For one day only, the Winnipeg Jets
might have to step away from the spotlight in their own city.
’s return to the city has made the Jets’ date tonight at MTS Centre with the Anaheim Ducks
the most difficult ticket of the season since Winnipeg’s season-opening game on Oct. 9.
But the Jets (14-13-4) have a game to play, Selanne excitement notwithstanding, as they look to redeem themselves after a loss Thursday night to the Washington Capitals
. The loss, the first time a visiting team has shut out the Jets at home this season, ended the Jets’ five-game home winning streak and left coach Claude Noel
is expected to start in net tonight for the Jets. In Mason’s most recent start, he beat the Carolina Hurricanes
, 4-2, at MTS Centre on Dec. 9.
The Jets sent right wing Carl Klingberg
back to their American League affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps, on Friday. Waiver-wire acquisition Antti Miettinen
will not dress for the Jets tonight as he acclimates himself to the Jets after a long journey this week from Finland, but the Jets will have other reinforcements available.
Defenseman Tobias Enstrom
is expected to dress for the first time since he broke his collarbone Oct. 31 at Florida. The injury has cost Enstrom 20 games, and his return would be another boost to a Winnipeg blue line that also regained the services of Ron Hainsey
The status of forwards Nikolai Antropov and Alexander Burmistrov
remains murky for tonight.
Here is the projected lineup for Winnipeg:
– Bryan Little
– Blake Wheeler
– Kyle Wellwood
– Eric Fehr
– Jim Slater
– Chris Thorburn
– Tim Stapleton
– Zach Bogosian
– Dustin Byfuglien
– Tobias Enstrom