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Preview and GDT: Winnipeg Jets vs Montreal Canadiens

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The Montreal Canadiens make their lone visit to Bell MTS Centre. 

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Winnipeg Jets James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Go Jets!!!!!!!!!

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Expected Line Ups:

WINNIPEG JETS

Forwards

Kyle Connor - Mark Scheifele - Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers - Blake WheelerJack Roslovic

Gabriel Bourque - Adam LowryMason Appleton

Jansen Harkins – Nick Shore - Logan Shaw

Defence

Josh Morrissey - Tucker Poolman

Luca Sbisa - Neal Pionk

Nathan BeaulieuAnthony Bitetto

Goalies

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Injuries

F Mathieu Perreault, F Andrew Copp, F Bryan Little, D Dmitry Kulikov, F Mark Letestu, D Dustin Byfuglien (suspended)

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Forwards

Tomáš Tatar – Phillip DanaultBrendan Gallagher

Artturi LehkonenMax DomiJoel Armia

Nick CousinsNick SuzukiJordan Weal

Ryan PoehlingNate ThompsonRiley Barber

Defence

Ben ChiarotShea Weber

Brett KulakJeff Petry

Mike ReillyCale Fleury

Goalies

Carey Price

Charlie Lindgren

Injuries

Noah Juulsen, Michael McCarron, Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin, Victor Mete, Jesperi Kotkaniemi