Dec 29, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (33) pushes Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) from behind in the second period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Winnipeg Jets Attempt To End Skid Against Colorado Avalanche: Preview

The Winnipeg Jets (30-28-7) need a win in a big way, and two points against the Colorado Avalanche (41-18-5) on Monday night would do the trick.

The Jets’ current losing streak has reached three games, with losses to the Los Angeles Kings and Ottawa Senators on Thursday and Saturday. The Avalanche fell to the NHL-leading St. Louis Blues on Saturday, ending their four-game win streak. In the teams’ last meeting on December 29th the Jets surprised the Avalanche taking a 2-1 win in overtime at the MTS Centre. Historically, Winnipeg holds a 3-1-0 record against Colorado.

Winnipeg will start back-up Al Montoya in net after he relieved Ondrej Pavelec half-way through the Jets’ loss on Saturday. Montoya is 10-4-2 with a .927% save percentage and 2.12 GAA in 19 games this season. Semyon Varlamov will be the Avs’ starter, after a 23-save effort to Colorado’s loss to the Blues. Varlamov holds a 31-12-5 record, posting a .925% save percentage and 2.47 GAA.

The Jets are still without centers Mark Scheifele and James Wright, meaning Michael Frolik will center the teams’ top line for the third consecutive game. John Albert will play his 10th career NHL game on the Jets’ fourth line. Chris Thorburn did not travel with the team to Denver, and will not play for the third straight game. Avalanche center Paul Stastny left Saturday’s game against the Blues after tweaking his back. Colorado will make a game-time decision on Stasny’s status for the game. Alex Tanguay is on Injured Reserve after hip surgery.

Winnipeg currently sits five points back of the Dallas Stars for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference with only 17 games remaining, while the Avalanche are firmly in the playoff picture, holding the third spot in the Central Division with an 11 point lead over the Minnesota Wild. The Stars are in action on Monday, facing the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Jets are even .500% on the road with a 15-15-2 record, while the Avalanche have been dynamite at home at 21-9-3. The Jets have been terrible within the Central Division this year with a 7-12-4 record, with the Avalanche holding a 15-6-2 record in the same category.

 

You can watch the game on TSN Jets, or listen live on TSN 1290 radio. Non-regional viewers can see the action on Altitude. Puck drop from the Pepsi Center is at 8:00 PM Central time.

 

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