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Can Montreal make it nine wins in a row?

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight showcases two teams on very different paths.

The Montreal Canadiens roll into Columbus sporting an 9-0-1 record, sitting atop of the league standings, and remain the only NHL team undefeated in regulation. This seems eerily similar to last season, but the feeling around this team is quite different this year, and everything seems to be clicking for the Habs as of late.

Al Montoya gets the start tonight, and has thrived this season during Carey Price's absence. Even with Price back, he has a 3-0-1 record, .955 save percentage and 1.47 GAA, and will look to get the job done.

The line of Radulov, Galchenyuk and Gallagher were the best line last game against the Canucks, combining for six points. This is one of the most dangerous lines the Habs have had in a while, and they always make something happen when they're on the ice.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets are seen as a candidate to be one of the worst teams in the league this year. They have a record of 4-3-1, good for sixth in the Metro Division. Captain Nick Foligno leads the Jackets with nine points, with five in his last four, and is looking to rebound from a poor season last year. He's on a line with Brandon Saad and Alex Wennberg, who've looked dangerous lately as well.

Puck Drop is 7:00 PM EST

How to watch:

Canada (English): Sportsnet East

Canada (French): RDS

Columbus Region: Fox Sports Ohio

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Andrew Shaw
Alexander Radulov Alex Galchenyuk Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen Tomas Plekanec Paul Byron
Philip Danault Torrey Mitchell Brian Flynn
Left Defence Right Defence
Alexei Emelin Shea Weber
Andrei Markov Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu Greg Pateryn
Goaltenders
Al Montoya
Carey Price

Scratched: Joel Hanley, Daniel Carr.

Columbus Blue Jackets Projected Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Brandon Saad Alexander Wennberg Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert William Karlsson Josh Anderson
Scott Hartnell Lukas Sedlak Sam Gagner
Left Defence Right Defence
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Ryan Murray Jack Johnson
Markus Nutivaara David Savard
Goaltenders
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Sonny Milano, Scott Harrington, Dalton Prout.