BLUE JACKETS AT 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.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 https://www.penguinsfansteamstore.com/R … _Jersey-24, 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 week, 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 https://www.penguinsfansteamstore.com/Custom_Jersey-34. 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 .