at this time. It's as if we're caught in a storm of our own making, but it isn't by the making of the fans, certainly not, by but forces and decisions we have no control over, no say in according to this team's general manager.

This will be the Canadiens' final game before the All-Star break and 50th game of the season. The Habs will be chasing their 25th win tonight, and just their fourth win for the month of January. If the Habs win tonight they will be 4-6-2 for the month of January, a step up from December when they went 3-11-0.

The Canadiens do not resume action after tonight until next Tuesday night in Philadelphia, before a four-game homestand in which they will face three teams that are currently lower in the standings than they are.

The puck drops at 7:30 PM EST.

How To Watch:

In Canada (French): RDS
In Canada (English): Sportsnet East
In the Blue Jackets region: FS-O
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Brian Flynn
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Tomas Fleischmann Lars Eller Devante Smith-Pelly
Jacob de la Rose Torrey Mitchell Dale Weise
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu Mark Barberio
Ben Scrivens
Mike Condon

Scratched: Greg Pateryn
Carey Price (lower body) Tom Gilbert (lower body), Paul Byron (upper body), Daniel Carr (lower body)

Columbus Blue Jackets Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Scott Hartnell Alexander Wennberg Brandon Saad
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Kerby Rychel William Karlsson Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert Gregory Campbell Rene Bourque
Left Defense
Right Defense
Ryan Murray Seth Jones
Jack Johnson Justin Falk
Fedor Tyutin Dalton Prout
Joonas Korpisalo
Anton Forsberg

Scratched: Josh Anderson, Jared Boll, Cody Goloubef
Injuries: Sergei Bobrovsky (lower body), David Savard (strained oblique), Curtis McElhinney (ankle), David Clarkson (upper body)

Check out the enemy over at The Cannon.