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Canadiens @ Jets Round 2 Game 2: Game thread, rosters, lines, and how to watch

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Montreal aims to leave Winnipeg with a 2-0 series edge.

Winnipeg Jets v Montreal Canadiens - Game One Photo by David Lipnowski/Getty Images

2021 North Division Final Game 2

Montreal Canadiens @ Winnipeg Jets

MTL leads 1-0

How to watch

Start time: 7:30 PM EDT / 4:30 PM PDT
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the U.S.: USA
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live, Sportsnet Now

One game into the second-round series, both teams are forced to make lineup changes because of injuries. The Winnipeg Jets will be without top-pairing defenceman Dylan DeMelo, and Montreal is missing Jake Evans after a vicious, suspension-worthy hit at the end of the first game. We won’t feel much pity for the Jets also having to forge ahead without top centre and alternate captain Mark Scheifele after he was the one to deliver the blow.

Montreal just needs to do more of what they managed in the first game. The Jets’ defence isn’t going to improve over what it offered up for the opening contest with one of its steadiest blue-liners out of action, so the open looks Montreal enjoyed in the game will still be there tonight. You need look only at the Habs’ penalty-killing efficiency to see that they no longer suffer that same problem, with a defence that has tightened up around the net even with a goalie sporting a .928 save percentage behind it. Taking unnecessary penalties expecting to flaunt that four-on-five play is a bad idea, however, given the quality of talent Winnipeg still has to work with on the man advantage.

We should expect to see a more representative performance from Connor Hellebuyck tonight. He held the Edmonton Oilers to fewer than two goals per game in the opening round, so Montreal’s four-goal outburst versus the 2020 Vezina Trophy-winner will probably be an outlier in the series. As long as the Habs stay committed to a relentless four-line attack, even his best performance may not be enough to limit the damage.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Artturi Lehkonen Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Tyler Toffoli Nick Suzuki Cole Caufield
Paul Byron Jesperi Kotkaniemi Josh Anderson
Joel Armia Eric Staal Corey Perry

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Joel Edmundson Jeff Petry
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Brett Kulak Erik Gustafsson

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Carey Price Jake Allen

Scratches

F: Alex Belzile, Laurent Dauphin, Michael Frolik, Tomas Tatar, Lukas Vejdemo, Jesse Ylönen
D: Cale Fleury, Otto Leskinen, Xavier Ouellet, Alexander Romanov
G: Charlie Lindgren, Michael McNiven, Cayden Primeau

Injured/Ill

F: Jonathan Drouin (leave of absence), Jake Evans (concussion)
D: Jon Merrill

Winnipeg Jets projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Kyle Connor Pierre-Luc Dubois Blake Wheeler
Mathieu Perreault Andrew Copp Nikolaj Ehlers
Kristian Vesalainen Adam Lowry Mason Appleton
Jansen Harkins Nate Thompson Trevor Lewis

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Josh Morrissey Tucker Poolman
Derek Forbort Neal Pionk
Logan Stanley Jordie Benn

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Connor Hellebuyck Laurent Brossoit