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Winnipeg looks to extend lead in Central; Anaheim has won six of nine

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

JETS (43-25-4) at DUCKS (30-35-9)

10 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN3, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Winnipeg Jets can extend their lead in the Central Division to three points when they play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Wednesday.

The Jets have won three consecutive games and hold a one-point lead over the Nashville Predators for the division lead. The Jets have 10 games remaining and the Predators have eight, including a game in Winnipeg on Saturday.

The Ducks have won six of their past nine games (6-3-0). All six wins have come against teams competing for playoff spots. The Ducks are nine points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

Anaheim allowed six goals in the first period of its last meeting against the Jets on Feb. 2 in Winnipeg. The Ducks went on to lose 9-3, tying a team record for the most goals allowed in a game.

 

Players to watch

Jets forward Blake Wheeler has 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in his past 13 games

Anaheim forward Jakob Silfverberg has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his past nine games.

 

They said it

"There's no panic in our game and we keep playing four lines and everyone contributes. It just shows the quality of our team." -- Jets forward Kevin Hayes

"They're a good team, but we're going to show them tonight that we still have a good team and we kind of owe them one." -- Ducks forward Nick Ritchie

 

Jets projected lineup

Patrik Laine -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Kyle Connor -- Kevin Hayes -- Nikolaj Ehlers

Brandon Tanev -- Adam Lowry -- Bryan Little

Mathieu Perreault -- Andrew Copp -- Jack Roslovic

Joe Morrow -- Jacob Trouba

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Ben Chiarot -- Sami Niku

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Mason Appleton, Par Lindholm, Bogdan Kiselevich, Matt Hendricks

Injured: Dustin Byfuglien (ankle), Josh Morrissey (upper body), Nathan Beaulieu (unspecified)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Daniel Sprong

Rickard Rakell -- Devin Shore -- Jakob Silfverberg

Corey Perry -- Adam Henrique -- Troy Terry

Max Jones -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Cam Fowler -- Andy Welinski

Jaycob Megna -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: None

Injured: Chad Johnson (upper body), Brendan Guhle (upper body), Ryan Kesler (hip), Jacob Larsson (thigh)

 

Status report

Morrow is set to return after missing the past 14 games with a lower-body injury, replacing Beaulieu, who is day to day. ... Roslovic, who recorded his first NHL hat trick in the 9-3 win against the Ducks last month, returns to the fourth line after serving as a healthy scratch in the 3-2 win at the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. ... Larsson is doubtful because of a thigh bruise. Welinski is set to move into the starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 23.

 

Stat pack

Winnipeg is 33-11-2 over the past three seasons during March and April. ... Getzlaf has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past two games.

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