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JN Flight Plan 43: Winnipeg Jets At Montreal Canadiens

Things are about to get a lot busier for the Winnipeg jets over the next few days. Tonight’s game in Montreal kicks off a stretch of three games in four nights. It’s the first of two times they play three games in four nights before the all-star/player break later this month.

Winnipeg Jets (22-16-3 / 4th Central)
@
Montreal Canadiens (18-17-7 / 6th Atlantic)

Jan 6, 2020 – Puck drop: 6:00 PM CST
Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
TV: TSN 3 – Radio: TSN 1290

@ MIN 3-2 OTL Last Game vs PIT 3-2 OTL
1-2-2 (1 OTL) Last 5 Games  0-4-1 (1 OTL)
Kyle Connor – 21 Goal Leader Tomas Tatar  – 16
Mark Scheifele  – 28 Assist Leader Domi / Danault – 20
MARK SCHEIFELE – 48 Points Leader Tomas Tatar – 35
20.47% (12th) The Power Play 22.12% (10th)
71.70% (31st) The Penalty Kill 76.80% (24th)
Connor Hellebuyck
(18-12-4 / .919 SV%)
Starting Goalie Carey Price
(16-14-4 / .902 SV%)
OTL @ MIN (41-44 / .932 SV%) Last Goalie Start OTL vs PIT (34-37 / .919 SV%)
12-7-2 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 8-9-4 AT HOME

Last Canadiens Game

The Canadiens game up a one goal lead early in the third period and needed to lean on the goaltending for Carey price to at least get them into overtime where they ultimately failed, dropping a 3-2 OT loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fun Habs Facts…

  • Max Domi is on a nine game point streak. On December 29 at Florida, Domi became the first player in franchise history to record a goal streak of at least five games with each contest taking place on the road;
  • In 42 games so far this season, the Canadiens have tallied 25 goals in 113 power plays. After 42 contests last season, they had scored 18 goals in 138 power play opportunities.
  • Phillip Danault has a career record against the Jets of more than a point per game (5-4-9 in 7 games played).

What They’re Saying…

Expectations were high going into the tournament, not only on Caufield himself but also on Team USA. The quarter-final loss to Finland was nothing but a disappointment, and Caufiled had not much to show for the tournament: one goal and one assist.

The goal, a game-winner against the hosts in overtime, was the highlight. In Caufield’s defence, it was more the coaching and his utilization over the tournament that was suspect, however he didn’t really show a lot with the time he did get.

Grading the Canadiens prospects’ World Junior Championship performances – Habs Eyes On The Prize

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Last Jets Game

The Jets not only had to battle the Minnesota Wild, but also questionable officiating and at least got a point out of what as overall a disappointing 3-2 overtime loss to division rival Minnesota.

Fun Jets Facts…

  • Winnipeg is 12-7-2 on the road this season. Winnipeg’s 26 points earned in road games is tied for fifth in the NHL.
  • The Jets can earn points in consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 8-10 with a win tonight, however, the Jets have lost back-to-back games in regulation just once during that 11-game stretch.
  • Mark Scheifele has multiple points in three consecutive games which helped him earn a second star of the week nod earlier today. His eight points (3G, 5A) in the past trio of contests has vaulted him into 12th in NHL scoring with 48 points (20G, 28A) in 42 games.

What We’re Saying…

Also possibly making his return to the Jets lineup tonight is one Andrew Copp who was seen in a regular practice jersey on Sunday. He’s been out of the lineup since December 17.

As for the Canadiens, they might have Ilya Kovalchuk making his Montreal debut tonight as well as he was seen in his first practice with the Habs on Sunday, although Claude Julien wouldn’t commit just then to Kovy being in the lineup. While Winnipeg fans never saw him play for the hometown club, up until a couple of weeks ago he held the record for most points in Jets/Thrashers franchise history.

WTWF: Jets Road-trip Continues In La Belle Province


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You can also get up to the minute lineup combos for the Jets
including power play and penalty kill lines by checking out our line combo page.

Montreal Canadiens Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Tomas Tatar
TOMAS TATAR

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Rating: 77.0#16 LW

Phillip Danault
PHILLIP DANAULT

Rating: 75.6#35 C

Ilya Kovalchuk
ILYA KOVALCHUK

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Rating: 72.3#73 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.99#20 FL1
Artturi Lehkonen
ARTTURI LEHKONEN

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Rating: 72.3#80 LW

Max Domi
MAX DOMI

Rating: 76.4#24 C

Nick Suzuki
NICK SUZUKI
FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.37#13 FL2
Ryan Poehling
RYAN POEHLING

Rating: 73.0#67 LW

Jesperi Kotkaniemi
JESPERI KOTKANIEMI

Rating: 71.5#108 C

Nick Cousins
NICK COUSINS

Rating: 71.5#92 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.02#13 FL3
Jordan Weal
JORDAN WEAL

Rating: 71.2#117 LW

Nate Thompson
NATE THOMPSON

Rating: 69.6#165 C

Dale Weise
DALE WEISE

Rating: 69.1#135 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.95#24 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 74.1#32 LD

Shea Weber
SHEA WEBER

Rating: 77.9#6 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.95#7 DL1
Marco Scandella
MARCO SCANDELLA

Rating: 71.7#91 LD

Jeff Petry
JEFF PETRY

Rating: 77.4#8 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.58#5 DL2
Victor Mete
VICTOR METE

Rating: 72.6#72 LD

Cale Fleury
CALE FLEURY

Rating: 72.2#65 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.41#12 DL3
GOALIES
Carey Price
CAREY PRICE

Rating: 65.8#49 G1

Charlie Lindgren
CHARLIE LINDGREN

Rating: 68.3#29 G2

 

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 79.0#9 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 79.5#14 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 75.4#27 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.95#6 FL1
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 74.6#33 LW

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 75.4#25 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 70.6#107 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.53#22 FL2
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 73.3#55 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 70.2#154 C

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 70.4#109 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.31#22 FL3
Gabriel Bourque
GABRIEL BOURQUE

Rating: 68.5#135 LW

Nick Shore
NICK SHORE

Rating: 70.8#135 C

Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON

Rating: 70.2#116 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.83#27 FL4

Winnipeg Jets Lines

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 73.8#39 LD

Tucker Poolman
TUCKER POOLMAN

Rating: 71.3#87 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.55#26 DL1
Luca Sbisa
LUCA SBISA

Rating: 71.0#106 LD

Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK

Rating: 73.4#39 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.20#29 DL2
Sami Niku
SAMI NIKU

Rating: 71.9#86 LD

Anthony Bitetto
ANTHONY BITETTO

Rating: 69.4#103 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.63#30 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 70.9#13 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 65.5#51 G2