The (19-19-2) Winnipeg Jets continue a six-game homestand at MTS Centre tonight against the (16-17-6) Buffalo Sabres.
Winnipeg trails Washington by two points for first place in the Southeast Division standings, and are currently two points behind the New York Islanders for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Ondrej Pavelec
starts his sixth consecutive game in goal. In eight games lifetime against Buffalo, Pavelec has just two regulation losses. Grant Clitsome
(one goal, one assist), Alexander Burmistrov
(one goal, one assist) and Andrew Ladd
(two assists) are on two-game point streaks.
The Jets are 0-for-19 in their last six games on the power play. Anthony Peluso
, Jim Slater
and Zach Redmond
will not play tonight due to injury.
The Sabres are on a three-game winning streak and trail the Islanders by four points for a playoff spot. Ryan Miller
will start his fifth straight game in goal. Steve Ott
is on a three-game goal scoring streak. Jochen Hecht
is on a two-game point streak (one goal, two assists).
Buffalo has the worst power play in the NHL entering this game, working at 12 per cent. Alexander Sulzer
is the lone Sabre on the Injured Reserve list.
As for the head-to-head season series so far, the Jets beat the Sabres 2-1 in Buffalo on Feb. 19. Following that game, Lindy Ruff was relieved of his duties as Head Coach. The Sabres host Winnipeg April 22 for the third and final meeting this year.