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Sputtering Canadiens can end Jets' season

by Patrick Williams

WINNIPEG -- The Montreal Canadiens look to remedy their sputtering play when they visit the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre.

The Canadiens, who have four wins in their past 10 games, have an invitation to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Jets, meanwhile, are clinging to the faintest of postseason hopes.

Montreal coach Michel Therrien will insert rookie defensemen Jarred Tinordi, whom the Canadiens recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League this week, and pair him with veteran Francis Bouillon. Tinordi, whom the Canadiens selected with the 22nd pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, was named the Bulldogs' defenseman of the year along with fellow rookie Nathan Beaulieu. Tinordi will replace Yannick Weber on the Montreal blue line.

Travis Moen will sit out his second consecutive game for the Canadiens, and Ryan White will serve the final game of his five-game NHL suspension.

Jets coach Claude Noel said he will not alter his lineup but could juggle his defensive pairings. The Jets are missing top defensemen Zach Bogosian and Tobias Enstrom. They also remain without centermen Olli Jokinen and Jim Slater.

Montreal's Carey Price will make his seventh consecutive start in goal and face Winnipeg workhorse Ondrej Pavelec, who will close out the Jets' regular season with his 13th straight starting assignment.

Here are the projected lineups for the Canadiens and Jets:


Max PaciorettyDavid DesharnaisBrendan Gallagher

Michael RyderTomas PlekanecBrian Gionta

Alex GalchenyukLars EllerRene Bourque

Brandon PrustGabriel DumontColby Armstrong

P.K. SubbanJosh Gorges

Raphael DiazAndrei Markov

Francis BouillonJarred Tinordi

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Davis Drewiske, Jeff Halpern, Tomas Kaberle, Travis Moen, Yannick Weber, Ryan White (suspended)

Injured: Alexei Emelin (knee)


Andrew LaddBryan LittleBlake Wheeler

Evander KaneNik AntropovJames Wright

Eric TangradiAlexander BurmistrovMike Santorelli

Antti MiettinenAaron GagnonChris Thorburn

Derek MeechDustin Byfuglien

Grant ClitsomeRon Hainsey

Mark StuartPaul Postma

Ondrej Pavelec

Al Montoya

Scratched: Arturs Kulda, Jacob Trouba

Injured: Zach Bogosian (upper body), Tobias Enstrom (upper body), Olli Jokinen (lower body), Anthony Peluso (hand), Zach Redmond (thigh), Jim Slater (hand)

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