Jan 21, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Adam Pardy (2) is pursued by Anaheim Ducks center Nick Bonino (13) in the third period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Winnipeg Jets Take On Pacific-Leading Anaheim Ducks: Preview

They may be at different ends of the playoff picture, but the Winnipeg Jets (33-33-9) and Anaheim Ducks (48-18-8) are sure to have a spirited tilt on Monday night in California.

The Jets are 1-1 in their past two games against the Ducks’ California counterparts, the San Jose Sharks, and most recently, L.A. Kings. The Ducks are back home following a 5-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. In their last meeting on January 21st, the Jets shocked the entire NHL, becoming the first team to defeat the Ducks at home in regulation. Since then, however, the Jets have fallen from grace after becoming one of the hottest teams in the NHL, and are now slated to miss the playoffs for the seventh straight year. The Ducks have clinched a playoff birth, and are currently in a battle for first in the Pacific Division.

The Jets have a tough decision to make in goal, with three goaltenders on their active roster after Michael Hutchinson was recalled yesterday. Ondrej Pavelec wasn’t stellar in his return from injury, and Al Montoya did a respectable clean-up job in his eighth straight game, after leading the team out on to the ice for the second period. The Ducks have an easier plan: Jonas Hiller. The Swiss national goaltender is 29-11-7 this season with a .913% save percentage and 2.41 GAA.

The Jets are without Keaton Ellerby, who left the game against the Kings and did not return. Zach Bogosian is also doubtful after missing the last three, meaning that either Zach Redmond or Ben Chariot could draw into the lineup after being recalled on Sunday. Mark Scheifele, James Wright, and Chris Thorburn are also out long-term.

Ducks’ captain Ryan Getzlaf left their game against the Canucks after blocking a shot, and did not return. However, he is expected to be in the lineup on Monday. Cam Fowler is out with a sprained MCL, and Mark Fistric is doubtful after missing the Ducks’ past two games with an undisclosed lower-body injury.

The Jets will have to continue to be a thorn in the side of playoff-bound teams, after positives in both the win against the San Jose Sharks, and the loss to the Kings on Saturday. Winnipeg is one of only seven teams to defeat the Ducks at home, and have a surprising 10-6-2 record against the Pacific Division this season. The Ducks are also impressive against the Jets’ Central Division, at 11-7-0.

 

You can see the game on TSN Jets, and listen live on TSN 1290 radio. The action gets underway from the Honda Center at 9:00 PM Central time.

 

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