The day after a big comeback against Southeast Division rival Washington, Winnipeg coach Claude Noel
was mum on who would start Saturday against the Predators.
Down 3-0 on Friday against the Capitals, the Jets rallied to win 4-3 in overtime to move within four points of the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot with eight games to play as goalie Ondrej Pavelec
made 20 saves and did not allow a goal after the 5:47 mark of the second period. The Jets hold a game in hand on Washington, which has 82 points.
Pavelec is 28-25-7 with a 2.84 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. Backup Chris Mason
, a former Predator who played in the playoffs for Nashville, is 7-6-1 with a 2.40 GAA and .903 save percentage.
“We’ll see at game time,” was all Noel would say. Noel did say right wing Eric Fehr
(shoulder) would miss the Saturday night contest.
Here is the projected lineup for the Jets:
- Bryan Little
- Blake Wheeler
- Alex Burmistrov - Kyle Wellwood
- Jim Slater
- Antti Miettinen
- Ben Maxwell
- Tim Stapleton
Toby Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien
- Zach Bogosian
- Randy Jones