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Munz: Jets wrap up trip with matinee against Penguins

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Brian Munz
1/5/2014 9:14:34 AM
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The Winnipeg Jets conclude a three-game road trip this afternoon with a 12pm ct start against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Jets are 0-2 after falling in Ottawa Thursday and yesterday afternoon in Boston.

Both line-ups will not be known until players take to the ice for warm up.

The (19-20-5) Jets remain sixth in the Central Division and lead seventh place Nashville by one point. Winnipeg is six points behind Phoenix who currently hold the Central Division Wild Card.

Dustin Byfuglien has scored in back-to-back games and also has an assist on this road trip.

Forward Eric O'Dell and defenceman Adam Pardy are the two healthy players with the team and are options for Head Coach Claude Noel.

The (30-12-1) Penguins lead the Metropolitan Division with 61 points and have a 15-point advantage over second place Philadelphia and the third-seeded Capitals.

Pittsburgh, who is coming off a 5-2 win over the Rangers Friday night, has the best home ice record in the Eastern Conference at 18-3. Much of that success revolved around Sidney Crosby who has eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points in his last 15 games at Consol Energy Center.

Crosby is on a four-game point streak of three goals and five assists.

Lifetime against Atlanta/Winnipeg, Crosby has 15 goals and 29 assists for 44 points in 25 games.

Chris Kunitz has seven points, including three goals in his last three games.

Evgeni Malkin has missed the last nine games due to a lower body injury, but did take part in full practice yesterday.

Pittsburgh has the NHL's best power play at 26 per cent, scoring 37 goals this season.

Their penalty kill on home ice also leads the league at 93 per cent.

A win today would tie Penguins Head Coach Dan Bylsma with Eddie Johnston for the franchise coaching record of 232 victories.

Following today's game, the Jets return home for three games at MTS Centre starting Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Sidney Crosby Evgeni Malkin (Photo: Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)
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