Game Thread: Habs hope for some Holiday Cheer vs. Jets
WARM-UP UPDATE: Carey Price in goal. Lars Eller and P.K. Subban are out. Yannick Weber and Alexei Emelin will play tonight.
"It has nothing to do with age. Minus-4 in the past two games, it just can't happen - not when you're playing 25 or 26 minutes a night. You've got to be better. It's as simple as that really. I know that I have to be better. I can't cost my team and I've cost them two games in a row." - P.K. Subban
So will we see the same Montreal Canadiens team this that beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-1 in the season opener, or will we se the one that fell to the Chicago Blackhawks, by the same score, last night?
Pre-game audio of Mike Cammalleri, Travis Moen, P.K. Subban and Cunneyworth, courtesy of Illegal Curve.
The Jets are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Islanders, Tuesday night. Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who is is 4-11 in shootouts, spoke on his teams lack of offense following Wednesday's practice.
Ron Hainsey and Jets coach Claude Noel come to the defence of Randy Cunneyworth.
Has the retooling process begun? Michael Bournival has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Habs. The breakdown, per Renaud Lavoie, is the typical $1.8 million over term, with a $270,000 signing bonus. $600,000 in bonuses are also in the deal.
MONTREAL CANADIENS PROJECTED LINEUP
Mike Cammalleri - Tomas Plekanec - Travis Moen
Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole
Andrei Kostitsyn - Louis Leblanc - Mike Blunden
Mathieu Darche - Petteri Nokelainen - Yannick Weber
Alexei Emelin - Josh Gorges
Tomas Kaberle - Rafael Diaz
Carey Price - Peter Budaj
WINNIPEG JETS PROJECTED LINEUP
Evander Kane - Alex Burmistrov - Blake Wheeler
Andrew Ladd - Nik Antropov - Kyle Wellwood
Tanner Glass - Jim Slater - Antti Miettinen
Eric Fehr - Tim Stapleton - Chris Thorburn
Dustin Byfuglien - Tobias Enstrom
Ron Hainsey - Johnny Oduya
Ondrej Pavelec - Chris Mason
SBN Jets talk at Arctic Ice Hockey