WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets bought themselves more time in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Friday night that began an eight-game homestand.
Now the Jets (28-26-6) have a chance to make further headway when the Colorado Avalanche visit the MTS Centre tonight. The Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs both lost on Saturday night. With a win tonight, the Jets could pass the Capitals and tie the Maple Leafs at 64 points. A Jets win and a regulation loss for the Florida Panthers would also slide Winnipeg to within one point of the Southeast Division lead.
Zach Bogosian will miss his third consecutive game on the Winnipeg blue line. In an attempt to generate more production from his fourth line, Jets coach Claude Noel will replace Antti Miettinen with Eric Fehr.
But Fehr drew a sharp challenge from Noel. Fehr has just one goal in 31 games this season and has struggled to make an impact in his first year with the organization after being acquired in an offseason trade with the Capitals.
"I'd like him to show me that he wants to have success," Noel said of Fehr. "It's that simple. Help me to help you. I'll play him 20 minutes if he can help me. All I want from him is to just perform. Ask yourself at the end of the day, 'What impact did I have on the game?'"
"Show it to me," Noel continued. "I'm waiting."
Ondrej Pavelec will start in net for the Jets.
Here are the projected lines and pairings for Winnipeg:
Andrew Ladd – Bryan Little – Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane – Alexander Burmistrov – Kyle Wellwood
Tanner Glass – Jim Slater – Chris Thorburn
Tim Stapleton – Nik Antropov – Eric Fehr
Toby Enstrom – Dustin Byfuglien
Johnny Oduya – Ron Hainsey
Randy Jones – Mark Stuart