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Game Preview: Jets @ Canadiens

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (10-2-0) vs. JETS (7-3-1)

TV: RDS, NHLN-US, SN - 7:00 pm.

Following a three game road trip across Western Canada, the Canadiens return home to the Bell Centre where they will host the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night.

Michel Therrien’s troops produced a hard fought victory in their most recent game against the Flames, after opening the road trip with losses against the Canucks and Oilers.

The Canadiens 6-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night was a night of firsts. Dale Weise scored his first career NHL hat trick, in his 270th career game, while Paul Byron, Devante Smith-Pelly and Nathan Beaulieu all registered their first goals of the 2015-2016 season.

In just his second game in a Canadiens uniform, and more importantly his first game against his former club the Calgary Flames, speedy winger Paul Byron netted a goal and added an assist in 14:35 of ice time.

Rookie goaltender Mike Condon extended his career-opening win streak to three games with a strong 30-save performance, earning him the second star of the night.

In the visitor’s camp, the Winnipeg Jets played a Halloween matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets, winning 3-2 in Ohio courtesy of goals from Bryan Little, Andrew Copp and Blake Wheeler. Last season, the Jets were anything but spooked by the Jackets, outscoring Columbus 8-2 and sweeping the season series 2-0.

The Jets are scheduled to play eight of their next nine games on the road.

With Ondrej Pavelec getting the start in goal in Columbus on Saturday night, head coach Paul Maurice may opt to go with Michael Hutchinson between the pipes against the Canadiens. In the scoring department, Jets’ winger Blake Wheeler has tallied points in nine out of his last 10 games, for a total of 12 points in that span.

After backstopping the team to its 10th win of the season on Friday, Condon should be back in goal for the Habs against the Jets. Carey Price is sidelined with a lower body injury and Dustin Tokarski was recalled from the AHL's St. John's IceCaps on Sunday.

In 2014-2015, the two teams split the season series evenly with both games going the way of the home team.

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