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Winnipeg tries for 10th win in 13 games this month; Anaheim 3-5-4 in past 12

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

JETS (15-9-1) at DUCKS (11-11-4)

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

The Game

The Winnipeg Jets will try for their 10th win in 13 games when they play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Friday.

The Jets are 9-2-1 since a 7-4 loss at Anaheim on Oct. 29. Winnipeg opened a three-game California trip on Wednesday with a 5-1 win against the San Jose Sharks, its largest margin of victory this season.

The Ducks are 3-5-4 since Oct. 29 against the Jets. Anaheim is coming off a 4-3 shootout loss at the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday, getting goals from rookies Brendan Guhle, Sam Steel and Troy Terry.


Players to watch

Jets forward Patrik Laine has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past six games. He did not play in the previous game against the Ducks because of an undisclosed injury.

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler has six points (one goal, five assists) during a four-game point streak.


They said it

"When [the power play] is going, you can't stop it. Too many options. We just have to keep building that confidence and get it to where we want it to be." -- Jets forward Blake Wheeler on their power play

"When you've got all these young guys, if we can get going and kind of help and push along the way, I think it will take our team a long way." -- Ducks forward Troy Terry


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Mathieu Perreault

Joona Luoto -- David Gustafsson -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Dmitry Kulikov -- Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto -- Luca Sbisa

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Carl Dahlstrom

Injured: Nathan Beaulieu (upper body), Mason Appleton (foot), Gabriel Bourque (lower body), Bryan Little (ear), Dustin Byfuglien (ankle)


Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Troy Terry

Max Jones -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Jacob Larsson

Cam Fowler -- Erik Gudbranson

Brendan Guhle -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Michael Del Zotto, Devin Shore

Injured: Josh Manson (lower body)


Status report

Bitetto had an assist after returning to the lineup against the Sharks for the first time since Nov. 5. He replaced Beaulieu, who is day to day.


Stat pack

Since allowing five goals on 19 shots against the Ducks, Hellebuyck has allowed two goals or fewer in six of nine starts this month with a .937 save percentage. ... The Ducks and Jets each had a player score his first NHL goal in their last game; Guhle for Anaheim and Gustafsson for Winnipeg. ... Getzlaf has eight points (two goals, six assists) during a six-game point streak.

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