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Hurricanes at Jets preview

Carolina 5-1-1 in past seven games; Winnipeg seeks sixth straight home win

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (20-11-2) at JETS (20-11-2)

8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TSN3, FS-CR, NHL.TV


The Game

The Winnipeg Jets will try to extend their home winning streak to six games when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday.

The Jets, who have outscored opponents 24-10 in five consecutive home victories, are 8-1-1 in their past 10 home games and 14-4-2 in their past 20 games overall.

The Hurricanes look for their sixth win in eight games (5-1-1), including points in five straight (4-0-1). Carolina is 11-4-1 in its past 16 games.


Players to watch

Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past four games.

Jets center Mark Scheifele has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in a six-game point streak.


They said it

"When you watch them, what stands out is obviously the high-end forward group that they're putting out there. That's the danger. You just can't give them a breath … That's what they have the ability to do, is they can score quick. And that's what scares you." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour on facing Winnipeg

"They're real cohesive. They play well as a five-man unit. They don't really have a ton of breakdowns, so if we can force some of those it'll be important that we capitalize on our chances." -- Jets forward Adam Lowry on facing Carolina


Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Ryan Dzingel -- Lucas Wallmark -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Jordan Martinook -- Julien Gauthier

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: Haydn Fleury

Injured: Erik Haula (knee)


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Gabriel Bourque

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

Injured: Dmitry Kulikov (upper body), Bryan Little (ear), Mathieu Perreault (concussion protocol)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien


Status report

Haula skated for the first time Monday since he was injured on Nov. 16. His return is expected "definitely sooner than later now," Brind'Amour said. … Carolina assigned forward Julien Gauthier to Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Sunday and recalled forward Brian Gibbons on Monday.


Stat pack

The Hurricanes won their 50th game of the 2019 calendar year (50-23-4) on Saturday, the first time they have done accomplished that in a calendar year in Carolina/Hartford history. … Connor has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in a six-game point streak. … Wheeler has 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 36 games against the Hurricanes.

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