Which Winnipeg Jets
team will show up when the Buffalo Sabres
visit the MTS Centre tonight remains to be seen.
Will it be the Jets club that spun off a 10-3-1 record in December, with nine of those wins coming on home ice? Or will it be the team that owns a 2-6-0 record in January, the most recent loss a dismal 5-1 showing at New Jersey on Tuesday night?
The Jets (21-20-5) sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, five points out of a playoff spot, and desperately need to collect points at home this week. After tonight's visit from the Sabres, the Florida Panthers
visit Winnipeg on Friday before the Jets play eight of their next nine games on the road over the next three weeks.
The Jets received some good news on Thursday with the return of Blake Wheeler
to the lineup. Wheeler missed two games after taking a puck to his throat last Saturday at home against New Jersey. Defensemen Zach Bogosian
, Dustin Byfuglien
and Derek Meech
all remain out with injuries.
will return to the Winnipeg net after veteran Chris Mason
received consecutive starts on the Jets' two-game road trip through Ottawa and New Jersey.
Here are the projected lines and pairings for Winnipeg:
- Bryan Little
- Blake Wheeler
- Nik Antropov
- Kyle Wellwood
- Jim Slater
- Chris Thorburn
- Alexander Burmistrov
- Eric Fehr
- Ron Hainsey
- Randy Jones
- Mark Flood