The Winnipeg Jets
' bid to join the upper reaches of the Eastern Conference continues tonight at the MTS Centre with a visit from the Philadelphia Flyers
The Jets (29-26-6) have used three consecutive wins and the struggles of the Florida Panthers
and Washington Capitals
to elbow their way into the playoff discussion.
The Flyers-Jets season series has seen Winnipeg take all three meetings this season, including a 6-4 win at the MTS Centre on Nov. 19. A win tonight in the third contest of an eight-game homestand would push the Jets ahead of the Panthers and into first place in the Southeast Division and third place in the Eastern Conference.
However, the Panthers will hold four games in hand on the Jets after tonight, and Jets coach Claude Noel
is placing little stock in what leading the Southeast Division at this point in the season would mean.
Defenseman Zach Bogosian
will miss his fourth straight game tonight while forward Eric Fehr
will remain in the Winnipeg lineup.
"I think it has the potential to be longer," Noel said of Bogosian's status. "We're hoping for Thursday (at home against Tampa Bay). It is day-to-day."
will start in net for the Jets once again after backstopping the Jets to home wins against Boston and Colorado this past weekend.
Here is the projected lineup for the Jets:
- Bryan Little
- Blake Wheeler
- Alexander Burmistrov
- Kyle Wellwood
- Jim Slater
- Chris Thorburn
- Nik Antropov
- Eric Fehr
- Dustin Byfuglien
- Ron Hainsey
- Mark Stuart
will start in goal, with Chris Mason