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Game #5 ~ Jets @ Canadiens. Tuesday, January 29th, 2013.


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Game #5

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

7:30pm

RDS

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Winnipeg Jets (2012-2013: 3-1-1 (5th in Eastern) LAST 10: 3-1-1)

Montreal Canadiens (2012-2013: 3-1-0 (6th in Eastern) LAST 10: 3-1-0)

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Season series: This is the first of three meetings between the clubs, and the first of two scheduled at the Bell Centre. The Jets were one of the few teams the Canadiens played well against last season, taking three of their four meetings and outscoring Winnipeg by a 15-8 margin.

Big story: Both the Jets and Canadiens come into this game riding three-game winning streaks, and they both won their last game in overtime. One of those streaks will be coming to an end.

Team Scope:

Jets: The Jets came away from a two-game homestand with four of a possible four points against the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders, but they didn’t make it easy on themselves.

In both games, the Jets had to erase two-goal deficits, and in the last one against the Islanders, the comeback took place after entering the third period up by a goal.

It’s enough to put a few extra grey hairs on the head of coach Claude Noel.

"It wasn't the way that we would have drawn it up, but we can still get some positives out of the game. It wasn't ideally what we would have liked," Noel said following Sunday’s 5-4 overtime win against the Islanders. "You're going to have those nights and I think that what you have to do is to get a grip on things. It's not the way that we would like to play, and you don't want to do those things, but, hey, that's what you get in these games. The belief system is stronger from that Pittsburgh game."

Canadiens: Montreal is coming off a 4-3 overtime win at home against the New Jersey Devils, a game where they blew a 3-1 third-period lead. For a team that had the NHL’s third-worst winning percentage when leading after two periods last season, coming away with two points was a relief because that was the type of game this team made a habit of losing a year ago.

“That’s a big difference and that’s something we can feed off of,” goaltender Carey Price said after the Devils game. “Obviously we don’t want to give up leads, but at the same time we beared down and found a way to win.”

The Canadiens enter the game as one of the top defensive teams in the NHL, tied for second with 1.75 goals against per game and sixth with 27.5 shots against per game.

Who’s hot: Forwards Evander Kane, Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd and defensemen Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom all enter the game riding three-game point streaks for the Jets. Kane has notched a goal and assist in each of his last three, while Byfuglien and Enstrom have five points apiece over that span … Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov scored the game-winning goal for a third straight game when his overtime winner sunk the Devils. He leads the Canadiens with four goals and five points this season…Price has allowed seven goals on 110 shots this season for a save percentage of .936.

Injury report: The Jets are missing defenseman Zach Bogosian (wrist) and forward Antti Miettinen (upper body), who are both on injured reserve. … The Canadiens are without top line left wing Max Pacioretty (appendicitis) and center Petteri Nokelainen (back), while restricted free agent defenseman P.K. Subban signed a contract on Monday evening, but he will not be dressed for Montreal.

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go Habs go!

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Impressive GDT!

I like the way that we match up with the Jets.

Montreal is really playing as a team this year and seemingly getting better game by game, all that without the top line scoring.

Yes, we blew a 2 goal lead in the third but we found a way to win.

Cole may not be scoring yet but he's wreaking havoc on slow D men and drawing penalties like he did in OT!

This team looks nothing like the one we saw last season, they are exciting to watch and playing super aggressive!

I see 2 PP goals tonight for the Habs and an amazing performance in goal for Price!

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From the Habs site:

•After missing Sunday’s game, Tomas Kaberle will be back on Tuesday night and will take Yannick Weber's spot.

•Andrei Markov will look to score a goal in his fourth straight game against the Jets. The All-Star blue-liner currently leads all NHL defensemen with four goals this season.

•Carey Price will get his fifth consecutive start.

•Evander Kane will attempt to extend his goal streak to four games.

•Two defensemen currently share the Jets scoring lead with Kane, notably Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom with six points apiece.

•Ondrej Pavelec will get the start on Tuesday after being pulled mid-game on Sunday.

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From the Habs site:

•Carey Price will get his fifth consecutive start.

Do we have confirmation who's in net for us tonight? If it's Price, then i'm guessing he'll play both back to back. Can't see them using Budaj against Ottawa.

Sounds like confirmation to me,, <_<:rolleyes::P

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Do we have confirmation who's in net for us tonight? If it's Price, then i'm guessing he'll play both back to back. Can't see them using Budaj against Ottawa.

I'd expect Budaj tomorrow and Price to get both home b2bs next weekend TBH.

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Great GDT as always, Clues!

The Jets always have a chance to win in every game, their young core is impressive. Then again, so is ours. ;) Should be a good one to watch.

Thanks, _93! Nice to see you again.

From TSN:

"Tomas Kaberle is back in after missing Sunday's game against the Devils due to an injury and Yannick Weber sitting out."

Changed an answer in the Predictions thread. :D Thanks for the info, kinot.

Good GDT Clues. I smell a fun game to watch. :D

Thanks, 123! I second that.

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Changed an answer in the Predictions thread. :D Thanks for the info, kinot.

Your welcome, My Fair Lady. :P

<runs to check my answers in the predictions thread >

On edit,,,both UCE, and TBHF123 both picked Weber as well, and "should change" their answers to Question #7 But they don't have to. :rolleyes:

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