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With no margin for error, the Canadiens head into the home arena of one of the NHL’s top teams.

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

Montreal Canadiens @ Winnipeg Jets

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet E/W/P/360, Sportsnet Now, CityTV (English), TVA Sports (French)
Elsewhere: NHL.tv / Rogers NHL Live

A loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets threw a wrench into the Montreal Canadiens’ post-season plans on Thursday night. With a shot at growing their lead in the wild-card race to four points, it instead dropped to zero, placing Montreal at a disadvantage with one less game to play.

That result is in the past, however, and all Montreal can do is focus on their upcoming games and seeing where they stand once the dust settles.

The first contest will be played at Bell MTS Place against the Winnipeg Jets. The Canadiens will be without their star rookie for the game, as Jesperi Kotkaniemi is a scratch, with his place on the third line taken by Jordan Weal. Matthew Peca draws into the lineup for the first time in over a month to fill the empty spot.

On the other side, Winnipeg’s lineup gets a big addition with the return of Dustin Byfuglien after six weeks on the sidelines. The Jets will hope he can solidify the defensive game that has been wavering this season, while Montreal hopes the defenceman will be dealing with some rust in his first game back as they desperately need the two points.

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 Andrew Shaw
Jonathan Drouin Jordan Weal Joel Armia
Nicolas Deslauriers Nate Thompson Matthew Peca

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Shea Weber
Brett Kulak Jeff Petry
Jordie Benn Christian Folin

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

Winnipeg Jets projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Nikolaj Ehlers Mark Scheifele Blake Wheeler
Kyle Connor Kevin Hayes Patrik Laine
Brandon Tanev Adam Lowry Bryan Little
Matt Hendricks Andrew Copp Mathieu Perreault

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Nathan Beaulieu Dustin Byfuglien
Dmitry Kulikov Jacob Trouba
Ben Chiarot Tyler Myers

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Connor Hellebuyck
Eric Comrie