WINNIPEG - After coming up short in a 6-3 loss to the Wild on Thursday, the Canadiens will attempt to get back in the win column when they face off against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday at Bell MTS Place.
They'll have to do so without the services of number-one goalie Carey Price. The team announced that the 30-year-old would not face the Jets after sustaining a minor lower-body injury. Price did not practice with the team on Friday, and the Canadiens recalled goaltender Charlie Lindgren as a precautionary measure and he'll serve as Al Montoya's backup against Winnipeg.
Montoya, who helped the Canadiens to an 8-3 win over the Senators on Monday night in Ottawa, will be between the pipes to take on his former team. The Chicago native has a 2-1-0-0 career record against Winnipeg, with a 3.82 goals-against average and .867 save percentage.
On Thursday, the Habs got offensive contributions from Brendan Gallagher (twice) and Andrew Shaw, but could not overcome the three-goal deficit they had accumulated by the end of the first period against Minnesota.
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Last season, the Canadiens split their two-game season series with the Jets, winning 7-4 on January 11 and falling 3-1 just over a month later.
As for the Jets, they currently sit in second place in the Central division with 16 points. Winnipeg has won its last three games, and only has one regulation loss in the last 10 games.
Mark Scheifele (7G, 8 A) and Blake Wheeler (4G, 11A) lead the Jets in points with 15 apiece. Scheifele scored the second hat trick of his career in a 5-2 win over Dallas on Thursday.
Head coach Paul Maurice has announced his starter this morning and it will be Connor Hellebuyck. He has started five of his team's last six games, going 4-0-1 in the process.
Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on Sportsnet and TVA Sports, and will be on the radio on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm.