WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Normally a midwinter trip that includes a stop in Florida is a welcome time for the Winnipeg Jets, but last week's three-game road trip left them limping home.
The Jets (3-4-1) dropped all three games, including a defeat last Thursday to the Florida Panthers, who visit MTS Centre for a Tuesday evening date. The penalty kill, a source of many of Winnipeg's defensive problems last season, has again become a major issue for coach Claude Noel and his club. Winnipeg has surrendered goals on eight of its past 16 shorthanded situations, and the Jets rank last in the League on the penalty kill.
Noel said defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will miss his third consecutive game with an undisclosed injury, but that a return for Thursday's game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs is a possibility. Winnipeg is also without Zach Bogosian, whose return remains slated for mid-February. Alexander Burmistrov centers Winnipeg's second line.
Kyle Wellwood is expected to return to the Winnipeg lineup and replace rookie Mark Scheifele.
Here are the possible line combinations for the Jets:
Evander Kane – Olli Jokinen – Blake Wheeler
Andrew Ladd – Alexander Burmistrov – Bryan Little
Alexei Ponikarovsky – Nikolai Antropov – Kyle Wellwood
James Wright – Jim Slater – Chris Thorburn
Tobias Enstrom – Ron Hainsey
Mark Stuart – Zach Redmond
Grant Clitsome – Paul Postma
Injured: Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien, Antti Miettinen
Scratched: Anthony Peluso, Mark Scheifele