Tonight's home date with the Ottawa Senators
begins a stretch of 13 of 15 games on MTS Centre ice for the Winnipeg Jets
The home-heavy holiday schedule will be a change for the 9-10-4 Jets, who have opened this season with 15 of their first 23 games on the road in going 4-7-4 away from Winnipeg. The Jets will welcome in the Phoenix Coyotes
on Thursday and receive a visit from the New Jersey Devils
on Saturday night.
Home ice has been kind to the Jets this month, the club having swept a homestand from Tampa Bay, Washington and Philadelphia earlier this month in convincing fashion. The Jets followed up that effort with a 1-1-1 swing through Washington, Carolina and Boston last week. The Jets, whose 25.1-percent conversion rate on the power play at home ranks second in the NHL, rang up a 6-for-15 performance on the power play in those three home games before going scoreless on the man-advantage last week on the road.
The Jets are coming off a 4-2 loss on Saturday night to the Boston Bruins
after surrendering four unanswered goals to spoil another strong performance from workhorse goaltender Ondrej Pavelec
The Jets' blue line continues to battle injury woes. Ron Hainsey
will miss his 18th game out of Winnipeg's past 19. Tobias Enstrom
, Brett Festerling
, Randy Jones
and Derek Meech
all remain on injured reserve for the Jets, who have lost 113 man-games to injury this season.
Here are tonight's projected lines and pairings for the Jets.
- Bryan Little
- Blake Wheeler
- Nik Antropov
- Kyle Wellwood
- Alexander Burmistrov
- Eric Fehr
- Jim Slater
- Chris Thorburn
- Dustin Byfuglien
- Zach Bogosian
- Mark Flood
is expected to start for the Jets, with Chris Mason