The Montreal Canadians visit the Columbus Blue Jackets to play the first two games of two nights on Wednesday.
Kaiden Guhle had a quick chance to score in the opening seconds, but his shot hit the post over the shoulder of goalkeeper Elvis Merzlikins.
In the middle, Merzlikins closed the door on Juraj Slafkovsky who tried to save his own comeback.
On the other side, Samuel Montembeault stopped a number from Yegor Chinakhov and Dmitri Voronkov to preserve the score at 0-0.
The initial stage took place at a high speed, with several stops in the game, waiting for the first goal. CH shot 9 times on net, compared to 12 for the opponent.
Forward Joel Armia played his first game since being recalled by the Montreal Canadiens last week.
Armia replaces Michael Pezzetta in the lineup. This is the only change made by head coach Martin St-Louis after Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
In their last outing, the Blue Jackets surprised the Boston Bruins with a score of 5-2.
“The Blue Jackets represent a good challenge. They have good players who haven’t performed as expected, but they can be dangerous easily,” said Kaiden Guhle after the morning training.
Columbus captain Boone Jenner, who leads the team with 11 goals this season, has seen marked improvement in his team in recent seasons.
“We played good hockey today,” the veteran said. It was not an easy start to the season. Today we focus on our recent good performance. »
During their first meeting of the season, on October 26, the Canadiens won 4-3 in overtime after Cole Caufield’s goal in the last minute.
Samuel Montembeault will defend the CH cage.
Starting line in Canada:
Blue Jackets starting lineup: