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Munz: Jets take to the ice at MTS Centre for season finale

Brian Munz
4/7/2012 2:08:08 PM
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The (37-35-9) Winnipeg Jets take to the ice at MTS Centre for the final time tonight as they host the (37-36-8) Tampa Bay Lightning.

TSN 1290's coverage begins with Hustler & Lawless at 3:00 CT live from the Exchange Restaurant.  Rick Ralph hosts the official Jets pregame show at 5:00 CT.  Dennis Beyak, Shane Hnidy and I will have the play-by-play at 6:00 CT.

Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec and Tampa Bay's Dwayne Roloson will be the starting goaltenders.

Dustin Byfuglien is on a three-game point streak (one goal and five assists).

Zach Bogosian is on a two-game point streak (two goals and two assists).

Andrew Ladd has scored three goals in his last two games.

Bryan Little has one goal and two assists in his last two games.

Andrew Ladd will be the only Jet to dress in all 82 regular-season games.

Following tonight's game, Spencer Machacek and Patrice Cormier will join the St. John's Ice Caps for the remainder of the AHL regular season and Calder Cup playoffs.

Jets Projected Lines:

Ladd-Little-Wheeler
Kane-Burmistrov-Antropov
Thorburn-Slater-Miettinen
Stapleton-Cormier-Machacek

Byfuglien-Enstrom
Stuart-Bogosian
Clitsome-Flood

The Lightning come into Winnipeg with all eyes on forward Steven Stamkos, who leads the NHL with 59 goals.

Head coach Guy Boucher has not finalized his roster.  The decision is between using 12 forwards, which includes Tim Wallace, or seven defenceman, including Keith Aulie.

Stamkos, Eric Brewer and Brett Clark will play all 82 Lightning regular-season games.

Lightning Projected Lines:

Malone-Stamkos-St. Louis
Purcell-Lecavalier-Brown
Thompson-Pyatt-Connolly
Wyman-Hall-(Wallace)

Hedman-Brewer
Mikkelson-Gervais
Clark-Lee
(Aulie)

The Jets have a 3-1-1 record against the Lightning this season.  In those games, Dustin Byfuglien leads Winnipeg with two goals and four assists, while Stamkos leads Tampa with three goals and five assists.

A reminder following tonight's game to join Rick Ralph for the TSN 1290 post-game show live in the MTS Centre's Exchange Restaurant.

The Bloggers: TSN Radio 1290 broadcasters Dennis Beyak and Brian Munz cover the Winnipeg Jets all season long. Manitoba-native Beyak is the play-by-play announcer for Jets regional games on TSN Jets and on TSN Radio 1290. Munz serves as a commentator for Jets broadcasts on TSN Radio 1290. Munz had previously been the voice of the Manitoba Moose.

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