MONTREAL - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Monday night's matchup against the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell Centre.
1. The Canadiens are winless in five games (0-4-1), so getting back on track is the top priority right now. In their most recent outing, Claude Julien's troops suffered a 3-2 overtime defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Left-winger Brandon Tanev scored the game-winning goal at the 1:49 mark of the extra frame. Artturi Lehkonen scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season for Montreal, while Carey Price made 34 saves. With an assist on Lehkonen's first tally, Max Domi became the first Canadiens player to register a point streak of nine or more consecutive games in back-to-back seasons since Vincent Damphousse in 1992-93 (7-12-19 in 12 GP) and 1993-94 (8-11-19 in 10 GP).
2. Ilya Kovalchuk will make his Canadiens debut on Monday night. During the morning skate, Julien featured the Russian sniper on the top line alongside Tomas Tatar and Phillip Danault. Kovalchuk sits just three outings shy of reaching the 900 games played mark for his NHL career. No doubt he'll receive a warm welcome from the Bell Centre faithful when he hits the ice, and fans will be focused on his every move against Winnipeg.
3. Back on December 23, the Canadiens thumped the Jets at Bell MTS Place to close out their Western Canada road trip. Tatar and Danault scored two goals each in a 6-2 victory in Southern Manitoba. It was also defenseman Ben Chiarot's first game against his former team since signing with Montreal over the summer. No doubt Winnipeg will be out to exact some revenge on Monday night.
4. The Jets are currently in the midst of a two-game losing streak. In their most recent outing, Paul Maurice's sqad fell 3-2 in overtime to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center. Centerman Mark Scheifele leads the Jets with 48 points (20g, 28a), while left-winger Kyle Connor ranks second in that department with 41 points (21g, 20a) on the year. Finnish sniper Patrik Laine sits third with 40 points (15g, 25a) thus far this season.
5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can watch the game on TSN2, TSN3 and RDS, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm. To purchase tickets, click here. It also just happens to be Jeff Petry Bobblehead Night presented by Bridgestone, too. Following the game, the Canadiens will travel to Detroit where they'll battle the Red Wings on Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena.