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The Canadiens are set to play their first game with Claude Julien behind the bench for begin a second stint.

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Montréal Canadiens will try to show what they are truly made of as they play their first game with Claude Julien as their new (again) head coach. Directing his first practice with the team on Friday, he made his expectations clear from the get-go, as he focused plentifully on defensive-zone coverage; something that the Canadiens were having trouble with all season long.

He also put Alex Galchenyuk back on the top line along with Max Pacioretty and Alex Radulov, giving the young centre his opportunity to go back to his early-season form. Additionally, Julien tried to find balance with the rest of the three forward lines, with David Desharnais being the odd man out.

The Canadiens will be welcoming the Winnipeg Jets, who are barely clinging on to their playoff hopes. They are five points out of the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference, but have fewer games remaining to make them up than any other team in the league. They've lost five out of their last six games, so they will have a similar level of motivation going into this game.

How to watch

Puck drop: 2 PM EST / 11 AM PST
In Canada: CBC & SN (English), TVAS (French)
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecenter Live, NHL Center Ice

Montréal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Jonathan Drouin Alex Galchenyuk
Artturi Lehkonen Tomas Plekanec Ales Hemsky
Paul Byron Phillip Danault Andrew Shaw
Charles Hudon Jacob de la Rose Brendan Gallagher

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Shea Weber
Karl Alzner Jeff Petry
Joe Morrow Jordie Benn

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Sven Andrighetto, David Desharnais , Greg Pateryn

Winnipeg Jets projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Evander Kane Jack Eichel Jason Pominville
Benoit Pouliot Ryan O'Reilly Kyle Okposo
Zemgus Girgensons Sam Reinhart Seth Griffith
Johan Larsson Jacob Josefson Jordan Nolan

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Nathan Beaulieu Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella Matt Tennyson
Jake McCabe Viktor Antipin

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Robin Lehner
Chad Johnson

Injured: Tyler Myers, Tobias Enstrom, Marko Dano, Ondrej Pavelec