Munz: Jets set to face Lightning minus Bishop, Stamkos

Brian Munz
1/7/2014 2:15:17 PM
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The Winnipeg Jets host the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 7pm ct start at MTS Centre.

It's the second and final meeting between these teams.  Mark Scheifele scored the overtime winner for Winnipeg in Tampa December 7th.  The Jets are 7-2-2 against the Lightning in their last nine games.

The (19-21-5) Jets are sixth in the Central Division with 43 points.  They are six points behind Phoenix who currently hold the Central Division Wild Card.

Ondrej Pavelec (11-17-4, 3.06, .901) starts in goal.

Anthony Peluso and Keaton Ellerby are expected to be the healthy scratches.

Winnipeg is on a 3 game winning streak at MTS Centre.

Evander Kane has three goals and an assist in his last three games.

The (25-13-4) Lightning are third in the Atlantic Division with 54 points.  They trail second place Montreal by one point and are four back of division leading Boston.

Tampa has won five of their last six road games.

Anders Lindback (3-8-1, 3.21, .883) will start in goal. 

Ben Bishop is currently injured, so the Tampa recalled Cedrick Desjardins from the AHL's Syracuse Crunch to be tonight's back up.

Ondrej Palat is on a six game point streak that includes two goals and five assists.

Teddy Purcell has five assists in his last four games.

Nikita Kucherov has scored one goal in three consecutive games.

Tampa has a 5-0-1 record against the Central Division this season.

Following tonight's game, the Jets are off until Saturday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Bryan Little and Adam Hall (Photo: Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
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