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Preview: Jets at Canadiens

Claude Julien to make debut as Montreal coach; Winnipeg continues road trip

by Sean Farrell / Correspondent

JETS (26-29-5) at CANADIENS (31-19-8)

2 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV

Jets team scope

The Winnipeg Jets continue a four-game road trip that began with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. "I think it was a good start for the road trip," forward Patrik Laine said. "One point is better than nothing. I'm proud of every guy who battled out there. I think we played well, and maybe would have deserved to win." Winnipeg, which has three points in two games after losing four straight, did not practice in Montreal on Friday. Earlier in the week, coach Paul Maurice said he was wary of facing the Montreal Canadiens in their first game under new coach Claude Julien, who replaced Michel Therrien on Tuesday. "I wish we weren't going in on [his] first game," Maurice told the Jets website Wednesday. "I wish it was the second or the third, maybe the last one is always the best one to go in before a guy gets fired."

Canadiens team scope

Julien will make his debut at Bell Centre in Montreal's first game following a five-day break. The four NHL teams that changed coaches this season had immediate success, including the Boston Bruins, who fired Julien on Feb. 7. Boston has won three straight under Bruce Cassidy, including 4-0 against Montreal on Sunday. But teams throughout the NHL have gone 3-8-1 in their first game following their extended break. "I know that teams coming out of the bye week haven't had a lot of success, but I intend to have success [Saturday]," Julien said Friday after running his first practice. Julien moved center Alex Galchenyuk back to the top line with left wing Max Pacioretty and right wing Alexander Radulov, replacing Phillip Danault, who practiced on the third line. Center Tomas Plekanec moved up to the second line between right wing Brendan Gallagher and left wing Artturi Lehkonen. "I don't want to change everything," Julien said. "I'm just making slight adjustments. These guys have a brand-new opportunity here. The players will appreciate that. I'll try some things, and if it doesn't work then we'll adjust accordingly."

Jets projected lineup

Mathieu Perreault -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Blake Wheeler

Shawn Matthias -- Adam Lowry -- Joel Armia

Chris Thorburn -- Nic Petan -- Drew Stafford

Ben Chiarot -- Dustin Byfuglien

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Mark Stuart -- Paul Postma

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Julian Melchiori

Injured: Ondrej Pavelec (concussion), Toby Enstrom (lower body), Andrew Copp (upper body), Marko Dano (lower body)

Canadiens projected lineup

Max Pacioretty -- Alex Galchenyuk -- Alexander Radulov

Paul Byron -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw

Sven Andrighetto -- Torrey Mitchell -- Brian Flynn

Alexei Emelin -- Shea Weber

Andrei Markov -- Jeff Petry

Nathan Beaulieu -- Nikita Nesterov

Carey Price

Al Montoya

Scratched: Greg Pateryn, David Desharnais, Michael McCarron

Injured: None

Status report

Enstrom was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Sunday. He had surgery to repair a lower-body injury Thursday and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. ... McCarron was recalled from St. John's of the American Hockey League on Friday.

Who's hot

Laine has four goals in the past two games. … Scheifele has five assists in the past two games. ... Pacioretty has six points in his past three games (three goals, three assists).

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