WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets' push to earn the franchise's first berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2007 continues Thursday against the Florida Panthers.
The clubs meet at MTS Centre, where the Jets play the third game on their six-game homestand. They'll do so without defenseman Tobias Enstrom, who exited their 4-1 win Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres after a heavy hit from Steve Ott. Jets coach Claude Noel labeled Enstrom as day-to-day with what was termed a mid-body injury. Paul Postma will replace Enstrom.
Defenseman Mike Weaver (lower body) did not accompany the Panthers on their one-game trip to Winnipeg, but his return reportedly is imminent. Center Drew Shore has missed three games but could dress Thursday.
It is expected Jacob Markstrom will start in goal for the Panthers after a one-game respite Sunday. Ondrej Pavelec will make his 38th appearance for the Jets, ranking him second in the NHL to Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators.
Here are the projected lineups for the Panthers and Jets:
Jonathan Huberdeau - Shawn Matthias - Peter Mueller
Tomas Fleischmann - Marcel Goc - Tomas Kopecky
Scottie Upshall - Nick Bjugstad - Jack Skille
George Parros - Drew Shore - Quinton Howden
Brian Campbell - Tyson Strachan
Filip Kuba - Dmitry Kulikov
TJ Brennan - Erik Gudbranson
Injured: Sean Bergenheim (lower body), Stephen Weiss (wrist), Kris Versteeg (knee), Mike Weaver (lower body), Ed Jovanovski (lower body), Jose Theodore (lower body), Eric Selleck (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
Grant Clitsome - Dustin Byfuglien
Ron Hainsey - Zach Bogosian
Mark Stuart - Paul Postma
Scratched: Arturs Kulda, Derek Meech, Antti Miettinen, Jacob Trouba
Injured: Nik Antropov (lower body), Tobias Enstrom (upper body), Anthony Peluso (hand), Zach Redmond (thigh), Jim Slater (hand)