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Munz: Jets welcome Kane back to face Western-leading Ducks

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Brian Munz
1/21/2014 4:17:20 PM
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The Winnipeg Jets begin a two game California road trip against the Anaheim Ducks tonight.

Following Saturday's 3-2 overtime win against Edmonton, Winnipeg has won three straight games since the arrival of Head Coach Paul Maurice.  A win tonight would tie the Jets season high of four straight wins set in mid-November against Nashville, San Jose, Detroit and Philadelphia.

The (22-23-5) Jets are seventh in the Central Division with 49 points. They trail Vancouver and Minnesota by 10 points for a Western Conference Wild Card playoff spot.

Ondrej Pavelec (14-19-4, 3.02, .899, 1 SO) will start his sixth straight game in goal.

Evander Kane returns to action after missing the last four games due to an infection in his hand.

Jets Projected Lines:

Ladd-Little-Frolik
Kane-Scheifele-Wheeler
Setoguchi-Jokinen-Byfuglien
Thorburn-O'Dell-Peluso

Enstrom-Bogosian
Trouba-Stuart
Pardy-Ellerby

Jacob Trouba has scored three goals in his last two games.

Mark Scheifele has scored in back to back games.

Bryan Little is on a four game point streak which includes two goals and four assists.

Blake Wheeler has  one goal and four assists in his last three games.

Anaheim is coming off a 3-2 win in St. Louis Saturday.  They have won nine of their last 10 games.

The Ducks are on a 10-game winning streak at the Honda Center and have yet to lose in regulation time on home ice this season.  Their record is 20-0-2.

The (37-9-5) Ducks are first in the Pacific Division with 79 points. They lead second place San Jose by nine points.

Jonas Hiller (23-5-4, 2.37, .914, 3 SO) will start in goal.  His 14 game personal winning streak ended Saturday in St. Louis.

Ducks Projected Lines:

Beleskey-Getzlaf-Perry
Palmieri-Bonino-Silfverberg
Winnik-Koivu-Cogliano
Maroon-Perrault-Selanne

Beauchemin-Lindholm
Fowler-Lovejoy
Fistric-Allen

Ryan Getzlaf has scored in back-to-back games and also has three assists in his last three games.

Corey Perry has two goals and four assists in his last three games.

This is the second of three games between these teams this season.  Andrew Ladd had both Jet goals October 6th at MTS Centre as Winnipeg lost 3-2 to Anaheim.

Following tonight's game, the Jets fly to San Jose and play the Sharks Thursday night (9:30ct on TSN 1290 and TSN Jets).

Kane Scheifele Trouba (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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