Canadiens preview: Blue Jackets run into redhot Galchenyuk
  • Marc Staal (china, u) May 14
    CANADIENSBell Centre, Tuesday, 730 p.m., Sportsnet East, RDS, TSN Radio 690The
    matchup The Canadiens have the best record in the Eastern Conference but the
    team resilience will be tested into the new year because league MVP Carey Price
    is out for at least six weeks with the right knee injury that sidelined him for
    three weeks in November. The injury means more work for rookie Mike Condon. The
    Blue Jackets are one of the NHL have-nots, but they have six wins in their last
    nine games including two over the Pittsburgh Penguins Michel
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    .Condon on the spot With Price out, the pressure will be on
    Mike Condon, who is 8-2-3 in his first NHL season. The good news is that Condon
    will see enough action to get into the rookie-of-the-year conversation, but he
    going to need some help from a battered lineup, which ranks No. 2 in offence and
    No. 3 in defence. Alex Galchenyuk comes into this game with a five-game point
    streak while Max Pacioretty has two goals and three assists in a four-game
    streak.Honour roll Galchenyuk was named the NHL third star for his play last
    while David Desharnais will be introduced prior to this game as the Molson Cup
    winner for October.The other guys Ryan Johansen leads the Blue Jackets with 18
    points, while Boone Jenner has 16, including a team-leading 11 goals. Brandon
    Saad has five of his nine goals on the power play, while Scott Hartnell also has
    nine goals. Sergei Bobrovsky, a former Vézina Trophy winner,
    had a horrendous start but he has won six of his last eight starts and has
    allowed only 12 goals in that span.The Tortorella factor The Blue Jackets are in
    last place in the Metropolitan Division, but they have shown signs of life since
    John Tortorella replaced Todd Richards on Oct. 21. The team lost its first seven
    games under Richards, but they are 10-8 with Tortorella behind the bench.Injury
    update The news on Price condition was not unexpected. The good news is that he
    doesnt require surgery. Brendan Gallagher is out for another five weeks with two
    broken fingers, while Alexander Semin and Torrey Mitchell are nursing lower-body
    injuries. Michaël Bournival is practising after being out with a concussion,
    while Daniel Carr was called up from Hamilton. Injuries sabotaged the Blue
    Jackets playoff hopes last season and they are missing six players. David
    Clarkson, who was a bust last season in Toronto, had only one assist in eight
    games before going out with a back injury and former Canadien Rene Bourque had
    one assist in 15 games before going on the IR with an upper-body injury. Other
    Columbus casualties are Fedor Tyutin , Cody Goloubef , Jared Boll and Markus
    Hannikainen .Coming up The Canadiens are home to Alex Ovechkin and the
    Washington Capitals on Thursday .

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