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GAME #53

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The Misery Continues …

Super Sunday, February 5th, 2012

2:00PM EST

at the Bell Centre.

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Just a quick start today.

The Habs are playing their 2nd game in as many days, facing the Jets 2.0, in an attempt to staunch the bleeding and keep the flickering flames of playoff hopes alive.

Sunday afternoon will be the final game between these 2 struggling teams until next season. The Canadiens are 2-1-0 and can clinch the series with a regulation victory or any extra time result, for whatever that's worth. :unsure:

Season results:

Oct. 10 - 5-1 W

Dec. 22 – 4-0 L

Jan. 4 – 7-3 W

History

Habs v. Jets 2.0

Regular Season Game #48

Habs record: 29-11-2

These 2 franchises have never met in the post-season.

GO HABS GO!

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GO GIANTS!

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Big Story: If Winnipeg hopes to climb the ladder in the Eastern Conference playoff race, it must do with consistency something it has struggled to do all season: win away from home. The Jets will look to finish a six-game road swing at .500 in Montreal, where the Canadiens have given the Bell Centre faithful little to cheer about, losing three straight to drop 11 points out of the last playoff berth.

Team Scope:

Jets: Winnipeg's road woes are due in large part to offensive struggles. The Jets have scored two goals or fewer in nine of their last 11 games, losing seven of them. Those frustrations continued Friday in South Florida, where the Panthers couldn't capitalize on consecutive 2-1 wins (Philadelphia, Tampa Bay), losing by the same score to the Panthers. Coach Claude Noel expressed his displeasure with his team, which registered fewer than 25 shots for a fourth straight game.

"Our team right now can't give up 20 minutes of free play and expect you're going to be able to win the game," Noel said. "Do I like the one goal we get every game? No. Would I like to see it change? Yes. Do I coach that way? No. That's what we have, but there's still a way to win the games."

Canadiens: If Winnipeg is suffering from a scoring drought, Montreal is in the midst of a brief but devastating dry spell. After a 3-1-1 stretch leading into the All-Star break - including a 7-2 shelling of League-leading Detroit - Montreal has lost three straight since the restart. Saturday's 3-0 home loss to the Capitals was especially uninspired, as the Habs managed just 12 shots over the final 40 minutes.

"Right now we're working on everybody getting in the right frame of mind," interim coach Randy Cunneyworth said. "We've got two afternoon games here -- and nobody said it's going to be easy, but if we stick together we can battle through this by committee."

Who's Hot: Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec, the likely starter after Chris Mason played Friday, has stopped 57 of 59 shots in winning his past two starts.

Injury Report: For the Jets, center Tim Stapleton (lower body) is day-to-day since tweaking his injury on Jan. 19. Key attacker Evander Kane has been sidelined with a concussion since Jan. 20, which goes some way in explaining the offensive struggles. … For Montreal, Travis Moen (upper body) is day-to-day, while Petteri Nokelainen (upper body), Ryan White (groin), Andrei Markov (ACL surgery), Brian Gionta (right bicep tear) and Michael Blunden (lower body) are all on injured reserve.

Stat Pack: Winnipeg is in a 3-for-31 slump on the power play, and it's unlikely that portion of their slump will end against Montreal. Despite their struggles, the Canadiens are tied for the League lead with a penalty-kill rate of 89.4 percent.

Puck Drop: Friday's loss in Florida brought Winnipeg's record in the final of back-to-backs to 0-9-0. They've been outscored 36-7 in those games, statistics not lost on Jets like center Bryan Little.

"If you're gonna be a good team, you have to learn to win these games," Little said. "We can't use that as an excuse. Every team in the League has to play back-to-back games."

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Winnipeg's big defenceman is back. With Dustin Byfuglien out of the lineup, the Jets averaged nearly a goal less per game.

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Go!!!!!!

Golfffff

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the pregame line on this game is in our favor. gio has the diorama with which to captain the team to victory. bad news for some i suppose but that's the big shew. :lol:

yeah i know he's out. locker room stuff

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Are the Habs going to play today. I haven't seen so many players on one team before with no interested in playing hockey. I mean Gomez why is he even in the line up bury him in the minors .A win would be nice ,but time to think about the high draft choice

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POs or Draft pick.....should I watch this game? <_<

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No more " ARE YOU READY " game intro the rest of the way from me......just does not feel good anymore getting pumped up for these games.:(

But,yea....I'll watch.

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GO PRICE!

Weber in....Diaz out.

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