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MHT_UnderTheSun

MHT: Under The Sun – June 17th, 2014

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Join Corey Collard and Nick Murdocco, along with Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz and Coach K, as they discuss a multitude of subjects, including:

  • The Stanley Cup Final
  • Michel Therrien’s contract extension
  • Dale Weise’s 2 year contract
  • Andrei Markov’s contract negotiations
  • Potential “realistic” cap friendly trades that the Montreal Canadiens may be interested in, as submitted by our listeners.

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Habs Vs Jets

Match-Up:

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.

Who’s Out:

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.

What Else:

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.

The Question Mark:

We want to hear from you: Which NHL rink, past or present, would you most want to watch a game in?

Have your say by leaving a comment below or use the #MTLHockey hashtag to let us know on Twitter.

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Welcome to the Wild, Wild West.

The Jets finally got what they wanted, a better travel schedule and relocation to the western conference.

Winnipeg will rely heavily on its ability to play well on home ice. The Jets have a lot of pieces that work for them but to compete in a full schedule against the teams in the division who have more pieces and are slightly ahead in significant areas will be a daunting task.

Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler are going to slot into the top line. It’s a question of who will be centering them.Right now Bryan Little gets the role by default, since Oli Jokinen did not manage to perform up to par last season. It would be nice for Mark Scheifle to get his chance to shine. He clearly has gotten past the junior game; he finished the year in the playoffs by destroying opponents defense with 41pts in 21gp. It’s expected he will make that jump this year, he can use the NHL experience and can learn and adapt to what is expected of the top 10 selection. A comeback story could be Devin Setoguchi who will be given top 6 minutes and power play time on a lightly talented forward group. The rest of the Winnipeg roster has a few pieces from teams that can help retool but having finished the power-play and penalty kill at 30th and 24th respectively hardly bodes confidence for the squad moving forward.

On Defense the Jets have the pieces necessary to move forward. They have good puck movers and a few good shut down men. Dustin Byfuglien has one of the heaviest shots in the league. When Tobias Enstrom went down and only appeared in 22 games he still managed 15 points, his role will be essential in how the power play finishes. If paired with a solid defensive minded player he can create space for the team without being worried of turnovers hurting them. Zach Bogosian is 23 years old but this former 1st rounder does it all for the Jets and locking him up was a must. He has quickly become an all-around defenseman and plays in nearly every role logging 23minutes a night. NHL hopeful Jacob Trouba spent one season playing at Michigan finishing 3rd in points and led all D by 9pts. He signed with the club and while there’s a good chance he plays in the AHL he could push the coaching staff to bring him on board if he manages to make a splash at training camp. Anything is possible for the 19 year old.

Goaltending for the Jets has been steady. Ondrej Pavelec is not getting much help from the team in front of him but to be a competitive team night in and night out he will need to improve on his 2.80 goals against average and save % bordering the .900 mark. If the defense is able to limit the quality chances he’ll be facing, in an equally offensive division, they might be able to adjust, since they did see a lot of time against Stamkos and Ovechkin in the south-east.

The Jets are not in a better place now than they were last season. The opposition in last year’s south-east is arguably weaker compared to the teams they’ll compete with in the Central. For one they will play the Defending Champions, and a St-Louis team on the cusp of contention and the battle for the 3 spot and the wild card. The Jets are missing that big piece in the puzzle, a piece whose name might be announced at next year’s draft.

 

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Join our host Steven Hindle as he welcomes Nick Mudocco, Rob Elbaz, and Corey Collard to preview the tilt between the Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets. Someone’s winning streak will end tonight.

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