The Montreal Canadiens
arrived in Winnipeg a reeling club as they prepare to meet the Jets.
Lugging a four-game losing streak and a controversial coaching change, the Canadiens (13-15-7) have slipped to 12th place in the Eastern Conference and are in the midst of a six-game road trip. The last time the Canadiens were in Winnipeg was in October for the Jets' season-opener at the MTS Centre. That afternoon, the Canadiens spoiled the event for Jets fans in handing Winnipeg a 5-1 defeat.
After a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks
, new interim coach Randy Cunneyworth
is 0-3 behind the Montreal bench since taking over for Jacques Martin.
Injury woes also plague the Canadiens. The Canadiens had 236 man-games lost in the 2010-11 season, but already have lost 179 man-games just 35 games into this season. Brian Gionta
and Scott Gomez
are both out with lower-body injuries, and defenseman Andrei Markov
(knee) has yet to play this season.
will start for the Canadiens. Price made 31 saves against the Jets in the game on Oct. 9.
Here are the projected lines and pairings for Montreal:
- David Desharnais
- Erik Cole
- Tomas Plekanec
- Travis Moen
- Lars Eller
- Louis Leblanc
- Petteri Nokelainen
- Mike Blunden
- P.K. Subban
- Raphael Diaz
- Chris Campoli