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Canadiens at Jets preview

Montoya to start for Montreal with Price out day to day; Winnipeg looks for fourth straight win

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

CANADIENS (4-8-1) at JETS (7-3-2)

7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SN, NHL.TV 


The Game

Goaltender Al Montoya will start for the Montreal Canadiens when they visit the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Saturday. Carey Price, their No. 1 goaltender, is day to day with a minor lower-body injury.

Montreal is looking for its third win in its past four games following a 2-7-1 start.

Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck will make his ninth start of the season for the Jets, who seek their fourth straight victory and are 7-1-2 in their past 10 games. Hellebuyck, 7-0-1 with a 1.92 goals-against average and.938 save percentage, is the first goaltender in Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchise history to earn at least one point in eight consecutive decisions to begin a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.


Players to watch

Canadiens forwards Phillip Danault (two goals, four assists) and Brendan Gallagher (three goals, two assists) each have a three-game point streak.

Jets forward Mark Scheifele has seven points (four goals, three assists) in a three-game point streak.


They said it

"We're looking to rebound here with a good effort. We know this isn't going to be a easy road trip for us and starting off with a loss isn't ideal, but I think we got a good test ahead of us tonight." -- Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher

"There's no off nights in this league, regardless of what the other team's record is, but especially a team that, maybe, the numbers are a little bit misleading right now. They're a better team that what the record shows and if we're not ready for them, it's going to be a tough night." -- Jets forward Blake Wheeler on the Canadiens


Canadiens projected lineup

Artturi Lehkonen -- Jonathan Drouin -- Alex Galchenyuk

Max Pacioretty -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw

Paul Byron -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Charles Hudon -- Michael McCarron -- Torrey Mitchell

Victor Mete -- Shea Weber

Karl Alzner -- Jeff Petry

Brandon Davidson -- Jordie Benn

Al Montoya

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Jacob De La Rose, Joe Morrow

Injured: David Schlemko (hand), Ales Hemsky (upper body), Nikita Scherbak (knee), Carey Price (lower body)


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Brandon Tanev -- Andrew Copp -- Shawn Matthias

Brendan Lemieux -- Matt Hendricks - Joel Armia

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Toby Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Connor Hellebuyck

Steve Mason

Scratched: Marko Dano, Ben Chiarot

Injured: Adam Lowry (upper body), Mathieu Perreault (lower body)


Status report

Lindgren was recalled from Laval of the American Hockey League on Friday. … Lowry will not play Saturday. Jets coach Paul Maurice said Lowry's fitness is not where he would like it to be.


Stat pack 

Weber has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past five games. … Wheeler has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past three games. Laine has three goals in his past seven games after having four points (two goals, two assists) in his first five games of the season.

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