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Munz: Jets make lone visit to Vancouver to face Canucks

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Brian Munz
12/22/2013 1:34:06 PM
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The Winnipeg Jets open a two-game road trip tonight in Vancouver.
 
It's a 7pm ct face off on TSN 1290 Radio and TSN Jets TV.
 
Due to the 5pm local time start, neither team had a pregame skate this morning.
 
This is the Jets' lone appearance in Vancouver this season. The remaining two regular season games between these teams will be at MTS Centre.
 
The (16-16-5) Jets are sixth in the Central Division with 37 points. They trail fifth-place Dallas by three points, and are one point ahead of seventh-place Nashville. The Stars have two games in hand on Winnipeg while the Predators have one.
 
Winnipeg has two players, Andrew Ladd and Evander Kane, who are from British Columbia.
 
Mark Scheifele is on a five-game point streak (three goals, four assists).
 
Kane has two goals and two assists in his last three games.
 
For just the second time this season, Bryan Little is without a point in two straight games after being held off the scoresheet Friday at home against Florida.
 
Anthony Peluso is available to the Jets to play tonight after serving his three-game suspension.
 
The (21-11-6) Canucks are fourth in the Pacific Division with 48 points. They trail third-place San Jose by two points and are four up on fifth-place Phoenix. The Sharks have two games in hand on Vancouver while the Coyotes have three.
 
Kevin Bieksa will play his 500th NHL game tonight. He is the lone Canuck to register a point in his last two consecutive games with two assists.
 
Former Jet Mike Santorelli leads the Canucks at plus-14.
 
25-year-old defenceman Yannick Weber has four points (one goal, three assists) in four games lifetime against the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise.

There are eight current Canuck players that played with the AHL's Manitoba Moose: Jannik Hansen (129 games) Ryan Kesler (111 games),  Alex Burrows (107 games), Kevin Bieksa (108 games), Jordan Schroeder (72 games), Eddie Lack (53 games), Alex Edler (51 games), and Chris Tanev (39 games).
 
Lack and Tanev were on the last Moose team to play in the AHL before the NHL returned to Winnipeg.
 
The Canucks have won their last five games in a row on home ice.
 
Vancouver has the number one penalty kill in the NHL at 90 per cent.

Following tonight's game, the Jets fly to Edmonton and play their final game before the Christmas break tomorrow against the Oilers (8:30ct on TSN 1290 / TSN Jets).

Mark Scheifele Jacob Trouba (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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