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Winnipeg eyes fourth straight win; Jarry expected to make first start for Pittsburgh

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

PENGUINS (3-2-0) at JETS (4-2-0)



The Game

The Winnipeg Jets look to extend their winning streak to four games when they play the Pittsburgh Penguins at Bell MTS Place on Sunday.

Goalie Laurent Brossoit is expected to start for the Jets after Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves in a 3-2 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

The Penguins, also on the second game of a back to back after a 7-4 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, seek their third consecutive victory. Goalie Tristan Jarry is expected to make his first start of the season.


Players to watch

Penguins center Sidney Crosby, who has a five-game point streak (eight points; three goals, five assists) to begin the season, has scored a goal in each of his past three games. 

Jets forward Patrik Laine is tied for third in the NHL with 10 points (three goals, seven assists). After having at least one point in each of the first five games, he did not have a point against the Blackhawks.


They said it

"There's going to be times our line catches fire. There's going to be times each line is going to have a moment to step up and make impact plays. That's how you have a good team, that's how you win a lot of hockey games. Timely scoring, guys stepping up." -- Jets forward Blake Wheeler

"Our fourth line (had) three goals [Saturday]. They did more than that; they can all skate, they defended hard, they helped us get momentum on the forecheck... When you can have the trust in those guys that you can put them in those situations, it can give us an opportunity to use Crosby's line, for example, in an advantageous situation offensively." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan on the play of Sam Lafferty, Joseph Blandisi and Adam Johnson  


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Dominik Simon

Dominik Kahun -- Jared McCann -- Brandon Tanev

Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Patric Hornqvist

Adam Johnson -- Joseph Blandisi -- Sam Lafferty

Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang

Marcus Pettersson -- Justin Schultz

Jack Johnson -- John Marino

Tristan Jarry

Matt Murray

Scratched: Juuso Riikola, Chad Ruhwedel, Erik Gudbranson

Injured: Evgeni Malkin (lower body), Nick Bjugstad (lower body), Bryan Rust (upper body), Alex Galchenyuk (lower body)


Jets projected lineup

Patrik Laine -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Kyle Connor -- Andrew Copp -- Nikolaj Ehlers

Gabriel Bourque -- Adam Lowry -- Mark Letestu

Mathieu Perreault -- Jack Roslovic -- Mason Appleton

Josh Morrissey -- Neal Pionk

Carl Dahlstrom -- Tucker Poolman

Dmitry Kulikov -- Anthony Bitetto

Laurent Brossoit

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: David Gustafsson ,Ville Heinola

Injured: Bryan Little (concussion), Nathan Beaulieu (upper body),

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien


Status report

Neither team had a morning skate. … Heinola came out of the Jets lineup for the first time this season Saturday with Dahlstrom taking his place.


Stat pack

Letang is on a five-game point streak to open the season (six points; two goals, four assists). He needs one point to reach 500 in the NHL. … Scheifele is on a three-game point streak (six points; one goal, five assists). … Copp will play his 300th NHL game. … The Jets have allowed the first goal in each of their six games this season.

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