Game Preview: Canadiens (30-29-6) vs. Jets (26-32-5)
TV: TVAS, SN 7:00 p.m.
The Canadiens close out their four-game Western Conference road trip with a Saturday night contest against the Jets in Winnipeg.
On Thursday night in Los Angeles, a late third period goal from Lars Eller would narrow the Kings lead to 3-2, but the Pacific Division leading Kings would eventually hold on to earn their 38th victory of the season. Defense partners P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov both chipped in with two points apiece in the loss.
At the morning skate, Alex Galchenyuk was featured at center on a line with Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher. Meanwhile, it appears that Sven Andrighetto will be back in the Canadiens' lineup after being a healthy scratch against Los Angeles.
In the Jets camp, the team is hoping Saturday night’s match-up against the Habs will help them forget their frustrating 4-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday night. As the Jets held a late third-period lead only to watch Anders Lee tie the game up with just 29 seconds remaining, before Kyle Okposo sealed the victory for the Islanders in overtime.
In the Canadiens crease, netminder Mike Condon is expected back in goal after Ben Scrivens got the call on Thursday night against Los Angeles. The rookie defeated the Jets in his first career start against Winnipeg earlier this season.
The Jets, meanwhile, will counter with Ondrej Pavelec between the pipes.
The Habs hold the edge in the season series after picking up a 5-1 victory in their first and only match-up against the Jets back on November 1, 2015.