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Game Thread: Habs hope for some Holiday Cheer vs. Jets

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WARM-UP UPDATE: Carey Price in goal. Lars Eller and P.K. Subban are out. Yannick Weber and Alexei Emelin will play tonight.

"It has nothing to do with age. Minus-4 in the past two games, it just can't happen - not when you're playing 25 or 26 minutes a night. You've got to be better. It's as simple as that really. I know that I have to be better. I can't cost my team and I've cost them two games in a row." - P.K. Subban

So will we see the same Montreal Canadiens team this that beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-1 in the season opener, or will we se the one that fell to the Chicago Blackhawks, by the same score, last night?

Pre-game audio of Mike Cammalleri, Travis Moen, P.K. Subban and Cunneyworth, courtesy of Illegal Curve.

The Jets are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Islanders, Tuesday night. Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who is is 4-11 in shootouts, spoke on his teams lack of offense following Wednesday's practice.

Ron Hainsey and Jets coach Claude Noel come to the defence of Randy Cunneyworth.

Has the retooling process begun? Michael Bournival has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Habs. The breakdown, per Renaud Lavoie, is the typical $1.8 million over term, with a $270,000 signing bonus. $600,000 in bonuses are also in the deal.


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MONTREAL CANADIENS PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Mike Cammalleri - Tomas Plekanec - Travis Moen

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole

Andrei Kostitsyn - Louis Leblanc - Mike Blunden

Mathieu Darche - Petteri Nokelainen - Yannick Weber

Defensemen

Alexei Emelin - Josh Gorges

Hal Gill - Chris Campoli

Tomas Kaberle - Rafael Diaz

Goalies

Carey Price - Peter Budaj


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WINNIPEG JETS PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Evander Kane - Alex Burmistrov - Blake Wheeler

Andrew Ladd - Nik Antropov - Kyle Wellwood

Tanner Glass - Jim Slater - Antti Miettinen

Eric Fehr - Tim Stapleton - Chris Thorburn

Defence Pairings

Dustin Byfuglien - Tobias Enstrom

Mark Stuart - Zach Bogosian

Ron Hainsey - Johnny Oduya

Goalies

Ondrej Pavelec - Chris Mason

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