The NHL has gifted us with only one game this Monday, so it’s time to build those perfect Showdown lineups! The Winnipeg Jets take on the Montreal Canadiens at 7 pm ET tonight. It’s not easy to build a lineup with only one game on tap, but it’s not impossible. How you build your lineup is more important than the players you choose. Let’s take a look at some options.




The Captain spot is arguably the most important position. This player needs to have a high upside but doesn’t always need to be an elite player. Tonight it’s Cole Caufield who I would play in that spot. The kid has four goals in his last four games and continues to shine playing on the top line with BFF Nick Suzuki. Either player really works, but Caufield has the goal-scoring upside that you want. 

If you’re looking on the Winnipeg side, Pierre-Luc Dubois is going to be a popular choice with Mark Scheifele out of the lineup, but Paul Stastny is probably the way to go. He’s skating on the second line and on the top power play unit. Montreal’s penalty kill has been terrible, so he could luck his way into a couple of points and a few shots on goal.


Utility Options

For the rest of my lineup, I’ll target Montreal’s entire top line. If you have Caufield in the Captain spot, Suzuki and Rem Pitlick are the two other players I would stack him with. The Canadiens get most of their offense from their top line and tonight will be no different. 

On the back end, there are a ton of options to choose from. Jeff Petry, David Savard and Alex Romanov are all in play tonight, but if you had to pick just one, Romanov would be the player to go with, followed by Petry. Romanov saw a ton of ice time against Toronto on Saturday and was able to finish with six blocked shots. Petry is by far their most offensive defenceman, so he has the best chance at getting some points. He also sees time on the second power play unit, so that goes give him a slight boost.

On the other side, Kyle Connor is bar the best winger to choose from. He’s going to get a ton of opportunities to shoot the puck and he could find the back of the let more than once. If you need a bargain bin play, Evgeni Svechnikov and Morgan Barron and both $2000 on DraftKings and are playing in the top six. Svechnikov is skating on the top line with Connor, so there’s some correlation there to exploit. Barron will probably be lower-owned and is a good fit if you are using Stastny. 

On the back end, Josh Morrissey is the best option, and it’s not really close. His price tag is a little elevated for my liking, but he’s on the top power play and works with any Winnipeg stack you choose to use. 



When it comes to goalies, I tend to just avoid them completely. The last time these two teams met, they combined to score 12 goals, and while we shouldn’t expect the same outcome tonight, we can expect a decent amount of offense. Sam Montembeault is getting the call for Montreal and I just don’t trust him to hit value. Eric Comrie could get the call for this one, and I’m just not willing to spend top dollars on him. I’ll stick with forwards/defencemen and hope to see a ton of goals. 


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