The latest in a series of "must-win" games continues tonight for the Winnipeg Jets
when they host the Washington Capitals
at the MTS Centre.
Washington holds a four-point lead on the Jets (33-29-8) for the Jets for the Eastern Conference's eighth-place slot. With a three-game road trip next week looming for the Jets, ending the Capitals' four-game win streak is crucial. The Jets ended the Dallas Stars
' six-game win streak two nights ago at the MTS Centre, where several opponents have seen long point streaks come to an end.
's return from a nagging injury appears to be close, but he will again be out of the Winnipeg lineup against the Capitals. Chris Thorburn
remains out as well, so former Capital Eric Fehr
, who scored only his second goal of the season in the win against Dallas, will again skate on Winnipeg's checking line with Jim Slater
and Tanner Glass
will start in net for Winnipeg, with Chris Mason
backing up. Pavelec, an anchor in net all season for the Jets, has spun off a shutout, three wins and a .931 save percentage over his past five games.
Here are the projected lines and pairings for the Jets:
- Bryan Little
- Blake Wheeler
- Alexander Burmistrov
- Kyle Wellwood
- Jim Slater
- Eric Fehr
- Nik Antropov
- Antti Miettinen
- Dustin Byfuglien
- Grant Clitsome
- Mark Stuart