A win today would see the Canadiens leapfrog Toronto and jump out of the wildcard and into a real playoff spot, but a loss combined with a Detroit win would see them just 3 points from being out of the playoffs entirely.
Winnipeg have been much improved since the long awaited sacking of Claude Noel, with Paul Maurice leading them to a 7-3-0 record in their last ten games. However they're still six points out of a playoff spot in the West and desperate to get there.
The Habs are 7-1-0 all time against Winnipeg, outscoring them 30-14, with the only loss coming in a game where Randy Cunneyworth scratched both Subban and Eller. In the 7 games including those players, Montreal has outscored Winnipeg 30-10.
Puck drop is at 1:00 PM at the Bell Centre.
Here are your projected lineups:
|Daniel Briere||Tomas Plekanec||Brian Gionta|
|Max Pacioretty||David Desharnais||Brendan Gallagher|
|Rene Bourque||Lars Eller||Christian Thomas|
|Travis Moen||Brandon Prust||George Parros|
|Josh Gorges||P.K. Subban|
|Andrei Markov||Alexei Emelin|
|Douglas Murray||Nathan Beaulieu|
As for Winnipeg:
|Andrew Ladd||Bryan Little||Michael Frolik|
|Chris Thorburn||Mark Scheifele||Blake Wheeler|
|Devin Setoguchi||Olli Jokinen||Dustin Byfuglien|
|Eric Tangradi||James Wright||Anthony Peluso|
|Zach Bogosian||Tobias Enstrom|
|Mark Stuart||Jacob Trouba|
|Adam Pardy||Keaton Ellerby|
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