WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Newly acquired Eric Tangradi will be making his Winnipeg Jets debut Friday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins at MTS Centre, but he will not be the only player in the lineup needing to make a fresh impression on Jets coach Claude Noel.
Noel blistered his team Thursday, telling the local media he did not like the way it played nor the players' effort. Noel's comments followed a busy Wednesday in which the Jets shipped out veteran forward Alexei Ponikarovsky to the New Jersey Devils hours after landing Tangradi. Winnipeg dropped a 3-2 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
Tangradi will play his first game with the Jets after playing five games with Pittsburgh. Noel will skate Tangradi on a line with Olli Jokinen and Kyle Wellwood as the coach again shuffles lines in an attempt to spark a team that ranks 18th in the League in goals per game.
One game after receiving a boost with the return of Dustin Byfuglien from injury, the Jets' blue line will receive further help with the season debut of Zach Bogosian, who will return to action after offseason wrist surgery. Bogosian will skate alongside veteran Ron Hainsey.
Ondrej Pavelec will return to the Winnipeg net after Al Montoya had started the previous two games. Montoya exited the game Tuesday with an undisclosed lower-body injury. The Jets recalled Edward Pasquale from the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League to replace Montoya.
Here are the possible line combinations for the Jets:
Andrew Ladd – Bryan Little – Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane – Alexander Burmistrov – Nikolai Antropov
Eric Tangradi – Olli Jokinen – Kyle Wellwood
James Wright – Jim Slater – Chris Thorburn
Tobias Enstrom – Dustin Byfuglien
Zach Bogosian – Ron Hainsey
Zach Redmond – Mark Stuart
Injured: Antti Miettinen, Al Montoya
Scratched: Grant Clitsome, Anthony Peluso, Paul Postma