WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets' home-heavy December slate continues tonight at the MTS Centre when the Montreal Canadiens visit.
The Jets, 6-2-1 this month, will play for the 10th time at home over their past 11 games tonight in the first of back-to-back home dates this week. Though the Jets have beaten the likes of the Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild at home this month, they also dropped a 3-2 shootout decision on Tuesday night to a New York Islanders club that ranked 14th in the Eastern Conference entering the game.
"We're going to have to play a solid 60-minute game," Jets coach Claude Noel said. "We're going to have to get to [Montreal starting goaltender Carey] Price. We're going to have to get way more traffic at the net. We're going to have to get more shots through to the net."
The Jets will again go without first-line center Bryan Little, who will miss his second consecutive game with a lower-body injury.
Ondrej Pavelec will again start in net for Winnipeg, his 29th start of the season.
"Energy's going to be a huge part of the game tonight," Pavelec said. "We have to play right away and all 60 minutes. It's going to be about us. How are we going to show up, and how are we going to play?"
Here are the projected lines and pairings for Winnipeg:
Evander Kane - Alexander Burmistrov - Blake Wheeler
Andrew Ladd - Nik Antropov - Kyle Wellwood
Tanner Glass - Jim Slater - Antti Miettinen
Chris Thorburn - Tim Stapleton - Eric Fehr
Mark Stuart - Zach Bogosian
Dustin Byfuglien - Tobias Enstrom
Ron Hainsey - Johnny Oduya