WINNIPEG -- The Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets meet Tuesday at MTS Centre with Eastern Conference playoff positioning at stake.
After the Sabres' morning skate at MTS Centre, Buffalo coach Ron Rolston said leading scorer Thomas Vanek, who has missed six games with an upper-body injury, is a possibility to return against the Jets. Rolston also indicated that Ville Leino likely will not return during the regular season because of an upper-body injury.
Winnipeg finally has come to a relative lull in its schedule and has used the time to heal assorted bumps and bruises. Forward Anthony Peluso (hand) participated in the club's morning skate. Jets coach Claude Noel said Peluso will need additional time before his is deemed ready to play. Center Jim Slater also remains out and his return is not near, according to Noel.
Ryan Miller will make his fifth consecutive start in net for the Sabres. Opposing him will be Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec, who will make his 37th appearance.
Here are the projected lineups for the Sabres and Jets:
Steve Ott - Cody Hodgson - Nathan Gerbe
Marcus Foligno - Tyler Ennis - Drew Stafford
Luke Adam - Kevin Porter - Brian Flynn
John Scott - Jochen Hecht - Patrick Kaleta
Christian Ehrhoff - Tyler Myers
Mike Weber - Andrej Sekera
Mark Pysyk - Adam Pardy
Injured: Ville Leino (upper body), Alexander Sulzer (lower body), Thomas Vanek (upper body)
Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane - Olli Jokinen - Kyle Wellwood
Eric Tangradi - Alexander Burmistrov - Mike Santorelli
James Wright - Aaron Gagnon - Chris Thorburn
Tobias Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien
Ron Hainsey - Zach Bogosian
Mark Stuart - Grant Clitsome
Injured: Nik Antropov (lower body), Anthony Peluso (hand), Zach Redmond (thigh), Jim Slater (hand)
Scratched: Arturs Kulda, Derek Meech, Antti Miettinen, Paul Postma, Jacob Trouba