The Winnipeg Jets are in tough against the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks on Monday night, but if their game is anything like the last one, it promises to be a dandy.
The Jets shocked the entire NHL on January 21st, when they handed the Ducks their first regulation loss at home in 20 games this season. Since then, the Jets have been up and down, and are currently far out of a playoff spot with the season winding down. The Ducks are currently first in their division, and plan on retaining that lead for a first-round date against a Wild Card team.
The Jets will start Ondrej Pavelec for the second straight game, after he only lasted one period in their loss to the L.A. Kings on Saturday night. The Ducks will go with Jonas Hiller after having the night off on Saturday when they defeated the Vancouver Canucks.
The Jets will include Zach Redmond into their defensive corps, with injuries to Keaton Ellerby and Zach Bogosian. Mark Scheifele, James Wright, and Chris Thorburn are all out of the lineup. Devin Setoguchi could be a healthy-scratch for the third straight game, with the forward lines looking the same at the morning skate. Michael Hutchinson will back-up Pavelec, with Al Montoya suffering a minor lower-body injury.
Here’s tonight’s viewing info:
TV: TSN Jets (Non-Regional: KDOC)
TIME: 9:00 PM Central
RADIO: TSN 1290
My Prediction: The Ducks show the beat-up Jets why they’re a serious Stanley Cup contender. Teemu Selanne scores in his final game against the Jets, in a 4-1 Anaheim win. Pavelec lasts the whole game, although just barely.
Here’s to hoping I’m wrong!
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