NHL Hockey

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Winnipeg 2 1 1 1 5
Montreal 0 1 3 0 4
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET23:30 GMT7:30 4:30 PM MST6:30 PM EST3:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ETNaN:� BRT, April 3, 2018
Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec  Attendance: 21,302

Jets hope to continue mastery of Habs

Winnipeg Jets at Montreal Canadiens

  1. The Jets won, 6-5, last night at Ottawa. It was Winnipeg's second straight win and eighth in its last nine games (8-1-0). The Jets have allowed six power-play goals in their last four games, including two last night against the Senators.
  2. The Canadiens lost, 2-1, versus the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. Montreal has scored a power-play goal in a season-high four straight games. This is the longest such streak since the Canadiens scored a PPG in five straight games from January 4-12, 2017.
  3. The only other meeting this season between the Jets and Canadiens was November 4 at Winnipeg. The Canadiens won, 5-4, in overtime and six of the nine goals were scored with the man advantage. It was one of just two games in the NHL this season where each team scored 3+ PPG. The other was the NY Islanders at Washington on March 16.
  4. Blake Wheeler scored two goals and was named first-star of the game on Monday in Ottawa. Wheeler has scored at least one point in nine of his last 10 games (12 points total), and he has a +8 plus/minus in his last nine games.
  5. Monday was the ninth time this season that the Jets have scored 6+ goals, and interestingly, it was the third time in those nine games that leading-goal scorer Patrik Laine was held without a point. Laine also went pointless in the Jets 7-1 win over Pittsburgh on October 29 and in their 7-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on November 27.
  6. Daniel Carr scored the lone goal for Montreal on Sunday versus New Jersey. It was Carr's fifth goal of the season, and first since February 15 at Arizona.

The Winnipeg Jets will be looking to continue their mastery of Atlantic Division opponents Tuesday when they play the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.

The Jets, who clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs March 25, are 9-3-3 against the Atlantic Division this season after their 6-5 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday at Canadian Tire Centre.

Winnipeg has won eight straight games against the Atlantic Division and is riding a 10-game point streak (8-0-2) that dates to Dec. 7.

The Jets (49-20-10) will close out a four-game road trip against the Canadiens before returning home to complete their regular-season schedule against the Calgary Flames (Thursday) and the Chicago Blackhawks (Saturday).

Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler, who had two goals against Ottawa, leads the Jets with 37 points (10 goals, 27 assists) in 31 games against the Eastern Conference this season.

The Jets will be looking to clean up a messy performance against the Senators that saw them lead 3-0 before the game was 12 minutes old only to see the Senators keep clawing back into the game.

The Senators took advantage of a six-on-three advantage (they pulled goaltender Craig Anderson for another attacker) to get a power-play goal from Matt Duchene with 1:05 left in the third to make it 6-5.

"A six-on-three, that's the first one I've seen in the NHL," Wheeler said. "That's obviously difficult. Luckily, we had a two-goal lead."

Winnipeg forward Andrew Copp chipped in a goal and an assist and said hanging on for the win will help the Jets down the stretch.

"It was a good start for us, but we probably didn't stay on it as much as we wanted to," Copp said. "We didn't stay as engaged as we needed to. It was kind of a ping-pong game almost, not a lot of clean plays made, a lot of sloppiness, but it was huge that we can find a way to win those games, too."

The Canadiens are closing the home portion of their 2017-18 schedule and go into the game against the Jets with an 18-14-8 record at Bell Centre.

If Canadiens goaltender Carey Price gets the start, he will set a franchise record by playing in his 557th game. Price tied legend Jacques Plante in Montreal's 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday with 556 appearances in the Canadiens' legendary red, white and blue sweater.

"I'm a little disappointed with the loss, but I'm definitely proud of reaching that level," Price told the Montreal Gazette. "It's a legendary name and to be spoken of in the same breath is pretty cool."

"It's quite a feat," Canadiens coach Claude Julien told The Gazette. "He's been here for a long time and played a lot of games, and I think the players were extremely proud and probably disappointed we couldn't win that important game for him. Nonetheless, they gave their best."

One of the bright spots in this lost season for the Canadiens has been the play of rookie defenseman Noah Juulsen, who will play his 21st NHL game against the Jets.

Juulsen, who turned 21 Monday, was the No. 26 pick in the 2015 draft. The stay-at-home defenseman has topped 20 minutes in ice time in two of his past three games, including 20:22 against the Devils with 6:28 on the penalty kill.

"At this time of year, we're looking to evaluate more than we're looking necessarily to win the game," Julien said. "We want our guys to benefit from that. (Juulsen's) doing a good job at that. We have a lot of young guys who are gaining some valuable experience from this tough stretch we're going through. It's going to pay off down the road."

Updated April 2, 2018

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