Armia could be back, Montembeault in goal
WINNIPEG – The Montreal Canadiens could welcome the striker’s return to play Joel Armia against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; RDS, TSN2, TSN3, NHL LIVE).
Armia has missed the last four games with a facial injury he sustained in the game against the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 17.
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The Canadians (13-33-7) will be looking for a sixth straight win.
“The Jets know it, they won’t take us lightly,” said coach Martin St-Louis during a press briefing in Winnipeg on Tuesday noon. “The more you win, the less you are taken lightly. For us, the challenge is growing. It gives us more responsibility every game, and I like that. I want to see if we can continue to grow as a team as the challenges get bigger. »
The coach mentioned that he will call on Samuel Montembeault in goal. Connor Hellebuyck will be his counterpart.
This will be the first match for the CH striker Jake Evans against the Jets since being the victim of the charge of Mark Scheifele in the playoffs last year. Evans had suffered a concussion from Scheifele’s hard check when Evans lodged the puck in the empty net late in Game 1 of the second-round series.
Scheifele had been suspended for four games for his gesture. He could not play again because the Habs had liquidated the Jets in four games.
Scheifele told reporters in Winnipeg not to expect retaliation from Evans and other Canadiens players because that’s history. He still said he was ready to defend himself if Evans attacked him, a highly unlikely scenario.
« The best revenge was to win the series, » said Evans to close the debate, Tuesday noon.
The Jets (23-21-9) have an interest in staying focused on hockey, as they are lagging in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Central Division.
With 55 points, they are six points behind second-place No. 4 in the Western Conference.
The Jets ended a four-game winless streak (0-3-1) on Sunday by narrowly beating the Arizona Coyotes with a three-goal push in the third period.
This is the first duel of two on the calendar between the two teams this season. The Jets will be at the Bell Center on April 11.
Planned formation of the Jets
Paul Stastny — Mark Scheifele — Blake Wheeler
Kyle Connor — Pierre-Luc Dubois — Evgeny Svechnikov
Andrew Copp — Adam Lowry — Austin Pogansky
Jansen Harkins — Dominic Toninato — Kristian Vesalainen
Josh Morrissey — Dylan DeMelo
Brenden Dillon — Neal Pionk
Nathan Beaulieu — Nate Schmidt
Entrenched : Logan Stanley, Adam Brooks
Wounded : Nikolaj Ehlers (knee), Cole Perfetti (upper body), Kristian Reichel (undisclosed)
Scheduled Training Canadians
Cole Caufield — Nick Suzuki — Josh Anderson
Mike Hoffman — Laurent Dauphin — Brendan Gallagher
Rem Pitlick — Jake Evans — Mathieu Perreault
Joel Armia — Ryan Poehling — Artturi Lehkonen
Brett Kulak — Jeff Petry
Ben Chiarot — Alexander Romanov
Kale Clague — Chris Wideman
Entrenched : Cedric Paquette, Corey Schueneman, Michael Pezzetta
Wounded : Jake Allen (lower body), Christian Dvorak (upper body), David Savard (peg), Jonathan Drouin (wrist), Joel Edmundson (back), Carey Price (knee), Paul Byron (undisclosed)