How to watch
Start time: 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2 (English), RDS Sports (French)
In the Jets region: TSN3
In the US: NHL Network
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live
Saturday night’s overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins was a tough one. Not only did it extend the Canadiens’ losing streak to five, Artturi Lehkonen found the back of the net — twice — and all he got in return was one point.
On the plus side, one point is better than none, Carey Price was on, Max Domi continues to ride his point streak (which has now reached nine games) and, of course, Lehky goals. But a win would be nice.
Brandon Tanev’s overtime goal, that somehow slipped past Price in a pileup in front of the net, was challenged. After the whistle blew, Price remained in his net expecting the goal to be overturned for goaltender interference since his stick was knocked out of his hand and he was pushed back into his net. After review, the goal stood and the Canadiens were left with yet another loss.
Tale of the Tape
|3.14 (12th)||Goals per game||3.05 (16th)|
|3.21 (23rd)||Goals against per game||3.05 (15th)|
|22.1% (11th)||PP%||20.5% (12th)|
|76.8% (25th)||PK%||71.6% (31st)|
Winnipeg isn’t faring much better than Montreal since their return from the holiday break, winning just one of their last five contests. Their overtime loss on Saturday against the Minnesota Wild almost mirrors that of the Canadiens after a questionable conclusion on Eric Staal’s game-winning goal that resulted in a 3-2 victory. Even though head coach Paul Maurice is convinced there was “goaltender interference all day long,” the challenge didn’t go their way.
However, unlike the Canadiens, the Jets are still managing to hang within striking distance of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The Canadiens have much more work cut out for them to enter that race in the East.
Even though the top line of Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele, and Patrik Laine account for 15 of the Jets last 25 goals, Laine, who’s currently third on the team with 40 points, didn’t show up for Saturday’s game. He had no shots on goal and only registered one attempt. He’ll probably want to have more of an impact tonight since the Jets have gone 4-12-1 in Montreal.
This will be the final matchup between these two teams this season, and both are desperate for these two important points.
Looking to fill some holes that have been left by injuries to top players Jonathan Drouin, Paul Byron, Joel Armia, and Brendan Gallagher, and to get some help on the blue line, Marc Bergevin went on a shopping spree last week to acquire Marco Scandella, Ilya Kovalchuk and Andrew Sturtz (who has been assigned to Laval). I didn’t say it was a crazy shopping spree.
Scandella made his debut on Saturday night, teamed up with Cale Fleury, and logged 15:40 of ice time. Kovalchuk was still working on getting his visa straightened out, so we could see him suit up for the first time as a Hab tonight.
The first game of the season between these two teams was the last one before the Christmas break on December 23, and the Canadiens came away with a 6-2 victory. It also happens to be the last time the Canadiens got in the win column.