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Preview: Jets at Blue Jackets

Columbus tries to keep hopes for second place in Metro alive; Winnipeg goes for sixth straight win

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

JETS (38-35-7) at BLUE JACKETS (49-22-8)

7 p.m. ET; FS-O, TSN3, NHL.TV


Jets team scope

Forward Jack Roslovic and goaltender Eric Comrie will each make his NHL debut for the Winnipeg Jets, who go for their sixth straight victory. Roslovic, 20, is the first Columbus-born player to reach the NHL and formerly played for the Ohio AAA Midget Blue Jackets. His parents are Columbus Blue Jackets season ticket holders. "This is not only for me and my family but the whole city," he said. "I know a lot of kids I talk to in the AAA program ask me questions and even look up to me, so being able to do this is something they can see." Roslovic, Winnipeg's first-round pick (No. 25) in the 2015 NHL Draft, had 45 points (13 goals, 32 assists) in 65 games for Manitoba of the American Hockey League before being called up on Monday. Comrie, 21, was taken in the second round (No. 59) in the 2013 draft. He was 17-25-2 with a 2.98 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage for Manitoba this season. "I'm excited to just go out there, have fun and enjoy the moment," Comrie said. Each of the Jets' past five victories have come after trailing in the second period. Winnipeg has not won six straight games since the franchise relocated from Atlanta in 2011.


Blue Jackets scope

The Blue Jackets have clinched at least third in the Metropolitan Division with 106 points and are three points behind the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins. They will play the Penguins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and if the Blue Jackets lose on Thursday and the Penguins defeat the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh will have home-ice advantage. The Blue Jackets have lost four straight games for the first time this season. "We're fine," coach John Tortorella said. "We're going to go about our business and play the right way every day." Columbus is 2-4-2 in its past eight games, having been outscored 19-12. The Blue Jackets have scored more than two goals once in that span. The Blue Jackets are 0-for-16 on the power play in the past eight games and 11-for-101 (10.9 percent) since Jan. 5. "We've got these last three games to get our heads on straight and get the power play going," forward Matt Calvert said. "You always want to get the kinks out." Columbus is 28-11-1 at Nationwide Arena with one game remaining. Its win total and 57 points at home are the most in a season for the Blue Jackets.


Jets projected lineup

Mathieu Perreault -- Bryan Little -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Joel Armia

Brandon Tanev -- Jack Roslovic -- Chris Thorburn

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Julian Melchiori -- Dustin Byfuglien

Mark Stuart -- Nelson Nogier

Eric Comrie

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Marko Dano, Brian Strait, Michael Hutchinson, Nic Petan, Kyle Connor
Injured: Toby Enstrom (concussion), Tyler Myers (lower body), Ondrej Pavelec (lower body), Shawn Matthias (upper body), Paul Postma (lower body), Ben Chiarot (upper body)


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Nick Foligno -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson

Brandon Saad -- Alexander Wennberg - Sam Gagner

Matt Calvert -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson

Scott Hartnell -- Boone Jenner -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Markus Nutivaara -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Scott Harrington -- Kyle Quincey

Joonas Korpisalo

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: Lauri Korpikoski

Injured: David Clarkson (back), Ryan Murray (hand), Lukas Sedlak (upper body), Zach Werenski (upper body)


Status report

Calvert returns after being a healthy scratch against Pittsburgh on Tuesday. He replaces Sonny Milano, who was returned to Cleveland of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.


Who's hot

Scheifele has 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in his past 19 games. Wheeler has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in his past 11 games. Perreault has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his past 10 games. Laine scored twice in a 5-2 win against. the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. …  The Blue Jackets have been successful on 56 of 64 penalty kills (87.5 percent) in their past 30 games.

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