Which Jets will we see against Canadiens?

- October 15th, 2013

The Winnipeg Jets (3-3) will attempt to build on Sunday’s 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils, the Montreal Canadiens (3-2) continue a Western swing and are sure to have a bit of support in the crowd at MTS Centre on Tuesday night as well.

Much of the discussion this morning was about whether or not the Jets would be able to channel the same physical brand of hockey they played on Sunday (a topic I focused on in my pre-game web story).

The other subject was about how the Canadiens have handled the Jets since they returned to the NHL, a subject that seemed to annoy both clubs.

“We’ve found ways to lose against Montreal,” said Jets head coach Claude Noel. “We all remember the opening-night one here (in 2011). One game there, we were up going into the third and we gave up one or two power-play goals. They’re a skilled team that can hurt you. You’ve got to check and be able to defend with that lineup they have. They’ve found a way to beat us.

“I don’t know if there’s a magical formula. We’re not looking back and saying, ‘geez we have trouble with these guys.’ We’re ready to go.”

Over to you, Evander Kane.

“We’re aware of it, but we don’t really read too much into it,” said Kane.

Here’s a sample of what the Canadiens had to same about the same subject.

“That’s a tough question, we’re just focusing on our game,” said Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien.

“I don’t know if we’ve had our way (with the Jets). We’ve been on the positive side of some results,” added Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher. “They’re a good hockey team, they play hard and do a lot of good things. It’s not worrying about the past, it’s worrying about tonight and what we need to do to win.”

Back to Kane for a minute, who gave a funny answer when asked about the recent line juggling that brought him to the Jets’ top unit with Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler.

“I’ve been doing line juggling for 264 games,” said Kane, making light of the fact he’s had a host of linemates during his career as he prepares for his 268th NHL contest. “I’ve played with (Little) and (Wheeler) for about 50 or 60 games. They’re easy to play with.”

As for the lineups, the Jets are staying with the same line combos and D pairings (which means Paul Postma stays in and Grant Clitsome and Anthony Peluso are the healthy scratches). Meanwhile, the Habs have Brandon product Ryan White in the lineup and he’s excited for his first NHL game in his home province and to have his grandma among those in the crowd.

After watching the celebration of Josh Gorges’ grandma in Vancouver during Saturday’s game against the Canucks, I asked White if his grandma had her celebration ready?

White laughed and said “That’s a tough one to top. Gorges’ grandma was pretty excited. We’ll see. I have to to get her one first.”

Here’s how the two teams are expected to start the game:

Jets

Evander Kane-Bryan Little-Blake Wheeler
Andrew Ladd-Mark Scheifele-Devin Setoguchi
Eric Tangradi-Olli Jokinen-Michael Frolik
James Wright-Jim Slater-Matt Halischuk

Toby Enstrom-Dustin Byfuglien
Zach Bogosian-Jacob Trouba
Mark Stuart-Paul Postma

Ondrej Pavelec (Al Monotya)

Canadiens

Alex Galchenyuk-Toms Plekanec-Brendan Gallagher
Max Pacioretty-Lars Eller-Brian Gionta
Rene Bourque-David Desharnais-Brandon Prust
Travis Moen-Ryan White-Danny Briere

Andrei Markov-P.K. Subban
Josh Gorges-Raphael Diaz
Nathan Beaulieu-Francis Bouillon

Carey Price (Peter Budaj)

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