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Preview: Jets at Hurricanes

Winnipeg seeks first win on road trip at Carolina after back-to-back losses

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

JETS (9-9-2) at HURRICANES (6-6-4)

5 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-CR, NHL.TV

 

Jets team scope

Winnipeg has lost the first two games of its five-game road trip, including a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Friday. Conner Hellebucyk is likely to start in goal after Michael Hutchinson made 34 saves against Boston. The Jets had a season-low 12 shots and just two even-strength shots through two periods. "We view this as an outlier in 20 games," Jets forward Blake Wheeler said. "Our challenge is figuring out what went wrong and trying not to duplicate it (Sunday)." The Jets and Hurricanes played the season opener for both teams on Oct. 13. Winnipeg erased Carolina's three-goal lead in the third period before Mark Scheifele scored in overtime for a 5-4 win.

 

Hurricanes team scope

Cam Ward will make his sixth straight start in goal for Carolina, which will try to extend its three-game winning streak. Ward has allowed two goals or fewer in six of his past seven starts. "I feel like I'm in a rhythm," Ward said. "I just feel comfortable and confident in what I'm doing. Just playing with a quiet mind." The Hurricanes are closing out a five-game home stand.

 

Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Marko Dano -- Nicolas Petan -- Blake Wheeler

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Brandon Tanev

Quinton Howden -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Chris Thorburn

Josh Morrissey -- Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom -- Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot -- Paul Postma

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Mark Stuart

Injured: Bryan Little (lower body), Drew Stafford (upper body), Mark Stuart (lower body), Shawn Matthias (lower body) Joel Armia (lower body), Mathieu Perreault (upper body), Tyler Myers (lower body), Kyle Connor (upper body)

 

Hurricanes projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Jordan Staal -- Sebastian Aho

Teuvo Teravainen -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm

Viktor Stalberg -- Derek Ryan -- Lee Stempniak

Brock McGinn -- Jay McClement -- Joakim Nordstrom

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Justin Faulk -- Ron Hainsey

Noah Hanifin -- Matt Tennyson

Cam Ward

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Andrej Nestrasil, Klas Dahlbeck, Ryan Murphy

Injured: Bryan Bickell (multiple sclerosis)

 

Status report

With a 5 p.m. start, neither team is scheduled to have a morning skate. ... Hurricanes coach Bill Peters expects to go with the same lineup he has used for the past three games.

 

Who's hot

Lowry has five goals in November. ... Teravainen has three goals and six points in the past four games. Rask has three goals in the past four games.

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