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Projected lineups for Lightning, Jets

Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 2:57 PM

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

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Projected lineups for Lightning, Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets have plenty of turmoil after consecutive home losses in which the Washington Capitals outscored them 10-1.

But Sunday the Jets will face the Tampa Bay Lightning at MTS Centre, an opponent with even more upheaval after the Lightning fired coach Guy Boucher early Sunday morning. General manager Steve Yzerman announced Sunday that assistant coaches Daniel Lacroix and Martin Raymond, along with player development coach Steve Thomas, will run the Tampa Bay bench on an interim basis.

After playing Saturday at the Ottawa Senators, the Lightning did not have a pre-game skate Sunday morning.

For the Jets, their blue line continues to be in flux. Tobias Enstrom will return from a shoulder injury that cost him 19 games. However, a hand injury that Ron Hainsey sustained Friday against Washington will sideline him. Mark Stuart (upper body) will also miss his second consecutive game. Up front, James Wright again will sit out with an upper-body injury. Patrice Cormier will again draw in for Wright.

The Lightning did not indicate whether Cedrick Desjardins or Mathieu Garon will start in net against Winnipeg.

Jets coach Claude Noel will start Ondrej Pavelec for the 10th consecutive game and the 21th time in the Jets’ past 22 games.

Here are the projected lineups for the Lightning and Jets for their game Sunday:

LIGHTNING

Cory Conacher - Steven Stamkos - Teddy Purcell

Alex Killorn - Tom Pyatt - Martin St. Louis

Dana Tyrell - Nate Thompson - B.J. Crombeen

Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Richard Panik

Victor Hedman - Sami Salo

Matthew Carle - Eric Brewer

Keith Aulie - Radko Gudas

Cedrick Desjardins

Mathieu Garon

Scratched: Marc-Andre Bergeron, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Brian Lee

Injured: Vincent Lecavalier (lower body), Anders Lindback (ankle), Ryan Malone (shoulder), Benoit Pouliot (upper body)

JETS

Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler

Evander Kane - Olli Jokinen - Antti Miettinen

Chris Thorburn - Nik Antropov - Kyle Wellwood

Patrice Cormier - Alexander Burmistrov - Eric Tangradi

Tobias Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien

Grant Clitsome - Zach Bogosian

Paul Postma - Derek Meech

Ondrej Pavelec

Al Montoya

Scratched: Arturs Kulda

Injured: Ron Hainsey (hand), Anthony Peluso (hand), Zach Redmond (thigh), Jim Slater (hand), Mark Stuart (upper body), James Wright (upper body)

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— Bruins coach Claude Julien on the loss of Zdeno Chara to injury
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