Game Preview by Sam Gerber, Staff Writer
Last game: MIN 6  MTL 3

For the Canadiens, it was a game to forget against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

For a complete recap: Gallagher Lone Bright Spot As Habs Dominated in MN

Players to watch

  • Mark Scheifele
    Scheifele has become a point per game player and is tied for the team lead in points. Tomas Plekanec’s line will likely get the tough assignment trying to shutdown Scheifele, fresh off a hat-trick in his last game.
  • Jonathan Drouin
    Drouin has been neutralized 5-on-5 in a majority of contests this season, with just two goals and four assists in 13 games. Drouin will have a tough matchup against the Jets but it will be a good test to see if he can rise to the challenge and own the center of the ice.
  •  Patrik Laine 
    Only in his second season, Laine has proved to have one of the top shots in the NHL. If the Habs give him space and open looks, he will make them pay.
  •  Brendan Gallagher
    Gallagher has proved all season there is no quit in him. It was a typical strong Gallagher game in Minnesota with two goals. 

Keys to Victory

  • Get the first goal
    The Canadiens can’t afford to give the Jets an early lead. Winnipeg scores in bunches and can bury the Habs in the first if they fail to score first.
  • Forecheck, forecheck
    The forecheck has been the Habs best part of their game. They need to capitalize on chances generated by their hard work on the boards.
  • Expect a physical game
    The Jets are big, strong and physical. The Canadiens need to be prepared to take a hot to make a play.
Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB | November 4, 7:00 PM ET | TV: SN, TVA

2017-18 statistics

16 (9th) Points (rank) 9 (30th)
7-3-2 Record 4-8-1
4-2-0 Home/Away 2-6-0
7-1-2 Last 10 3-6-1
3.17 GF/G 2.54
2.83 GA/G 3.92
17.5 PP% 13.5
80.5 PK% 76.1
 45.94 (29th)  CF%  54.41 (3rd)
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Connor – Scheifele – Wheeler
Ehlers – Little – Laine
Tanev – Copp – Matthias
Lemieux – Hendricks – Armia
Lehkonen – Drouin – Byron
Pacioretty – Danault – Shaw
Hudon – Plekanec – Gallagher 
Galchenyuk – McCarron – Mitchell
Morrissey – Trouba
Enstrom – Byfuglien
Kulikov – Myers
Mete – Weber
Alzner – Benn
Davidson – Petry
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Dano, Chiarot
Injured: Lowry, Perreault
Scratched: De La Rose, Morrow
Injured: Hemsky, Schlemko, Scherbak, Price
Connor Hellebuyck Al Montoya
Record: 7-0-1
GAA: 1.92
Sv%: .938
SO: 0
Alternate: Steve Mason
Record: 1-1-0
GAA: 3.77
Sv%: .873
SO: 0
Alternate: Charlie Lindgren
 What to Expect
The Habs are having a hard time keeping the puck out of the net but should compete much better than they did against the Wild. The Jets physical play can take control of the game and will lead to a lot of opportunities.

Prediction: Canadiens 6  Jets 4

If the Canadiens can take fans out of the game early, they have a chance to win.

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