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Laine game-time decision for Winnipeg; Anaheim could be without Lindholm to begin homestand

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

JETS (6-6-0) at DUCKS (7-6-0)

10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, PRIME, TSN3, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Patrik Laine will be a game-time decision when the Winnipeg Jets play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Tuesday.

Laine left practice on Monday after colliding with teammate Luca Sbisa. Jets coach Paul Maurice said Laine was "dealing with some nicks." The Jets did not hold a morning skate Tuesday.

Laine, who has 113 goals in the last three-plus seasons, hasn't missed an NHL game since March 26, 2017 (illness) during his rookie season.

The Ducks open a season-long seven-game homestand after concluding a 1-3-0 road trip.

 

Players to watch

Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck has 95 saves on 99 shots in his past three starts, increasing his save percentage to .933, tied for fourth-best in the League. He's 5-0-1 in six NHL starts against Anaheim with a .932 save percentage and 1.94 goals-against average.

Anaheim rookie forward Max Comtois has two goals and an assist in a three-game point streak.

 

They said it

"We've moved into the middle of the pack on our goals-against basis, and if we can fight our way to the top 10 with an inexperienced group, we can be pretty proud of our defensive game." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice

"We're certainly going to need a response back home," -- Ducks forward Adam Henrique following the road trip

 

Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp -- Logan Shaw -- Jack Roslovic

Mathieu Perreault -- David Gustafsson -- Gabriel Bourque

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Dmitry Kulikov -- Neal Pionk

Carl Dahlstrom -- Anthony Bitetto

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Ville Heinola, Luca Sbisa

Injured: Mark Letestu (undisclosed), Nathan Beaulieu (upper body), Mason Appleton (foot)

Suspended: Adam Lowry, Dustin Byfuglien


Ducks projected lineup

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Max Comtois

Rickard Rakell -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Troy Terry

Devin Shore -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Michael Del Zotto -- Cam Fowler

Josh Mahura -- Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Larsson -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Nicolas Deslauriers, Brendan Guhle

Injured: Ondrej Kase (upper body), Josh Manson (lower body), Hampus Lindholm (lower body)

 

Status report

Lowry will begin serving a two-game suspension for boarding Calgary Flames defenseman Oliver Kylington on Saturday at the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Jets recalled Shaw from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Monday to fill Lowry's spot in the lineup. Sbisa was claimed off waivers on Wednesday one day after he signed a free-agent contract with Anaheim. ... Lindholm participated in the morning skate after missing the 5-2 loss at the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday with a lower-body injury but likely won't play. Mahura was recalled from San Diego on Tuesday and would take his spot in the lineup.

 

Stat pack

The Jets rank last in the League on the penalty kill at 64.0 percent (16-for-25). … The Ducks have scored on 3 of 31 powers-play opportunities this season (9.7 percent).

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