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Jets look to put together back-to-back victories

Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 2:10 PM

By Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Jets look to put together back-to-back victories

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- A 3-2 overtime win Tuesday night for the Winnipeg Jets eased the flow of breakdowns that plagued them on a three-game road trip last week.

Now the Jets (4-4-1) have a Thursday night date with the Toronto Maple Leafs at MTS Centre to try to mitigate further some of the damage from the 0-3-0 sojourn. With a road visit to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday followed by home meetings with the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins, the Jets need to start collecting points.

The Jets will not be receiving any injury relief against Toronto, however. Zach Bogosian nudged closer to an eventual return from offseason wrist surgery and participated in his first morning skate of the season with the Jets. However, Jets coach Claude Noel said afterward that Bogosian remains "a ways away" from making his season debut. Dustin Byfuglien also participated in the Jets' morning skate, but he will miss his fourth consecutive game with an undisclosed injury.

Winnipeg returned 19-year-old center Mark Scheifele to the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts on Wednesday to reduce the logjam among the forward corps.

Noel will start goaltender Ondrej Pavelec for the ninth time in the Jets' first 10 games.

Here are the possible line combinations for the Jets:

Evander KaneOlli JokinenBlake Wheeler

Andrew LaddAlexander BurmistrovBryan Little

Alexei PonikarovskyNikolai AntropovKyle Wellwood

James WrightJim SlaterChris Thorburn

Tobias EnstromRon Hainsey

Mark StuartZach Redmond

Grant ClitsomePaul Postma

Ondrej Pavelec

Al Montoya

Injured: Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien, Antti Miettinen

Scratched: Anthony Peluso

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