Thursday night will be the most important game of the season for both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens at this point in the season. Both clubs are in the midst of a playoff battle for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, and with just two points separating the teams, Thursday’s game could mean a potential four-point swing for the winning team.

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Over the course of the past week, Montreal has managed to secure 9 of 10 possible points. That hot play has allowed them to gain ground on the Carolina Hurricanes, who currently occupy the first Wild Card spot, and also stay ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Goaltender Carey Price has been the difference maker for them over that run. He’s registered a shutout and allowed just eight goals over those five games.

Columbus, feeling the pressure of the playoff push, has responded by shutting out their opponents in each of the last two games. Sergei Bobrovsky saved all 47 shots he faced over those two games, and is doing his part to keep the Blue Jackets in the race. The winner of Thursday’s contest will have an edge in the playoff race heading into the final five games of the season, so be sure to tune in at 7:00 PM ET for this exciting game.

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