-- The Winnipeg Jets
bought themselves more time in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins
on Friday night that began an eight-game homestand.
Now the Jets (28-26-6) have a chance to make further headway when the Colorado Avalanche
visit the MTS Centre tonight. The Washington Capitals
and Toronto Maple Leafs
both lost on Saturday night. With a win tonight, the Jets could pass the Capitals and tie the Maple Leafs at 64 points. A Jets win and a regulation loss for the Florida Panthers
would also slide Winnipeg to within one point of the Southeast Division lead.
will miss his third consecutive game on the Winnipeg blue line. In an attempt to generate more production from his fourth line, Jets coach Claude Noel
will replace Antti Miettinen
with Eric Fehr
But Fehr drew a sharp challenge from Noel. Fehr has just one goal in 31 games this season and has struggled to make an impact in his first year with the organization after being acquired in an offseason trade with the Capitals.
"I'd like him to show me that he wants to have success," Noel said of Fehr. "It's that simple. Help me to help you. I'll play him 20 minutes if he can help me. All I want from him is to just perform. Ask yourself at the end of the day, 'What impact did I have on the game?'"
"Show it to me," Noel continued. "I'm waiting."
will start in net for the Jets.
Here are the projected lines and pairings for Winnipeg:
– Bryan Little
– Blake Wheeler
– Alexander Burmistrov
– Kyle Wellwood
– Jim Slater
– Chris Thorburn
– Nik Antropov
– Eric Fehr
Toby Enstrom – Dustin Byfuglien
– Ron Hainsey
– Mark Stuart