Al Montoya to start for Winnipeg Jets vs Calgary Flames

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The Winnipeg Jets will look to recover from having their four-game winning streak snapped last night as they gear up to take on the Calgary Flames this evening. As the second contest in a back-to-back series, backup goaltender Al Montoya will get the start in place of Ondrej Pavelec, who took a tough 2-1 loss against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

Montoya has only appeared in five games for Winnipeg this season, and is carrying a 2-2-0 record on the year. He hasn’t been in goal since November 6. In that contest Montoya faced the Chicago Blackhawks and allowed four goals.

While the Calgary Flames have surprised some folks around the NHL this season, no one is going to argue and say that they sport the same amount of firepower as the ‘Hawks. Calgary has only won a single game in their last nine, and have dropped six straight.

Calgary’s offense hasn’t totally dried up, but they’ve only managed to score more than two goals once across the last six games. Their last four-goal outing came on November 1 against the Detroit Red Wings. It’s likely that the Jets will go right back to Pavelec after this rare night off against the Flames this evening.

They don’t play again until Thursday night, where the Blackhawks await them.

Topics: Al Montoya, NHL, Winnipeg Jets

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