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Jets face Canucks without injured Enstrom

Winnipeg defenseman shut down; Vancouver aims to break scoreless streak

by Patrick Williams / Correspondent

CANUCKS (27-32-12) at JETS (29-37-6)

TV: 8 p.m. ET, SNP, TSN3, NHL.TV

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets will be without defenseman Toby Enstrom when they face the Vancouver Canucks at MTS Centre on Tuesday.

Enstrom will have knee surgery Thursday and is out indefinitely. Coach Paul Maurice said that Enstrom's injury dated to November and they have decided to shut him down.

"It's just getting worse, and it continues to get worse," Maurice said of the injury. "He is not recovering enough on his days off for the pain to subside."

Winnipeg recalled defenseman Julian Melchiori from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis to replace Enstrom. Melchiori will skate with Tyler Myers.

Maurice will also move rookie Nic Petan to the first line with center Mark Scheifele and right wing Blake Wheeler.  

"I've liked the way he has looked when he has come up," Maurice said. "There is some balancing with this too with [Mathieu] Perreault (concussion) out."

Drew Stafford will move to the second line as the Jets continue to battle a crush of injuries. Last in the Western Conference, Winnipeg has lost nine of its past 12 games and 15 of its past 19 home games as a four-game homestand continues.

"As far as the dynamic [of the team], you have to rely on the experience and veterans that you have to [get through it]," Stafford said. "Nobody in here is happy with where we're at [and] with what happened this [season]."

Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec will start for the Jets and oppose Jacob Markstrom.

The Canucks begin a three-game road trip having lost four straight games. Alexandre Burrows will be on the top line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Coach Willie Desjardins will also move Brendan Gaunce to center. Jared McCann will play on the wing.

"It's kind of two-fold," Desjardins said of the moves with Gaunce and McCann. "One, it's to look at Gaunce [at center]. The other is to look at McCann on the wing."

Vancouver has been shut out in each of its past two games.

"Not scoring has been frustrating," Canucks center Bo Horvat said. "At the same time….we've scored goals all [season], there is no reason why we shouldn't [Tuesday]."

Here are the projected lineups:


Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alexandre Burrows

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat - Jake Virtanen

Chris Higgins - Brendan Gaunce - Alexandre Grenier

Jared McCann - Linden Vey - Emerson Etem

Dan Hamhuis - Nikita Tryamkin

Ben Hutton - Alex Biega

Andrey Pedan - Matt Bartkowski

Jacob Markstrom

Ryan Miller

Injured: Derek Dorsett (upper body), Alexander Edler (fractured tibia), Markus Granlund (upper body), Jannik Hansen (ribs), Luca Sbisa (upper body), Brandon Sutter (broken jaw), Christopher Tanev (undisclosed), Radim Vrbata (lower body), Yannick Weber (upper body)


Nic Petan - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler

Marko Dano - Alexander Burmistrov - Drew Stafford

Chris Thorburn - Adam Lowry - Matt Halischuk

Chase De Leo - Andrew Copp - Scott Kosmachuk  

Jacob Trouba - Dustin Byfuglien

Julian Melchiori - Tyler Myers

Ben Chiarot - Paul Postma

Ondrej Pavelec

Michael Hutchinson

Injured: Joel Armia (lower body), Grant Clitsome (back), Nikolaj Ehlers (eye), Toby Enstrom (knee), J.C. Lipon (undisclosed), Bryan Little (neck), Anthony Peluso (upper body), Mathieu Perreault (concussion), Mark Stuart (hand) 

Scratched: None

Status report: Desjardins said he was not sure whether Weber would be cleared to play…Enstrom had played all 72 games this season before Tuesday.

Who's hot: Wheeler has a goal and three assists in his past five games.

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