JETS (3-5-1) at LIGHTNING (4-4-2)
TV: CBC, CW44
This is the first of six meetings between these Southeast Division dwellers. Tampa Bay completed a six-game series sweep over the Atlanta Thrashers last season, the first in franchise history. In fact, the Lightning enter the game having won 11 straight over the Jets, formerly the Thrashers. It is the NHL's longest active win streak by one team over another opponent.
The Jets celebrated their first road win of the season in dramatic fashion when all but three players had at least one point in a 9-8 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. The combined 17 goals represented the most goals in an NHL game since the San Jose Sharks scored a 10-8 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 13, 1996 -- almost 16 years ago.
Despite the win, coach Claude Noel wasn't about to award any medals.
"It wasn't my idea of the way to win on the road or the way to manage the game, but we'll take the two points and go from there," Noel said. "You know, it's the strangest game I've been a part of. I've been part of a game where we were down 8-1 and won 9-8, but this has got to be the strangest."
Winnipeg was forced to use two goalies in the win over the Flyers. Ondrej Pavelec
started the game but was relieved by Chris Mason
after Philadelphia connected for their seventh goal. Mason yielded one goal but was forced to exit less than five minutes later when he suffered a lower-body injury. The goalies combined for 40 saves on 48 shots. Defenseman Mark Stuart
had six of the team's 19 blocked shots in the contest.
The Lightning had their three-game winning streak snapped on Thursday, falling 5-3 to the Nashville Predators. Predators forward Mike Fisher, playing only his second game after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, scored a pair of goals and had an assist. Steven Stamkos
had a pair of goals and goalie Mathieu Garon
lost for the first time in four games. He allowed five goals on 17 shots before being relieved late in the second period by Dwayne Roloson
. Garon entered the game having allowed just four goals in his previous three starts.
Jets right wing Alex Burmistrov has a point in six straight games, producing 3 goals and 9 points over that stretch. His longest scoring streak last year was two games. … Stamkos has a five-game point-scoring streak, connecting for 6 goals over that span.
For Winnipeg, forwards Eric Fehr
(shoulder) is out. Defenseman Ron Hainsey
(upper body) and goalie Pavelec (groin) are questionable. … Tampa Bay defenseman Mattias Ohlund
remains out indefinitely after having surgery on both knees.
Lightning defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron
notched a pair of assists on Thursday and now has a team-leading 10 helpers in 10 games. Bergeron's 12 points, including 2 goals, tops all defensemen in scoring.
Jets forward Evander Kane
on Wednesday dispelled any lingering rumors that he had requested a trade out of Winnipeg. Kane has averaged 13:11 of ice time and has produced 2 goals and 4 points in eight games this season.
"I haven't asked for a trade, I'm happy where I am, and I expect to be here for a long time," Kane told the Winnipeg Sun. "I guess people in social media come out with stories and spread rumors. I stay away from that kind of stuff."
Kane, the No. 4 pick by Atlanta at the 2009 NHL Draft, averaged 17:51 of ice time in 2010-11. He had career highs in goals (19) and points (43).
"Rumors are rumors, and that's what they are," Kane said. "Unless you hear it from the horse's mouth, that's the only time it's true."