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Preview: Lightning at Jets

Tyler Johnson likely out for Tampa Bay; Winnipeg seeks to end losing streak

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

LIGHTNING (24-24-7) at JETS (25-28-4)

7 p.m. ET; SN, SUN, NHL.TV

 

Lightning team scope

The Tampa Bay Lightning enter Saturday five points out of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference following a 2-1 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild on Friday. The Lightning are 5-9-3 in their past 17 games and 2-6-4 in their past 12 on the road. "We got to keep munching points," coach Jon Cooper said Friday. Forward Tyler Johnson did not play against the Wild because of a lower-body injury sustained in a 5-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. Johnson participated in the morning skate before the game against the Wild but did not participate in line rushes. The Lightning did not have a morning skate and his status is unknown, although Cooper called it a longshot. Ben Bishop could get the start after making 28 saves for his 19th NHL shutout Tuesday. Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves Friday in the loss.

 

Jets team scope

The Winnipeg Jets will try to avoid losing their fourth straight game and fifth in a row at home in the second of a back-to-back. The Jets lost 5-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday and are six points out of the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference. "We're desperate for points right now and we need to get on a roll," forward Bryan Little said Friday. The Jets are 4-3-2 in the second half of back-to-backs this season. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck is expected to make his second straight start after Ondrej Pavelec was injured in a 4-2 loss to the Wild on Tuesday. Hellebuyck made 31 saves against Chicago and felt good about his game. "Like I've been saying, I'm going to go out and play my game," he said. "I'm not going to change. I'm going to get back to what makes me, me. Not only was I tracking (the puck), but reading the play pretty well. Not falling behind it, but reading the play and getting ahead of it." The Jets have allowed at least three goals in each of their past 14 games.

 

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Vladislav Namestnikov -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Brayden Point -- Jonathan Drouin

Brian Boyle -- Valtteri Filppula -- Erik Condra

Gabriel Dumont -- Cedric Paquette -- J.T. Brown

Victor Hedman -- Jake Dotchin

Braydon Coburn -- Anton Stralman

Jason Garrison -- Andrej Sustr

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: Luke Witkowski

Injured:  Ryan Callahan (hip), Steven Stamkos (knee), Adam Erne (broken foot), Tyler Johnson (lower body)

 

Jets projected lineup

Mathieu Perreault - Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Shawn Matthias -- Adam Lowry -- Joel Armia

Andrew Copp -- Nic Petan -- Drew Stafford

Toby Enstrom -- Dustin Byfuglien

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot -- Paul Postma

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Chris Thorburn, Mark Stuart

Injured: Marko Dano (lower body), Tyler Myers (lower body), Ondrej Pavelec (lower body)

 

Status report

Neither team had a morning skate Saturday.

 

Who's hot

Kucherov has two goals and three assists in his past four games. ... Scheifele has eight goals and eight assists in his past 14 games. … Wheeler has three goals and seven assists in his past 10 games.

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