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Preview: Jets at Capitals

Washington looking for fourth straight win; Winnipeg aims to revive power play

by Katie Brown / Correspondent

JETS (4-6-0) at CAPITALS (6-2-1)

7 p.m. ET; SCN-DC, TSN3, NHL.TV 

Jets team scope

Michael Hutchinson will start in goal for the Winnipeg Jets. In his five starts this season, Hutchinson has given up less than three goals once, when he made 37 saves and shut out the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 on Oct. 28. Forwards Marko Dano and Andrew Copp each will make his season debut on Thursday. Copp was recalled from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. Winnipeg is 0-for-13 on the power play in its past three games, but is 8-for-8 on the penalty kill through that span. "We've got six veterans out tonight, so we've got a young lineup," coach Paul Maurice said. "The pieces will probably move around a little bit. I love the back-to-back against the same team. We like them from a coaching point of view because you feel like you get to spend some time to fix your game, so it's a better challenge." 

Capitals team scope

Braden Holtby, 9-3-1 in his career against Winnipeg, will be in goal for the Washington Capitals in the second game of a home-and-home with the Jets; the first was a 3-2 Capitals victory in Winnipeg on Tuesday. Washington has won three consecutive games and returns home after a four-game, eight-day road trip where it went 3-1-0. Coach Barry Trotz said there is a little bit of a rebound period after being away from home for an extended period. "It's a little bit of a trap game," Trotz said. "You always hear coaches talk about it, you go on a road trip and you have a little bit of success and you finally get home and you think, 'Oh, it's going to be easy.' It really isn't."


Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Brandon Tanev -- Mathieu Perreault - Kyle Connor

Patrik Laine -- Adam Lowry -- Joel Armia

Alexander Burmistrov - Andrew Copp - Marko Dano

Josh Morrissey -- Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom -- Paul Postma

Julian Melchiori -- Ben Chiarot  

Michael Hutchinson

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Chris Thorburn  

Injured: Bryan Little (lower body), Drew Stafford (upper body), Tyler Myers (lower body), Mark Stuart (lower body) Shawn Matthias (lower body)


Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- Justin Williams

Marcus Johansson -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Tom Wilson

Andre Burakovsky -- Lars Eller -- T.J. Oshie

Zachary Sanford -- Jay Beagle - Brett Connolly  

Karl Alzner -- Matt Niskanen

Dmitry Orlov -- John Carlson

Brooks Orpik -- Nate Schmidt

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Daniel Winnik, Taylor Chorney

Injured: none 


Status report

Maurice said Thorburn is taking a family day and will not play against the Capitals. Myers did not skate Thursday. Stuart participated in the morning skate Thursday but will miss his second game in a row, but Maurice said Stuart is possible to play against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. Matthias was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday.


Who's hot

Johansson has six goals and five assists in nine games. Beagle has a goal and two assists in his past two games. 

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