The (23-22-6) Winnipeg Jets are in Tampa tonight for their third meeting of the season against the (22-23-4) Lightning.
TSN 1290's pregame show begins at 5:30pm ct with Rick Ralph. Colour analyst Shane Hnidy joins me for the play-by-play live from the Tampa Bay Times Forum at 6:30pm ct.
Dustin Byfuglien returns to the Winnipeg line-up after missing the last 16 games due to injury.
Alexander Burmistrov will also play tonight for the first time in three games.
Ondrej Pavelec will make his third consecutive start in goal.
Jets Projected Lines:
The Jets are 1-1 against Tampa Bay this season, outscoring them 5-3.
The Lightning are one of the hottest teams in the NHL and are currently on a five-game winning streak. Nashville has also won five in a row.
Mathieu Garon, who is on a personal four-game winning streak, will start his third straight game in goal.
Martin St. Louis is on a seven-game point streak (three goals and nine assists)
Former Manitoba Moose forward Pierre Cedric Labrie will play his eighth NHL game tonight. He has one assist and 10 penalty minutes (two fights), since being recalled from the AHL's Norfolk Admirals.
Not playing for the Lightning tonight due to injury are Ryan Malone, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Mattias Ohlund, Adam Hall and Dana Tyrell.
The Jets are four points ahead of the Lightning for third place in the Southeast Division standings.