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Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Attendance: 21,105
Jets try to continue dominant stretch against Canadiens
Winnipeg Jets at Montreal Canadiens
- The Jets are 6-1-0 in their last seven games versus the Canadiens and 10-3-0 in their last 13 games against them, including a 3-2 overtime victory in Winnipeg this season (Nov. 3).
- The Jets have allowed two or fewer goals in 25 games this season, third most in the NHL, behind the Bruins (28) and Stars (27).
- Pierre-Luc Dubois became the third Winnipeg player with 20 or more goals this season when he opened the scoring in the Jets' 2-1 win over Arizona on Sunday (Mark Scheifele: 26 goals, Kyle Connor: 21). The only other NHL teams with three or more 20-goal scorers this season are the Oilers (four) and Maple Leafs (three).
- Blake Wheeler's game-winning goal on Sunday was his fifth this season and 40th since he was acquired by the Jets in February 2011. That ties him with Ilya Kovalchuk for the second most game-winning goals in franchise history, behind Kyle Connor (42).
- The Canadiens, who beat the Rangers, 2-1, at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, have not won consecutive games since Nov. 23-25 (3-1 at Columbus, 3-2 at Chicago via a shootout). Every other NHL team has won consecutive games at least once since then.
- Cole Caufield has scored a league-high 23.2% of his team's goals this season (26/112). Five other NHL players have scored at least 20% of their team's goals: Mikko Rantanen (22.7%), Connor McDavid (22.6%), David Pastrnak (21.3%), Bo Horvat (20.5%), Alex Ovechkin (20.3%).
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The Winnipeg Jets will try to extend a three-game win streak when they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.
The Jets have been rolling lately, having won eight of their past nine games, and currently sit on top of the Central Division with 59 points and have the Western Conference's best points percentage at .670.
Winnipeg extended its current winning streak with a 2-1 victory against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday at home.
Pierre-Luc Dubois and Blake Wheeler scored, while goalie Connor Hellebuyck was nearly perfect with 20 saves on 21 shots for his 22nd win of the season.
"Goals are great but there's a lot of ways you can contribute," Dubois said. "For myself personally, goals are always fun to score, I'm not going to complain, but I want to be even more than that.
"I think we had ups and downs during the game. Our goal is to always play a 60-minute game. ... I thought at times tonight we did a good job, at times tonight we kind of fell off. We want to play really aggressive, but we also want to be on top of teams."
Montreal is on the other end of the league standings and entered Tuesday second-to-last in the Eastern Conference.
The Canadiens have a 3-7-0 record in their last 10 games and have a minus-46 goal differential this season.
Montreal is coming off a win, though, after beating the New York Rangers 2-1 on Sunday.
Cole Caufield scored a go-ahead goal in the third period, his 26th of the season, and Sam Montembault made 38 saves to help Montreal escape New York with a victory.
Montembault has been the Canadiens' surprise ace in net over the past week. He started both games of a back-to-back in New York and all four games in the past week as he turned away 150 of 159 shots for a .943 save percentage during that stretch.
"There was an opportunity for him tonight, and obviously he seized it," Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis said. "He was a big player for us tonight. I thought we played hard in front of him. Obviously, he has to correct the last mistakes we made, and they brought a lot of shots."
St. Louis was particularly happy with his team after the victory, even if the shots favored the Rangers.
"I felt from start to finish we were very engaged physically, mentally," St. Louis said. "It's one of those games where you're coming into this building, they're 13-2-2 in their last 17, they've been waiting for you. The game is at 5, a quick turnaround, we're on a back-to-back, our injuries, it seemed like before the puck dropped you have an uphill battle.
"I just felt we came in tonight and we didn't focus on all of the excuses we had to not give it our all. Just a gutsy win. By no means was it perfect, but the engagement was an all-time high for our team this season."
--Field Level Media
Updated January 16, 2023