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Jets face critical home contest in playoff push

Tuesday, 04.16.2013 / 2:19 PM

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

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Jets face critical home contest in playoff push

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets’ margin for error is slim Tuesday evening as they begin their final push toward what would be their first berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2007.

The Jets will meet the Tampa Bay Lightning at MTS Centre without defenseman Tobias Enstrom, who is out with what the Jets are terming a "mid-body injury." The Jets downgraded Enstrom’s status to week-to-week during their four-day break.

Jets coach Claude Noel said center Nik Antropov, who has not played since April 2, is a possibility to return later this week as the Jets close out their six-game homestand.

Ondrej Pavelec will again start in net for Winnipeg.

Here is the projected lineup for the Jets:

Andrew LaddBryan LittleBlake Wheeler

Evander KaneOlli JokinenKyle Wellwood

Eric TangradiAlexander BurmistrovMike Santorelli

James WrightAaron GagnonChris Thorburn

Grant ClitsomeDustin Byfuglien

Ron HainseyZach Bogosian

Mark StuartPaul Postma

Ondrej Pavelec

Al Montoya

Scratched: Arturs Kulda, Derek Meech, Antti Miettinen, Jacob Trouba

Injured: Nik Antropov (lower body), Tobias Enstrom (upper body), Anthony Peluso (hand), Zach Redmond (thigh), Jim Slater (hand)

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