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Preview and GDT: Winnipeg Jets vs Montreal Canadiens

The Jets begin a tough Atlantic Division road trip tonight in Montreal

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

Time: 6:00 CT

TV: TSN 3

Radio: TSN 1290

Introduction:

After a big New Year’s Eve win against Colorado, the Winnipeg Jets have started the new decade with two losses, against Toronto and Minnesota. Their schedule for January is tough, beginning tonight against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. The Jets are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games, and are currently sitting just outside of the last wildcard playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The good news for the Jets is that it looks like Andrew Copp may be returning from injury tonight, and fan favourite Sami Niku (#freeniku) will be inserted back into the line up, hopefully for the remainder of the season. Montreal is the city where Niku scored his first NHL goal, so it’s the perfect setting for his return.

The Jets have cooled off recently and are essentially the team we thought they would be at the beginning of the year. They overachieved early thanks in large part to Connor Hellebuyck, who has been outstanding overall, and has definitely been the team’s MVP. Alas, without all-world goaltending, the Jets are a team that will struggle to make a wildcard playoff spot.

The Montreal Canadiens are in a similar position in the Eastern Conference. Their record is 3-6-1 in their last 10 games, and they are also currently sitting outside of a wildcard playoff spot. The Canadiens will be desperate for a win tonight, having lost the last five games, with their last win coming against the Jets on December 23.

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WINNIPEG JETS

Forwards

Kyle Connor - Mark Scheifele - Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers - Blake Wheeler -Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp - Adam Lowry - Mathieu Perreault

Gabriel Bourque - Nick Shore - Mason Appleton

Defence

Josh Morrissey - Tucker Poolman

Luca Sbisa - Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto - Sami Niku

Goalies

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Injuries

F Bryan Little, D Dmitry Kulikov, F Mark Letestu, D Nathan Beaulieu, D Dustin Byfuglien (suspended)

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Forwards

Tomas Tatar - Phillip Danault - Nick Cousins

Artturi Lehkonen - Max Domi - Nick Suzuki

Ryan Poehling - Jesperi Kotkaniemi - Jordan Weal

Lukas Vejdemo - Nate Thompson - Dale Weise

Defence

Ben Chiarot - Shea Weber

Victor Mete - Jeff Petry

Marco Scandella - Cale Fleury

Goalies

Carey Price

Charlie Lindgren

Injuries

F Brendan Gallagher, F Paul Byron, F Joel Armia, F Jonathan Drouin, F Matthew Peca