WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets return home in desperate need of a win after losing the season's first three games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins present a tall order for a Jets team battling confidence and execution issues after a sloppy 4-1 loss on Saturday to the Phoenix Coyotes.
Pittsburgh did not bring a number of players for a brief two-game trip that continues on Tuesday at Minnesota. Evgeni Malkin suffered an injury in Saturday's loss to Buffalo, and Sidney Crosby continues his recovery process from a concussion. The Penguins also will not dress center Tyler Kennedy. Coach Dan Bylsma indicated that Kennedy is suffering from "concussion-like symptoms."
Penguins right wing James Neal sits atop the League scoring race with 5 goals in six games and holds a three-game goal-scoring streak entering tonight's game. The game also serves as a homecoming for Penguins right wing Arron Asham, who hails from nearby Portage la Praire, Manitoba.
Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal - Pascal Dupuis
Steve Sullivan - Richard Park - James Neal
Matt Cooke - Mark Letestu - Arron Asham
Steve MacIntyre - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams
Kris Letang - Deryk Engelland
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Ben Lovejoy - Matt Niskanen
Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net for the Penguins. Brett Johnson will serve as his backup.
Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler
Alexander Burmistrov - Nik Antropov - Kyle Wellwood
Brett MacLean - Mark Scheifele - Tim Stapleton
Tanner Glass - Jim Slater - Chris Thorburn
Tobias Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien
Johnny Oduya - Ron Hainsey
Mark Stuart - Zach Bogosian
Coach Claude Noel would not disclose left wing Evander Kane's injury, but it is believed that he took a puck to the foot on Saturday at Phoenix. Johnny Oduya will return to the Jets' blue line after a one-game absence, and Randy Jones will sit out.
Ondrej Pavelec is expected to start, with Chris Mason backing up for the Jets.