WINNIPEG - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Monday night's matchup against the Jets at Bell MTS Place.
1. After winning in Vancouver and Calgary, the Canadiens came up short in Edmonton on Saturday night. Claude Julien's troops were edged out 4-3 by the Oilers, who were led offensively by the dynamic duo of captain Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Despite rallying to erase 2-0 and 3-2 deficits, Julien wasn't at all pleased with the five minor penalties his players took during the encounter. That repeatedly zapped any momentum they were establishing and really played right into the Oilers' hands. Jeff Petry, Phillip Danault and Max Domi scored for Montreal. Domi's goal, in particular, was an absolute beauty. He capped a remarkable solo effort with his eighth goal of the season. It was Oilers centerman Riley Sheahan who put Edmonton ahead for good with 12:12 remaining in regulation.
2. Monday's game will mark the return of defenseman Ben Chiarot to his former hockey home. Chiarot played 305 regular-season games for Winnipeg over six seasons before signing with the Canadiens during the summer. No doubt Jets fans will show him some love and appreciation. The 28-year-old blueliner has been a welcome addition to the Habs for the 2019-20 campaign. Along with his four goals, 12 points and plus-10 differential, Chiarot has logged huge minutes and formed a strong partnership with captain Shea Weber on the back end.
3. Julien confirmed that defenseman Victor Mete will return to the Canadiens' lineup on Monday night. He will play alongside Cale Fleury. Mete has missed the last 10 games with an ankle injury suffered against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 30. No doubt the 21-year-old blueliner is chomping at the bit to see game action again after spending the last three weeks on the sidelines.
4. On Saturday afternoon, the Jets snapped a two-game losing skid with a 6-0 thrashing of the Wild in Minnesota. Head coach Paul Maurice's squad scored twice in the first, once in the second, and another three times in the third period in the win. Captain Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assist to become the Jets' all-time points leader with 616 points as a member of the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise, surpassing Ilya Kovalchuk. Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves to earn the shutout. Centerman Mark Scheifele leads the Jets in scoring with 37 points (17g, 20a) on the year, while right-winger Patrik Laine ranks second in that department with 34 points (13g, 21a). Left-winger Kyle Connor sits third with 32 points (14g, 18a).
5. Puck drop on Monday night is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on TSN2, TSN3 and RDS, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm. Following the contest, the Canadiens will return home for a three-day break before hitting the road again on Friday to begin another three-game road trip versus Tampa Bay (December 28), Florida (December 29) and Carolina (December 31).