UNIONDALE, N.Y. --
The Winnipeg Jets
will have a different look on their blue line Thursday night against the New York Islanders
at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Winnipeg will be without world-class defenseman Tobias Enstrom
after he was injured during Monday's 4-3 shootout victory at Florida. Enstrom suffered an upper-body injury after being hit by Panthers forward Jack Skille
and was sent back to Winnipeg for further evaluation.
The Jets are also likely to be without defenseman Mark Stuart
, who is day-to-day after suffering an upper-body injury Monday.
Winnipeg is already without defensemen Derek Meech
(lower body) and Ron Hainsey
(upper body) and recalled Mark Flood
and Brett Festerling
from AHL St. John's on Thursday morning.
"Guys are going to have to pick up the slack," said Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian
, who could conceivably play close to 30 minutes against the Isles. "For right now, I've just got to keep it simple and kind of read of who you're playing with."
Here are Winnipeg's projected lines for Thursday night:
- Bryan Little
- Kyle Wellwood
- Nik Antropov
- Alexander Burmistrov
- Tim Stapleton
- Blake Wheeler
- Jim Slater
- Chris Thorburn
- Dustin Byfuglien
- Zach Bogosian
- Mark Flood
will get the start in goal for the Jets. Pavelec is 3-4-1 with a 3.62 goals-against average and .885 save percentage in nine appearances. Former Isles goalie Peter Mannino
will be the backup as Chris Mason
(groin) was placed on injured reserve Thursday morning.
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