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Jets at Ducks preview

Winnipeg goes for sixth win in seven games, Anaheim tries to rebound after loss

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

JETS (13-5-3) at DUCKS (10-8-3)

4 p.m. ET; PRIME, TSN3, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Winnipeg Jets will try for their sixth win in seven games when they play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Friday afternoon.

The Jets remain in second place in the Central Division behind the St. Louis Blues following their 2-1 victory at the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. Winnipeg hasn't won in regulation in Anaheim in its past seven games, including two losses in the Western Conference First Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Ducks are playing the fourth of nine games in 14 days, including three sets of back-to-backs. They lost to the visiting Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 on Wednesday to end a three-game winning streak. They've been outshot 185-104 in the past four games.

 

Players to watch

Winnipeg center Mathieu Perreault has six points (four goals, two assists) in four games since returning from a 12-game absence because of a leg injury. Perreault played for the Ducks during the 2013-14 season.

Anaheim defenseman Josh Manson has three goals in the past four games. He had 10 in his first 198 regular-season games.

 

They said it

"If we lose a game, we bounce back right away. We've played a lot of good games over these 21. We've got to find a way to keep this going and get these points." -- Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers

"We're not creating any time for our [defense] to get the puck out. They're under a lot of pressure and our forwards aren't communicating and helping them break the puck out. They don't have enough time to make plays." -- Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano on the high shots-against totals.

 

Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Brandon Tanev

Mathieu Perreault -- Matt Hendricks -- Joel Armia

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot -- Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Connor Hellebuyck

Steve Mason

Scratched: Shawn Matthias, Marko Dano, Tucker Poolman

Injured : Toby Enstrom (lower body)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Derek Grant -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Chris Wagner -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Antoine Vermette -- Kevin Roy

Mike Liambas -- Dennis Rasmussen -- Logan Shaw

Cam Fowler -- Brandon Montour

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Kevin Bieksa -- Sami Vatanen

Reto Berra

John Gibson

Scratched: Jaycob Megna, Francois Beauchemin, Korbinian Holzer

Injured: Ryan Miller (upper body), Ryan Getzlaf (face), Patrick Eaves (illness), Ryan Kesler (hip surgery), Jared Boll (lower body), Ondrej Kase (upper body)

 
Status reports

Hellebuyck is set to make his 16th start after Mason made 38 saves against the Kings. The Ducks are the only NHL team Hellebuyck has never played. … Gibson could be rested after facing 180 shots in his past four games. The Ducks play at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

 

Stat pack

Laine has at least a point in nine of 10 games this month. He has 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in that stretch. ... Montour has four points (one goal, three assists) in the past three games. He's tied for second among NHL defensemen with six goals.

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