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Munz: Jets wrap up first half schedule against Avalanche

Brian Munz
12/29/2013 1:56:18 PM
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The Winnipeg Jets conclude the first half of their 82-game regular season schedule tonight in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Jets (17-18-5) are sixth in the Central Division with 39 points. They are 10 points behind the third place Avalanche (23-11-3).  Colorado has three games in hand on Winnipeg.

This is the third of five games this season between these teams. Colorado has won the first two games by scores of 3-2 and 4-3. Blake Wheeler leads the Jets while Matt Duchene leads the Avalanche with three goals and one assist each in those games.

Al Montoya (6-2-1, 2.14, .923) will start in goal for the Jets. He has won his last four starts and has earned nine of a possible 10 points in his last five games.

Jets Projected Lines:

Ladd-Little-Wheeler
Kane-Scheifele-Frolik
Thorburn-Jokinen-Setoguchi
Tangradi-Wright-Peluso

Ellerby-Byfuglien
Enstrom-Trouba
Stuart-Bogosian
 
Andrew Ladd and Olli Jokinen each have one goal and two assists in their last two games.

Colorado enters the game winless in their last three games following a 7-2 loss in Chicago on Boxing Day.

Semyon Varlamov (16-8-3, 2.37, .926) will start in goal.

Avalanche Projected Lines:

O'Reilly-Duchene-MacKinnon
Landeskog-Statsny-Parenteau
McGinn-Mitchell-Talbot
McLeod-Cliché-Bordeleau

Johnson-Hejda
Benoit-Sarich
Barrie-Wilson

Gabe Landeskog has scored in back to back games.

Following tonight's game, the Jets return to Winnipeg and close out the 2013 calendar year Tuesday at MTS Centre against the Buffalo Sabres (6:00ct on TSN 1290 Radio / TSN).

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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