Sitting in ninth place and tied at 46 points with the eighth-place New York Rangers, the Jets will again be without first-pairing defenseman Tobias Enstrom (mid-body), who will miss his third straight game. The Jets have won the first four games of their six-game homestand that ends Saturday afternoon against the New York Islanders.
The Hurricanes have lost four consecutive road games and will be without forward Jeff Skinner, who left their 3-2 road loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. Skinner joins goalie Cam Ward, defenseman Joni Pitkanen and forward Tim Brent among the Carolina injured. After the morning skate, coach Kirk Muller said he hopes Skinner will return this weekend when the Hurricanes play a pair of back-to-back games.
The Hurricanes will dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen against the Jets. Tim Wallace, who has missed the past two games with an upper-body injury, will draw back into the lineup. Marc-Andre Bergeron will be Carolina's seventh defenseman and likely will see power-play duty.
Goalie Justin Peters, who beat the Jets 3-1 when the clubs met in Winnipeg on March 30, will start for the Hurricanes. Ondrej Pavelec will start for Winnipeg for the 20th time in the club's past 21 games.
Here are the projected lineups for the Hurricanes and Jets:
Scratched: Brett Bellemore
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