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Blue Jackets invade Montreal tonight to take on revived Canadiens; new coach Claude Julien has team rolling again

Feb. 28, 2017  ||  Blue Jackets at Canadiens  ||  Bell Centre  ||  7:30 pm ET

GAME INFORMATION

The Matchup
Columbus: 39-16-5  (83 pts.)  || 17-7-4  (38 pts.) on Road  || 3rd Metropolitan  || 3.28 GF / 2.40 GA
Montreal: 33-21-8 (74 pts)  || 18-9-4 (40 pts.) at Home  || 1st Atlantic  || 2.74 GF / 2.55 GA
All-Time Series
Columbus: 11-9-2 (6-5-1 on Road)
2016-17: Nov. 4 – at CBJ 10, MTL 0… Dec. 23 – at CBJ 2, MTL 1… Feb. 28 at Montreal
2015-16: Dec. 1 – at MTL 2, CBJ 1… Jan. 25 – at CBJ 5, MTL 2… Jan. 26 – CBJ 5, at MTL 2

*  Columbus has won four-straight in the series, outscoring Montreal 22-5
*  The Jackets are 7-of-12 (58.3 pct.) on the power play in the last three games of the series

NOTEWORTHY
*  Columbus is 4-1-0 in the past five games, outscoring opponents 22-9
*  The line of Boone Jenner (3-4-7) and Cam Atkinson (5-2-7) centered by Brandon Dubinsky (4-8-12) have combined for 12-14-26 over the past 11 contests
*  The Jackets are one of three teams to rank in the top-five in both goals-for and goals-against, ranking fourth in both categories
PLAYERS TO WATCH IN TONIGHT’S GAME
Blue Jackets:
* 10  Alexander Wennberg - Has posted multi-point games in three-straight (2-4-6) and four of the past five (2-6-8) and is currently fifth in the NHL in assists (40)
* 13  Cam Atkinson - Tallied two goals on Sunday to set a career high with his 28th and 29th goals of the season (5th-T in NHL) and is one point from setting a new career high (27-26-53 in 2015-16)
Canadiens:
* 47  Alexander Radulov - The forward leads Montreal in assists and ranks second in points with 14-28-42
* 67  Max Pacioretty - Canadiens’ captain leads club in goals and points with 29-24-53 in 62 games, ranking 5th-T in the NHL in goals.

Montreal Canadiens retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure Date of honour
1 Jacques Plante G 1952–63 October 7, 1995
2 Doug Harvey D 1947–61 October 26, 1985
3 Emile Bouchard D 1941–56 December 4, 2009
4 Jean Beliveau C 1950–71 October 9, 1971
5 Bernie Geoffrion RW 1950–64 March 11, 2006
Guy Lapointe D 1968–82 November 8, 2014
7 Howie Morenz C 1923–37 November 2, 1937
9 Maurice Richard RW 1942–60 October 6, 1960
10 Guy Lafleur RW 1971-85 February 16, 1985
12 Dickie Moore LW 1951–63 November 12, 2005
Yvan Cournoyer RW 1963–79 November 12, 2005
16 Henri Richard C 1955–75 December 10, 1975
Elmer Lach C 1940–54 December 4, 2009
18 Serge Savard D 1966–81 November 18, 2006
19 Larry Robinson D 1972–89 November 19, 2007
23 Bob Gainey LW 1973–89 February 23, 2008
29 Ken Dryden G 1970–79 January 29, 2007
33 Patrick Roy G 1984–95 November 22, 2008

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS
RETIRED NUMBERS GRAPHIC COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS