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Munz: Jets host Islanders looking to inch closer to playoffs

Brian Munz

3/4/2014 2:27:41 PM

The Winnipeg Jets host the New York Islanders in their lone appearance  of the season tonight at MTS Centre in a 7pm ct face off.

The (30-26-6) Jets trail Dallas by two points for a Western Conference Wild Card playoff spot.  The Stars, with 68 points following a 3-2 win over Buffalo last night, have one game in hand on Winnipeg.

Ondrej Pavelec will start his third straight game in goal.  In his last two starts, Pavelec is 2-0, with a 1.44 goals against average and .961 save percentage.

Head Coach Paul Maurice confirmed yesterday forward James Wright is out indefinitely with a ankle injury.  Matt Halischuk is expected to replace him.  Halischuk has missed the last 28 games due to injury.

Jets Projected Lines:

Ladd-Little-Frolik
Setoguchi-Scheifele-Wheeler
Kane-Jokinen-Byfuglien
Halischuk-Slater-Thorburn

Bogosian-Enstrom
Stuart-Trouba
Pardy-Ellerby

In the only other game played between these teams this season, Devin Setoguchi scored the game winning goal as the Jets were 3-2 winners over the Islanders in New York November 27.

The Islanders have lost their last two games and four of their last five entering tonight.

Anders Nilsson will start in goal.

Head Coach Jack Capuano would not confirm his line up for tonight saying “he had not talked to his General Manager”.

Islanders Projected Lines:

Vanek-Strome-Okposo
Grabner-Nielsen-Bailey
Lee-Nelson-Clutterbuck
Martin-Cizikas-McDonald

de Haan-Hamonic
Strait-MacDonald
Hickey-Visnovsky