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Winnipeg Jets vs Montreal Canadiens

Jets take on the Canadiens in search of 2 valuable points.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Winnipeg Jets Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

The Winnipeg Jets are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night resulting in one point towards their playoff hopes.

Their opponents today are the Montreal Canadiens, who managed to make headlines during their bye week, by replacing their head coach. Claude Julien comes in and takes over as the Canadiens’ bench boss, which is his second stint with the team.

Who: Winnipeg Jets (26-29-5) vs Montreal Canadiens (31-19-8)

When: 1:00 pm CST

How: CBC, TVAS, SN, TSN1290, TSN 98.5FM

Projected Lineups:

Winnipeg Jets:

Nikolaj Ehlers - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler

Mathieau Perreault - Mark Scheifele - Patrik Laine

Shawn Matthias - Adam Lowry - Joel Armia

Drew Stafford - Nic Petan - Chris Thorburn

Ben Chariot - Dustin Byfuglien

Josh Morrissey - Jacob Trouba

Mark Stuart - Paul Postma

Connor Hellebuyck

Micheal Hutchinson

Montreal Canadiens:

Max Pacioretty - Alex Galchenuyck - Alexander Radulov

Paul Byron - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -Phillip Danault - Andrew Shaw

Sven Andrighetto - Torrey Mitchell - Brian Flynn

Alexei Emelin - Shea Weber

Andrei Markov - Jeff Petry

Nathan Beaulieu - Greg Pateryn

Carey Price

Al Montoya

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3 Questions:

  1. Again, can Hellebuyck continue to play up to the level of confidence the team, the coaching staff, and the management of the Winnipeg Jets have in Pavelec? Although coming off a overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penquins, Hellebuyck’s play was shaky in the first, but he settled down for the remainder of the game. Ondrej Pavelec is with the team during this road trip, and is breathing down Connor Hellebuyck’s neck!
  2. Can the Winnipeg Jets maintain it’s disciplined play and not allow the other team to secure a valuable power play opportunity? Things got a bit out of hand against the Penguins with no fault to the Jets on some occasions.
  3. Can the Winnipeg Jets become a consistent defensively minded team? Pittsburgh was able to get 47 shots in on Hellebuyck, while the Jets countered with 39.

Player to Watch:

Literally, both teams - Coach Julien will have his troops up and ready as this is the first game back in this current tenure with the Canadiens, so Coach Maurice should have his troops ready to match intensity and determination.

Prediction: Jets 2-1