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Preview: Ducks at Jets

Anaheim visits Winnipeg, aims to maintain Pacific lead with sixth consecutive win

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

DUCKS (42-23-11) at JETS (35-35-7)

8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-W, NHL.TV 

 

Ducks team scope

The Anaheim Ducks will look to win their sixth straight game and maintain their lead in the Pacific Division; they hold a two-point edge on the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers, who face each other Thursday in Edmonton. The Ducks, who clinched their fifth consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff berth on Tuesday, are expected to have center Ryan Getzlaf back in the lineup after missing one game with a lower-body injury. Anaheim is 9-1-1 in its past 11 games. "We've been playing good," said Getzlaf, who has seven assists in his past three games and 20 points (three goals, 17 assists) in his past 12 games. "For the most part, I've felt we've done a good job not overreacting to situations, kind of learning as the game went along, and overall, we've been playing pretty right defensively. That's good for our group going forward." Goaltender Jonathan Bernier, 9-0-1 in his past game games, will start. John Gibson dressed as the backup on Tuesday after missing seven games and 13 of the past 14 with a lower-body injury.

 

Jets team scope

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom, who was out with a concussion, had knee surgery on Thursday and will miss the rest of the season. Enstrom had surgery on the same knee last year. "Because of the concussion, we hoped while he was off the ice his knee would settle down, and it did," coach Paul Maurice said. "We got him back, he cleared his neurological testing, got back on it … it got bad right away again." The Jets, 5-2-0 in their past seven games, were eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention when the St. Louis Blues defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 on Monday. "We've changed our structure around [on the penalty kill], and I think that's one area we've tweaked and we've talked about that we might not see the results early," forward Adam Lowry said. "We might be giving up a couple more goals here, but just getting comfortable in that structure so next year we can hit the ground running, and our special teams isn't an area of concern like it was this year."

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Patrick Eaves

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Antoine Vermette -- Corey Perry

Jared Boll -- Nate Thompson -- Chris Wagner

Cam Fowler -- Brandon Montour

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Sami Vatanen -- Kevin Bieksa

Jonathan Bernier

John Gibson

Scratched: Logan Shaw, Korbinian Holzer

Injured: Clayton Stoner (abdominal surgery), Simon Despres (concussion)

 

Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Mathieu Perreault -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Joel Armia

Brandon Tanev -- Nic Petan -- Chris Thorburn

Julian Melchiori -- Dustin Byfuglien

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Mark Stuart -- Nelson Nogier

Michael Hutchinson

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Marko Dano, Brian Strait

Injured: Toby Enstrom (concussion, knee surgery), Tyler Myers (lower body), Ondrej Pavelec (lower body), Shawn Matthias (upper body), Paul Postma (lower body), Ben Chiarot (upper body)

 

Status report

Chiarot participated in the morning skate but is still day-to-day.

 

Who's hot

Rakell has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past nine games. … Perry has three points (two goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak. … Scheifele has 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) in his past 16 games. … Perreault has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in his past eight games. … Wheeler has five points (one goal, four assists) in a three-game point streak.

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