The Canadiens (3-2-0) wrap up their Canadian road trip when they face the Jets (3-3-0) in Winnipeg Tuesday night. The game starts at 8:00 Eastern and airs on RDS and TSN-Habs.
The Habs and Jets meet twice the season, with Montreal playing host to Winnipeg later in the season on Superbowl Sunday. Last year the Canadiens swept the 3-game season series, scoring 4 goals in each win. Since their return to Winnipeg in 2011, the Jets have won just 1 of 7 games against the Habs.
What’s at Stake:
With back-to-back victories in Edmonton and Vancouver the Habs are in the midst of their first winning streak of the season. They’ll be looking to extend that streak to three games in Winnipeg.
What to Watch:
Carey Price turned in a monstrous performance in Vancouver on Saturday, making 39 saves on 40 shots to earn his second victory and his second first star this season.
PK Subban is making an early case for a second straight Norris trophy win. The 24-year old leads all defensemen with 7 points and boasts an impressive +5 rating through 5 games.
The Jets snapped their 3-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Devils on Sunday. It was back-up Al Montoya’s first appearance of the season, the back-up goalie made 24 saves in the shutout bid. Evander Kane tallied his second and third goals of the season, he’s up to 5 points on the year. Defensemen Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom lead the Jets in points with 6 each, all assists.
After missing Saturday’s game in Vancouver, captain Brian Gionta will return to the Habs’ lineup in Winnipeg. That leaves George Parros (concussion), Alexei Emelin (knee), Douglas Murray (upper body) and Davis Drewicke (shoulder) on the sidelines.
Forward Chris Thorburn has missed Winnipeg’s last three games with a lower body injury, there’s no word yet whether he’ll be ready to play on Tuesday.
This year, the Jets are finally in the Western Conference where they belong. In their first two seasons back in Winnipeg, the Jets missed the playoffs both times, finishing 9th in the East last year. Home ice has been a big advantage for Winnipeg, they went 36-23-6 at home in the last two years but were 25-33-7 on the road.
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