Munz: Jets look to extend Canucks misery, stay in playoff hunt

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Brian Munz
3/12/2014 1:23:07 PM
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The Winnipeg Jets begin a three game home stand at MTS Centre tonight with a 6:30pm ct face-off against the Vancouver Canucks.

The (30-28-8) Jets and (29-28-10) Canucks each have 68 points and currently sit six points behind Dallas for a Western Conference Wild Card playoff spot.  The Stars, winners of three straight, have one game in hand on Winnipeg and two games in hand on Vancouver.

Due to an injury to forward John Albert Monday night in Colorado, the Jets recalled forward Eric O'Dell from the AHL's St. John's IceCaps.  He has two goals and an assist in 14 NHL games this season.  In 39 AHL games, O'Dell has 16 goals and 22 assists.

Chris Thorburn returns to play after missing the last three games due to an upper body injury.

Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal.  He has a 1-3 record lifetime against Vancouver with a 3.04 goals against average and .910 save percentage.

Jets Projected Lines:

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

Bogosian-Enstrom
Stuart-Trouba
Pardy-Ellerby

Dustin Byfuglien has scored three goals in his last two games.

Vancouver did not have a pregame skate this morning so their lineup will not be confirmed until game time.

Eddie Lack is expected to start in goal.  His record is 1-1 against the Jets this season with a 2.94 goals against average and .900 save percentage.

Tonight is Henrik Sedin's 1000th NHL game. In 999 games, the 33 year old has 192 goals and 641 assists for 833 points.  He is the first Canuck in franchise history to play 1000 games all with Vancouver.

This is the third and final game of the season between these teams.  Each team won on home ice, the Jets by a 4-3 score and Canucks 2-1.

Chris Thorburn (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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