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Jets could play second fiddle to Selanne

Saturday, 12.17.2011 / 1:44 PM

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

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Jets could play second fiddle to Selanne
WINNIPEG – For one day only, the Winnipeg Jets might have to step away from the spotlight in their own city.

Teemu Selanne’s return to the city has made the Jets’ date tonight at MTS Centre with the Anaheim Ducks the most difficult ticket of the season since Winnipeg’s season-opening game on Oct. 9.

But the Jets (14-13-4) have a game to play, Selanne excitement notwithstanding, as they look to redeem themselves after a loss Thursday night to the Washington Capitals. The loss, the first time a visiting team has shut out the Jets at home this season, ended the Jets’ five-game home winning streak and left coach Claude Noel extremely frustrated.

Chris Mason is expected to start in net tonight for the Jets. In Mason’s most recent start, he beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2, at MTS Centre on Dec. 9.

The Jets sent right wing Carl Klingberg back to their American League affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps, on Friday. Waiver-wire acquisition Antti Miettinen will not dress for the Jets tonight as he acclimates himself to the Jets after a long journey this week from Finland, but the Jets will have other reinforcements available.

Defenseman Tobias Enstrom is expected to dress for the first time since he broke his collarbone Oct. 31 at Florida. The injury has cost Enstrom 20 games, and his return would be another boost to a Winnipeg blue line that also regained the services of Ron Hainsey this week.

The status of forwards Nikolai Antropov and Alexander Burmistrov remains murky for tonight.

Here is the projected lineup for Winnipeg:

JETS

Evander KaneBryan LittleBlake Wheeler
Andrew LaddKyle WellwoodEric Fehr
Tanner GlassJim SlaterChris Thorburn
Jason JaffrayTim Stapleton

Mark StuartZach Bogosian
Johnny OduyaDustin Byfuglien
Ron HainseyTobias Enstrom
Mark Flood

Chris Mason
Ondrej Pavelec
Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres