The Winnipeg Jets
will again attempt to climb into the Southeast Division lead when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning
in the fourth contest of an eight-game homestand at the MTS Centre.
The Jets (29-27-6) failed to close out the Philadelphia Flyers
on Tuesday night, losing 5-4 in overtime after allowing Philadelphia's tying goal with 10.8 seconds in regulation. The Jets sit outside the Eastern Conference's top-eight mix in ninth place at 65 points. A win tonight and a home loss for the Florida Panthers
to Minnesota would allow the Jets to slip into the Southeast Division's top spot and third place in the Eastern Conference.
Defenseman Zach Bogosian
will sit out his fifth consecutive contest.
Jets coach Claude Noel
hinted that the Jets might insert Mark Flood
into the lineup and skate seven defensemen. Flood has not played since Jan. 19. It is also expected that Antti Miettinen
will replace Eric Fehr
on Winnipeg's fourth line. Potentially sacrificing a forward for an extra defenseman against Tampa Bay might be an option after a physical, draining game against the Flyers.
"When you give up 55 shots, are you wearing down your defensemen and your goalies?" Noel asked. "Maybe I should dress three goalies. We're trying to manage our rest-and-recovery systems a bit so that we have energy."
, who stopped 50 of 55 Philadelphia shots on Tuesday night, will start again in the Winnipeg net.
Here are the projected lines and pairings 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