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Munz: Pavelec gets start as Jets face Lightning on TSN 1290

Brian Munz

3/24/2013 3:12:45 PM

The Winnipeg Jets (16-14-2) conclude a four-game homestand tonight (7:00pm ct on TSN 1290 / TSN Jets) versus the Tampa Bay Lightning (13-17-1) at MTS Centre.
 
The Jets lead the Southeast Division standings by two points over Carolina and are five point ahead of the fourth place Lightning.
 
Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal for the Jets, who are coming off back-to-back loss to Washington Thursday and Friday. 
 
Toby Enstrom returns to action after missing the last 19 games due to injury.
 
Ron Hainsey will not play due to an upper body injury.
 
Tonight is the final game of a three-game road trip for the Lightning.  A 4-2 loss in Toronto Wednesday and 5-3 setback yesterday afternoon in Ottawa ultimately cost head coach Guy Boucher his job.
 
General manager Steve Yzerman told TSN 1290 today he informed Boucher upon arrival last night in Winnipeg he was being relieved of his duties.
 
Assistant coaches Dan Lacroix, Martin Raymond and Steve Thomas will guide the team tonight.
 
Cedric Desjardins is expected to start in goal.
 
Tyler Johnson is on a four-game point streak (three goals and three assists).
 
Vincent Lecavalier, Mattias Ohlund and Ryan Malone are not on the trip due to injury.
 
Tampa has outscored Winnipeg 9-5 in the first two games of the regular season series where each team has won once.  Steven Stamkos leads the Lightning in scoring with two goals and two assists in those games.  The Lightning come back to MTS Centre for one more visit this season on April 16.
 
Next action for the Jets is Tuesday night in Carolina (6:00ct on TSN 1290 / TSN Jets).