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JNGD.S8.G54 Flight Plan: Byfuglien Back As Jets Begin Road Trip In Montreal

Big Buff is back in action tonight but Josh Morrissey is out as the Jets are taking on the Canadiens in Montreal.

It’s been a long time coming for Byfuglien who has been out since December 29th with an ankle injury. He will be rearing to go as the Jets faceoff against the Canadiens for the first time this season. It’s the start of a three game road trip for Winnipeg who move on to face the Senators on Saturday before playing back to back against the Sabres on Sunday.

Just as the Jets get one top defenseman back, they lose another as Josh Morrissey will sit after blocking a shot and leaving the game against San Jose on Tuesday night. Morrissey remains day-to-day and likely will play Saturday in Ottawa.

Winnipeg Jets (30-14-2)
@
Montreal Canadiens (30-18-6)

February 7, 2019 – Puck drop: 6:30 PM CST
Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
TV: TSN 3 – Radio: TSN 1290

VS SJS: 3-2 LOSS Last Game VS ANA: 4-1 WIN
3-1-1 (1 L) Last 5 Games 3-1-1 (2 W)
MARK SCHEIFELE – 26 Goal Leader BRENDAN GALLAGHER – 21
BLAKE WHEELER – 54 Assist Leader MAX DOMI – 30
BLAKE WHEELER – 65 Points Leader MAX DOMI – 47
26.80% (4TH) The Power Play 12.90% (31ST)
80.70% (13TH) The Penalty Kill 78.70% (22ND)
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
(24-14-2 / .910 SV%)
Starting Goalie CAREY PRICE
(22-13-4 / .916 SV%)
L VS SJS (35-38 / .921 SV%) Last Goalie Start W VS ANA (24-25) / (.960 SV%)
14-10-0 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 16-10-3 AT HOME

Canadiens Player To Watch

#40 Joel Armia – Right Wing

While there are other players more electrifying than Armia, being a former Jet, he will have something to prove to the team that traded him away last year. It’s been a solid year for Armia who is on pace for new career highs in nearly every offensive category. While Armia is certainly having a solid season, he’s getting a great opportunity on a Canadiens team that lacks depth. He has been playing nearly 17 minutes per game and is getting a better opportunity to showcase his offensive ability. Playing former teams always give some extra motivation so Armia will be the one to keep an eye on during this game.

Last Canadiens Game

The Canadiens were winners in their last game as they thumped the Ducks 4-1. This is no surprise given the Ducks’ horrendous run as of late. The Canadiens used a strong first period to coast the rest of the way and win the game with relative ease.

Canadiens Notes

Jets Player To Watch

#33 Dustin Byfuglien  – Defense

Is there any question about who to watch for the Winnipeg Jets? Clearly not as Byfuglien is back on the ice for the first time in over a month. He will be a welcome addition to the blueline, especially after Morrissey went down after blocking a shot against the Sharks. Byfuglien is a vital piece of the Jets roster and his presence will likely provide a boost to the team. His impact will hopefully be felt on the powerplay where the top unit has gone cold over the past few weeks. As the playoff races are starting to heat up, it’s important that the Jets start getting healthy again. Having Byfuglien back is the first step towards getting the roster back to it’s optimal deployment.

Last Jets Game

It was a tough finish for the Jets who got scored on in overtime while on a man-advantage. This was a back and forth game that saw both teams dominate at various points in the game. In the end, it was Pavelski who was able to net the winner on a two on one after the Jets turned the puck over on the powerplay.

Jets Notes

  • From the Winnipeg Sun: ‘Lemieux Cleaning Up His Act
  • As some Jets are getting healthy, others are going down with the injury bug lately. Josh Morrissey left the game against the Sharks and is currently listed as day to day. Bryan Little was also questionable to play against the Sharks although he did wind up playing the entire game. With Buff back and Ehlers returning soon, the Jets are hoping they can stay out of the sick bay for as long as possible.
  • Patrik Laine continues to be a hot topic in Winnipeg as he still can’t find the back of the net. He was visibly upset after missing multiple cross ice one-timers while on the powerplay against the Sharks. It seems that the coaching staff are going to let him play through it and it seems that he just needs to get lucky to get back on track.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

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Montreal Canadiens Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Jonathan Drouin
JONATHAN DROUIN

Rating: 75.8#48 LW

Phillip Danault
PHILLIP DANAULT

Rating: 75.2#51 C

Brendan Gallagher
BRENDAN GALLAGHER

Rating: 77.1#24 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.02#25 FL1
Charles Hudon
CHARLES HUDON

Rating: 71.6#90 LW

Max Domi
MAX DOMI

Rating: 75.0#52 C

Matthew Peca
MATTHEW PECA

Rating: 70.9#95 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.50#29 FL2
Artturi Lehkonen
ARTTURI LEHKONEN

Rating: 74.0#42 LW

Jesperi Kotkaniemi
JESPERI KOTKANIEMI

Rating: 74.1#65 C

Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA

Rating: 73.1#65 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.73#5 FL3
Kenny Agostino
KENNY AGOSTINO

Rating: 71.5#93 LW

Michael Chaput
MICHAEL CHAPUT

Rating: 68.2#182 C

Nicolas Deslauriers
NICOLAS DESLAURIERS

Rating: 69.6#116 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.76#27 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Victor Mete
VICTOR METE

Rating: 73.3#47 LD

Shea Weber
SHEA WEBER

Rating: 80.0#9 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.64#13 DL1
Mike Reilly
MIKE REILLY

Rating: 72.1#74 LD

Jeff Petry
JEFF PETRY

Rating: 78.4#18 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.26#5 DL2
Brett Kulak
BRETT KULAK

Rating: 72.4#69 LD

Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN

Rating: 72.7#63 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.56#11 DL3
GOALIES
Carey Price
CAREY PRICE

Rating: 71.6#39 G1

Antti Niemi
ANTTI NIEMI

Rating: 67.6#60 G2

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 78.1#15 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 84.7#5 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 80.6#8 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 81.13#5 FL1
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 78.7#14 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 75.3#50 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 71.9#80 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.29#13 FL2
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 72.1#109 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 72.2#104 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 70.8#100 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.67#21 FL3
Brendan Lemieux
BRENDAN LEMIEUX

Rating: 73.6#49 LW

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 72.6#94 C

Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON

Rating: 73.7#51 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 73.34#1 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 70.3#113 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 77.7#19 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.45#14 DL1
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.7#79 LD


DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 74.4#36 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.08#16 DL2
Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 71.0#84 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.65#26 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 74.4#21 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 69.0#51 G2