The Montreal Canadiens (3-2-1) will host the Columbus Blue Jackets (3-2-1) at the Bell Centre. The puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
The Habs are coming off a rather one-sided loss to the incredibly talented New Jersey Devils, whereas the Blue Jackets are coming off a tightly contested 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks.
As it stands, their penalty kill is less efficient than a solar-powered flashlight, whereas their powerplay has a harder time entering the offensive zone than a drunken giraffe on skates.
There was some good news on the injury front, as Renaud Lavoie reported Kaiden Guhle could return to play this week. Guhle is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He practiced with Joel Armia and Christian Dvorak, but will not feature in Thursday’s game.
Despite taking part in the morning skate with the rest of the team, #Habs Kaiden Guhle won't play tonight but is close to being able to return to the line-up according to Martin St-Louis.
— Priyanta Emrith (@HabsInHighHeels) October 26, 2023
Samuel Montembeault will be given the start for the Montreal Canadiens, with Jake Allen serving as his backup.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Third-overall draft pick Adam Fantilli is off to a great start to his career, as evidenced by his two goals and two assists in six games. His goal against the Ducks was particularly nice, showing off his top-notch release and elite accuracy.
The Canadiens would be wise to keep a closer eye on the 19-year-old offensive dynamo.
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) October 25, 2023
Boone Jenner leads the team in scoring with four goals and one assist in 5 games, whereas Ivan Provorov is the most productive defenceman with five assists in as many games.
There has been no confirmation when it comes to Columbus’ starter on Tuesday night, but expect Elvis Merzlikins to be given the net.
Montreal Canadiens Injuries
- Christian Dvorak (week-to-week)
- Carey Price (IR)
- Chris Wideman (IR)
- Kirby Dach (out for season)
- Kaiden Guhle (day-to-day)
Columbus Blue Jackets Injuries
- Patrick Laine (day-to-day)
Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
|Cole Caufield||Nick Suzuki||Juraj Slafkovsky|
|Jake Evans||Sean Monahan||Josh Anderson|
|Tanner Pearson||Christian Dvorak||Brendan Gallagher|
|Joel ARmia||Mitchell Stephens||Jesse Ylonen|
|Mike Matheson||Gustav Lindstrom|
|Kaiden Guhle||Justin Barron|
|Jayden Struble||Johnathan Kovacevic|
Columbus Blue Jackets
Gaudreau – Jenner – Roslovic
Texier – Fantilli – Bemstrom
Marchensko – Sillinger – Danforth
Dmitri Voronkov – Kuraly – Oliver
Werenski – Severson
Provorov – Jiricek
Bean – Gudbranson