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Jets' Hellebuyck will start against Oilers

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com

JETS (15-15-2) at OILERS (14-18-2)

TV: TSN3, SNW

EDMONTON-- The Edmonton Oilers attempt to end a three-game losing streak when they host the Winnipeg Jets at Rexall Place on Monday in their last game before the Christmas break.

The Oilers won six straight before losing to the New York Rangers 4-2, Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 and Colorado Avalanche 5-1 in the final three games of a four-game road trip.

Five of the Oilers' six wins on their winning streak were at home.

"A good start tonight is going to go a long way," Oilers left wing Taylor Hall said. "[The Jets] are a strong, physical team that likes to play down in our end and cycle the puck down low, so we have to eliminate those. We have to eliminate the mistakes that are really giving us trouble in our own end."

The Oilers lost at the Avalanche on Saturday, despite outshooting Colorado 40-29. They have scored three goals during the losing streak.

"That road trip didn’t end the way we wanted to," Hall said. "We have a chance to go into the break feeling good. There were some uncharacteristic plays and efforts on that road trip, but coming back home where we had a lot of success, guys are feeling good."

The Jets swept their three-game season series against the Oilers in 2014-15. Monday is the first of three games for Winnipeg against the Oilers this season.

"Most of the [Oilers'] games I watched was when they were on a roll," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "They have a lot of speed and a lot of sharp passing and I know they're going to come with the pace and structure. This would not be a game where we can get into an odd-man rush, track meet against them. We have to make sure we're ready to defend in here."

The Jets defeated the Rangers 5-2 on Friday to end a two-game losing streak. Winnipeg has not won more than two games in a row this season.

"I feel like we are better than a .500 team and you haven’t seen the best of us yet," Jets center Bryan Little said. "There are times this year where we haven't played as well as we can, but I think we have a better team in this room than our record shows and it's just about putting it all together and finding it."

Goaltender Cam Talbot will start for Edmonton. Connor Hellebuyck will make his fifth consecutive start in goal for the Jets.

Here are the projected lineups:

JETS

Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler

Mathieu Perreault - Mark Scheifele - Drew Stafford

Chris Thorburn - Alexander Burmistrov - Nikolaj Ehlers

Matt Halischuk - Andrew Copp - Joel Armia

Jacob Trouba - Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom - Tyler Myers

Mark Stuart - Ben Chiarot

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Injured: Grant Clitsome (back), Ondrej Pavelec (knee)

Scratched: Adam Pardy, Anthony Peluso, Paul Postma

OILERS

Taylor HallLeon DraisaitlTeddy Purcell

Benoit PouliotRyan Nugent-HopkinsJordan Eberle

Matt HendricksMark LetestuLauri Korpikoski

Luke GazdicAnton LanderIiro Pakarinen

Darnell NurseJustin Schultz

Andrej SekeraMark Fayne

Nikita NikitinEric Gryba

Cam Talbot

Anders Nilsson

Injured: Connor McDavid (collarbone), Rob Klinkhammer (ankle), Nail Yakupov (ankle), Brandon Davidson (upper body), Oscar Klefbom (finger), Andrew Ference (undisclosed).

Scratched: Jujhar Khaira

Status report: The Oilers recalled Fayne from Bakersfield of the American Hockey League on Sunday. Fayne played in the AHL outdoor game Saturday with Bakersfield, losing 3-2 to the Stockton Heat in Sacramento, California. … The Oilers placed Ference on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. Ference last played Nov. 27 in a 4-3 overtime loss at the Detroit Red Wings.

Who's hot: Myers has a goal and three assists in his past two games. … Little had two goals and an assist in the win against New York. … Sekera has two goals in his past four games. … Hall has a goal and assist in his past three games.

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