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Canadiens @ Jets: Game preview, start time, Tale of the Tape, and how to watch

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After a loss on Saturday, the Canadiens can still make their road trip successful with a third win on Monday night.

Montreal Canadiens v Winnipeg Jets

Montreal Canadiens @ Winnipeg Jets

How to watch

Start time: 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Jets region: TSN3, TSN Direct
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live

Two wins to open the current road trip ensured that the Montreal Canadiens would at least break even on the four-game journey. They had a great chance to make it a successful one just three games in on Saturday night, playing an Edmonton Oilers team that was seeing its advantage slipping in the Western Conference standings. A hesitant decision by coach Dave Tippett to put all his eggs in one basket proved to be the difference on the night, as newly reunited teammates Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl connected on the game’s opening goal and then a power-play marker later on.

Despite those two goals, Montreal was still in good enough position for the win. They had overcome a two-goal deificit and then pulled even after the Oilers had made it 3-2. Some poor decisions with the puck and unnecessary penalties doomed them the rest of the way, with the worst perhaps being a much too aggressive shift in the offensive zone as they tried for the 4-3 goal, only to give it up on an odd-man rush the other way instead. It was a game reminiscent of the match versus the New Jersey Devils on November 28, in which Montreal seemed to be doing everything they could to make life easy on the opposition.

The Habs can’t let that become the first game of another long losing streak. They’ve been putting plenty of strong performances together since the start of December, and should be able to get back to that style of play when they take on the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

Tale of the Tape

Canadiens Statistic Jets
Canadiens Statistic Jets
17-13-6 Record 21-13-2
2-0-0 H2H Record (18-19) 0-2-0
53.9% (2nd) Corsi-for pct. 49.1% (22nd)
3.14 (12th) Goals per game 3.03 (17th)
3.17 (22nd) Goals against per game 2.78 (9th)
22.1% (8th) PP% 18.1% (17th)
75.4% (27th) PK% 73.8% (30th)
W-L-W-W-L Form L-W-L-L-W

Montreal swept the season series a year ago, posting two wins in the second half of the season, and you have to go back to the 2017 for their last regulation loss.

On February 7, 2018, the Canadiens went down a goal early — a feature of this current road trip that has seen the Habs trail in each game — before storming back with five consecutive goals. That was a big game for Jonathan Drouin as he scored Montreal’s first two goals and added assists on two others. It stands as one of the two four-point games the forward has had with Montreal, with the second coming less that three weeks later. Phillip Danault also had four points that night, serving as Drouin’s centre.

In late March when the playoffs were still a (faint) possibility, Montreal responded with a critical 3-1 victory to keep their chances alive. An indication of just how much the Habs needed the game, they peppered Connor Hellebuyck with 43 shots while allowing just 24.

A high shot total is possible for Montreal in this game as well; the Jets are giving up the sixth-most shots on goal in the league this season, and the third-most high-danger chances per 60 minutes of five-on-five time.

The play of Hellebuyck has been the difference this year. After the worst year of his NHL career a season ago, he’s now holding a .926 save percentage in 2019-20. No goaltender has played more than his 30 games, 28 of them starts, and no netminder has faced more shots or made more saves.

That hefty workload may be starting to take its toll. Before his shutout performance on Saturday in Minnesota, he’d gone five games with a save percentage no higher than .906. He will surely be looking forward to the holiday break to get some rest, and Montreal may be able to take advantage of his fatigue to keep their success versus his club going.

Montreal has been playing short-handed for several weeks now, but they could be getting an early Christmas present with the return of Victor Mete. In Mete’s absence, Claude Julien has tried half a dozen of the depth option the organization had stashed either in the press box or in the AHL, with no one able to seize the third-pairing role for the entirety of Mete’s absence. The decision could still be to leave the young defender out and extend his recovery period through the holiday break, but his return would surely help stabilize a unit that began to show some cracks versus Edmonton on Saturday.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen Max Domi Joel Armia
Nick Cousins Nick Suzuki Jordan Weal
Ryan Poehling Nate Thompson Riley Barber

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Victor Mete Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak Cale Fleury

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Charlie Lindgren

Winnipeg Jets projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Kyle Connor Mark Scheifele Patrik Laine
Nikolaj Ehlers Blake Wheeler Jack Roslovic
Gabriel Bourque Adam Lowry Mason Appleton
Jansen Harkins Nick Shore Logan Shaw

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Josh Morrissey Tucker Poolman
Luca Sbisa Neal Pionk
Nathan Beaulieu Anthony Bitetto

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Connor Hellebuyck
Laurent Brossoit