Blue Jackets on road to Montreal for 12:30 matchup

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS. MONTREAL CANADIENS

TV:  Bally Sports Ohio           Jeff Rimer (play-by-play), Jody Shelley (color analyst), Dave Maetzold (reporter)              
Radio:  97.1 The Fan              Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Dylan Tyrer (host)

THE MATCHUP

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

2021-22 Record: 22-22-1, 45 pts. (5th, Metropolitan Division)

Goals:  3.16 Goals-For/3.67 Goals-Against… Shots:  29.5 Shots-For/35.2 Shots-Against

Power Play:  16.8 percent (25th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  80.0 percent (16th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.1 PIM (4th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  8-0-1 (3-1)

MONTREAL CANADIENS

2021-22 Record: 8-31-7, 23 pts. (8th, Atlantic Division)

Goals:  2.20 Goals-For/4.00 Goals-Against… Shots:  29.4 Shots-For/34.4 Shots-Against

Power Play:  13.9 percent (31st, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  73.5 percent (29th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  10.9 PIM (29th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout): 1-7-0 (1-0)

Players to Watch:  Nick Suzuki, who played in his first NHL All-Star Game in Las Vegas last weekend, leads the team in goals (tied), assists and points with 9-19-28 in 46 games… Former CBJ RW Josh Anderson has 9-8-17 in 35 appearances in his second season with the team.

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 17-12-4 in 33 all-time meetings, including 9-7-3 on the road… Of Note: The clubs did not meet in 2020-21… CBJ went 2-0-1 against the Canadiens in 2019-20 and have won the season series in four of the last five campaigns the clubs played… The Blue Jackets have recorded points in five-straight meetings (4-0-1) and 12 of the last 15 games of the series (10-3-2) since Jan. 25, 2016… The club picked up points in three consecutive contests at Bell Centre (2-0-1)… The winning team has recorded three-plus goals in nine-straight games of the series (incl. SO goals)… CBJ have killed off all 19 Montreal power play attempts over the last eight meetings since Mar. 12, 2018… Columbus owns four of the five shutouts in the all-time series but Montreal posted the most recent one on Feb. 28, 2018 (Price, 26 saves in 1-0 OT win at MTL).

This Season (CBJ, 0-0-0)

Jan. 30, 2022 – CBJ 6, at MTL 3

Feb. 12, 2022 – at Montreal (12:30 p.m. ET)

Apr. 13, 2022 – at Columbus (7 p.m. ET)

CBJ TEAM NOTES

The Blue Jackets won for the fourth time in the last five games (4-1-0) with a 4-3 overtime win at Buffalo on Thursday… Columbus has scored four-plus goals in each of the last five games (24 goals total), ranking second in the NHL in scoring since Jan. 27 (4.80 avg).  It’s the third time in franchise history that the club has scored four-plus goal in five consecutive games (Mar. 27-Apr. 5, 2018 and Mar. 24-31, 2019). The 24 goals are tied for the second-most over a five-game stretch in club history, trailing only 25 goals scored from Mar. 27-Apr. 5, 2018… CBJ have scored three or more goals in 27 of their 45 games this season (20-7-0)… The club in 18-3-0 when scoring four-plus goals in a game in 2021-22… The Jackets, who have won five of their last six road games, including four-straight, continue a post All-Star break five-game road trip on Saturday at Montreal.  The club also plays at Calgary (Tuesday) and Chicago (Thursday)… Columbus killed off Buffalo’s lone power play opportunity on Thursday and has killed off 37-of-42 opponent chances over the last 13 games (88.1 pct.).  The club ranks fourth in the NHL in penalty kill pct. since January 8… CBJ lead the NHL in win percentage in OT/SO and are one off the League lead in wins with a 8-0-1 record (.889)… The Blue Jackets have trailed in 14 of their 22 victories this season after trailing in each of the last four wins.  The club has trailed by multiple goals in each of its last two games to start the road trip (five multi-goal comeback wins this season)… The team’s six wins when trailing heading into the third period are tied with Florida for the League lead.

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

Max Domi recorded his fourth multi-point effort of the season with two assists on Tuesday and has 0-4-4 in the last six outings… RW Trey Fix-Wolansky scored in his NHL debut on Tuesday and added his first career assist on Thursday… C Brendan Gaunce made his CBJ debut on Tuesday and notched his first NHL goal since Oct. 31, 2018 on Thursday at Buffalo… C Boone Jenner has points in two consecutive games (1-2-3) and has recorded 7-6-13 with three multi-point efforts in the last 13 contests.  He leads the club in goals, points and power play goals with 19-14-33 and six PPG in 45 appearances and is on pace to set single-season career highs in both goals and points (30-19-49 in 82 GP in 2015-16)… LW Patrik Laine posted an assist on Thursday to stretch his points streak to five-straight (6-4-10).  He kicked off the stretch with a multi-assist game before recording multiple goals in three-straight outings from Jan. 30-Feb. 8… LW Gus Nyquist collected points in four consecutive games (2-4-6) prior to Thursday’s game.  He leads the club in goals, assists and points since Dec. 16 with 8-9-17 with six multi-point outings in the last 18 games… D Andrew Peeke has played 21-plus minutes in each of the last 11 games (avg. 24:24)… C Jack Roslovic has recorded points in four-straight contests (2-2-4) after posting his eighth goal of the campaign at Buffalo on Thursday… RW Jakub Voracek notched his 12th career overtime winner and added an assist for his seventh multi-point effort on Thursday.  He ranks fifth-T in the NHL in primary assists (23) and leads the club in assists overall (29)… Playing in his second NHL All-Star Game last Saturday, D Zach Werenski helped the Metropolitan Division win the 2022 event.  The blueliner, who has 0-5-5 in his last seven games, ranks fifth in the NHL in TOI/GP (26:04).

MILESTONES

•     GM Jarmo Kekalainen is two games from 700 for his NHL/CBJ GM career.

•     RW Oliver Bjorkstrand is four goals from 100 for his NHL career (96-111-207, 345 GP).

•     C Max Domi is two goals from 100, two assists from 200 and four points from 300 for his NHL career (98-198-296, 464 GP).

•     LW Parik Laine is four points from 300 in his NHL career (162-134-296, 377 GP).

•     C Jack Roslovic is eight games from 100 for his CBJ career (20-34-54, 92 GP).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT

•     LW Justin Danforth (knee; Injured Reserve on Dec. 31) is expected to miss 6 weeks

•     G Daniil Tarasov (lower body; Injured Reserve on Jan. 4) is out indefinitely

•     C Alexandre Texier (fractured finger; Injured Reserve on Jan. 26) is expected to miss 4 weeks

•     D Jake Bean (groin; Injured Reserve on Jan. 30) is expected to miss 4 weeks

•     LW Eric Robinson (knee; Injured Reserve on Jan. 31) is expected to miss 6 weeks

•     RW Emil Bemstrom (COVID-19 protocol on Feb. 7)

TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 158

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