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Game Day - Jets - November 11

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

- The Canadiens held an optional morning skate at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Tuesday ahead of their game against the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell Centre. It is the first of two meetings between the two teams during the 2014-15 campaign. The Habs will be looking for a third straight victory.

- Forward Max Pacioretty and defensemen Andrei Markov, Tom Gilbert, Alexei Emelin and P.K. Subban were the only players who did not take to the ice on Tuesday morning.

- On Tuesday night, the Canadiens will feature the same lineup that went up against the Minnesota Wild last Saturday.

- After being called up from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday evening, forward Drayson Bowman took part in Tuesday’s on-ice session sporting No. 38.

- Based on the way the Jets have played as of late, the Canadiens know full well that Tuesday night’s tilt will be anything but a walk in the park. Winnipeg is 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, and they’re among the stingiest teams in the NHL, ranking sixth in goals against per game. With that in mind, the Canadiens will be looking for the same type of offensive outburst they were able to generate against the Wild last weekend, while minimizing potentially costly errors at both ends of the rink.

“As the game went on [against the Wild], I think we were able to dictate the pace of play, and that will be important against Winnipeg. They’re a team that’s been playing really well lately. They don’t give up a lot. They find ways to win. They’re pretty similar to us in that sense, low scoring, and they’ve been able to find ways to win hockey games,” offered Brendan Gallagher, who snapped a nine-game goalless drought last Saturday night. “It should be a good game. We’re definitely going to have to make sure that we’re playing well and not making any mistakes.”

Dale Weise shared similar thoughts ahead of the matchup against his hometown team.

“They don’t give many goals and we don’t score very many. That’s a tough matchup,” cracked Weise, who has four assists through 12 games this season. “I think we’ve just got to worry about ourselves sometimes. We found a way to score goals last game. We’ve got to do much of the same. Thirty-plus shots are what we’ll be looking to get.”

- The Canadiens’ power play hasn’t lived up to expectations thus far this season, having produced just three goals on the year. In fact, it currently ranks 28th in the NHL, just ahead of the Minnesota Wild and the Buffalo Sabres, clicking only 7.7 percent of the time. It’s also worth noting, however, that the Canadiens rank second-to-last with just 39 power play opportunities through 15 games in 2014-15.

“We haven’t really had many chances to get our man advantage going. We only had one opportunity last game,” mentioned David Desharnais, who should be centering a line with Max Pacioretty and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau on Tuesday night. “We’re working on our power play, and we’re hoping that we’ll break through soon.”

- Having combined forces to put up six points as a unit against the Wild, Lars Eller, Brandon Prust and Jiri Sekac should be reunited against the Jets.

“We want to keep going from where we left off last game. I think there are a lot of good things, and there’s no reason to think that we can’t do the same thing again,” stressed Eller, who has registered two game-winning goals this season. “It’s just been the whole line working together as a unit, helping each other out and making each other look good by being in the right places and taking hits for each other. It’s all about working together.”

- Carey Price will get the start in goal for the Canadiens. He boasts an 11-4-3 record, a .922 save percentage and a 2.24 goals-against average in 19 appearances against the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchises. For their part, Winnipeg should counter with Ondrej Pavelec.

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST, and the game will be broadcast on TSN3, RDS and Sportsnet East.

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