Montoya to start for Jets against Price, Canadiensby Arpon Basu
MONTREAL – Backup Al Montoya will start in goal for the Winnipeg Jets when they face the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday at Bell Centre.
Montoya's only start in the Jets' past 11 games was a 35-save effort in a 3-1 victory on the road against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Carey Price will start in goal for a second straight day for the Canadiens, who will complete their traditional set of matinees on Super Bowl weekend after a 2-1 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.
Michael Bournival missed the game Saturday with a virus but will return against the Jets. George Parros will be scratched for the Canadiens, leaving rookie Christian Thomas to take his spot on the fourth line after playing 8:16 in his Canadiens debut on Saturday.
Another change for the Canadiens will be Daniel Briere playing left wing on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta. Briere started the game Saturday centering the fourth line, but finished it with Plekanec and Gionta and wound up scoring the game-tying goal in the third period. Briere has two goals and an assist in 16:20 of total ice time in his past two games.
Here is what the lineup could look like Sunday:
Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Michael Frolik
Chris Thorburn - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler
Devin Setoguchi - Olli Jokinen - Dustin Byfuglien
Eric Tangradi - James Wright - Anthony Peluso
Zach Bogosian - Tobias Enstrom
Scratched: Eric O'Dell, Zach Redmond
Injured: Grant Clitsome (back), Matt Halischuk (forearm), Evander Kane (hand), Jim Slater (sports hernia)
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Brendan Gallagher
Daniel Briere – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Rene Bourque – Lars Eller – Brandon Prust
Travis Moen – Michael Bournival – Christian Thomas
Douglas Murray – Nathan Beaulieu
Scratched: George Parros, Francis Bouillon, Raphael Diaz
Injured: Alex Galchenyuk (hand), Davis Drewiske (shoulder), Ryan White (upper body)