Home games against the Canadiens are always fun in part to the rabid Canadiens fans who come out in force to support their team.
The Jets rebounded from a two game losing skid on Saturday afternoon with an emphatic 6 – 0 win against the Minnesota Wild. Blake Wheeler became the franchise leader in points, Connor Hellebuyck got his third shutout of the year, and Jansen Harkins scored his first NHL point with a lovely assist to fellow Moose team mate Logan Shaw.
The Canadiens had won two in a row before losing a close game on Saturday to the Edmonton Oilers. They sit at 17-13-6, and are in a logjam in the Atlantic Division, where five teams are separated by four points. The Canadiens have been hit by a rash of injuries, but need every win they can get, as they cannot afford to lose any ground to their division rivals. They are led in scoring by Tomas Tatar, and old pal Joel Armia is also on pace for a career year in points (single tear falling from my eye). Ben Chiarot returns to Winnipeg for the first time as a Canadien.
Expected Line Ups:
Kyle Connor - Mark Scheifele - Patrik Laine
Nikolaj Ehlers - Blake Wheeler –Jack Roslovic
Gabriel Bourque - Adam Lowry – Mason Appleton
Jansen Harkins – Nick Shore - Logan Shaw
Josh Morrissey - Tucker Poolman
Luca Sbisa - Neal Pionk
Nathan Beaulieu – Anthony Bitetto
F Mathieu Perreault, F Andrew Copp, F Bryan Little, D Dmitry Kulikov, F Mark Letestu, D Dustin Byfuglien (suspended)
Tomáš Tatar – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen – Max Domi – Joel Armia
Nick Cousins – Nick Suzuki – Jordan Weal
Ryan Poehling – Nate Thompson – Riley Barber
Ben Chiarot – Shea Weber
Brett Kulak – Jeff Petry
Mike Reilly – Cale Fleury
Noah Juulsen, Michael McCarron, Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin, Victor Mete, Jesperi Kotkaniemi