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Ducks at Jets preview

Gibson back in goal for Anaheim; Hellebuyck expected to start for Winnipeg

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

DUCKS (12-13-4) at JETS (17-10-2)

3 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-W, NHL.TV


The Game

The Winnipeg Jets will try for their third straight home win when they host the Anaheim Ducks at Bell MTS Place on Sunday. 

The Jets are 11-3-2 in their past 16 games and 5-1-1 in their past seven at home.

Goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who made 24 saves in a 3-0 shutout against the Ducks on Nov. 29 and is 6-1-1 with a 2.21 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and two shutouts in eight games against Anaheim, is expected to start for the Jets.

The Ducks are winless in four straight on the road (0-2-2) and begin a two-game road trip Sunday. Anaheim is 2-4-2 in its past eight games and is coming off a 3-2 loss at home to the Washington Capitals on Friday. Goalie John Gibson will start after missing two games because of illness.

This will be the third and final meeting of the regular season between the Jets and Ducks; each team has won one game. The Ducks defeated the Jets 7-4 at Honda Center on Oct. 27.


Players to watch

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf has 11 points (three goals, 8 assists) in his past nine games and leads Anaheim with 13 assists and 23 points in 29 games.

Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers has five points (two goals, three assists) on a four-game point streak and leads Winnipeg with 13 goals in 29 games.


They said it

"I think they're very dangerous offensively with a couple of lines. I think they've done a [heck] of a job with their defense there. It looks like they just get it done by committee. And obviously [Connor] Hellebuyck in net; if you don't get to him early it may be a long night for you." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins on the Jets 

"When we were in Anaheim [on Nov. 29], we did a real good job. We didn't really let those guys get to the net. We were fast in transition and used our speed to our advantage. I think that's going to be important when we try to do that again [Sunday]." -- Jets forward Adam Lowry


Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Troy Terry

Max Comtois -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Devin Shore -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Michael Del Zotto

Cam Fowler -- Erik Gudbranson

Brendan Guhle -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Josh Mahura

Injured: Josh Manson (lower body), Nick Ritchie (lower body)


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Mathieu Perreault

Joona Luoto -- Nicholas Shore -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Luca Sbisa -- Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto -- Nathan Beaulieu

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Carl Dahlstrom, David Gustafsson

Injured: Dmitry Kulikov (upper body), Mason Appleton (foot), Gabriel Bourque (lower body), Bryan Little (ear), Dustin Byfuglien (ankle)


Status report

Shore is expected to make his Jets debut after being claimed off waivers on Wednesday from the Maple Leafs.


Stat pack

Grant has six goals in his past nine games, including his first two shorthanded goals in the NHL. … Connor has 12 points in his past 10 games (five goals, seven assists). … Wheeler has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past six games… Scheifele needs two points to reach 400 in the NHL.

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