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Brian Munz
3/16/2014 3:18:54 PM
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The Winnipeg Jets host the Dallas Stars in a 7:00ct face off tonight at MTS Centre.

The Jets (30-29-9) have 69 points and trail the Stars (32-23-11) by six points for a Western Conference Wild Card playoff spot.  Dallas has two games in hand on Winnipeg.

Due to a lower-body injury sustained by Ondrej Pavelec Friday night vs the Rangers, Al Montoya will start in goal.  It's Montoya 17th start of the season.  Michael Hutchinson, who was recalled from AHL St. John's will be the back up goalie.  This is the second NHL regular season game Hutchinson will dress for.  His first was March 4, 2012 when he backed up current Stars starting goalie Tim Thomas with the Boston Bruins against the New York Rangers.

Patrice Cormier is also up from the IceCaps.  He has played three games with the Jets this season.

Jets Projected Lines:

Ladd-Little-Frolik
Byfuglien-Jokinen-Wheeler
Kane-O'Dell-Setoguchi
Tangradi-Cormier-Peluso

Bogosian-Enstrom
Stuart-Trouba
Pardy-Ellerby

Bryan Little is on a four-game point streak (one goal and four assists).

Michael Frolik is on a three-game point streak (one goal and two assists).

Andrew Ladd has scored in back-to-back games.

Dallas is coming off a 4-3 shootout loss Friday night at home against Calgary.  The Stars have earned seven of a possible eight points in their last four games.

Tim Thomas will start in goal.

Stars Projected Lines:

Benn-Seguin-Nichushkin
Cole-Eakin-Sceviour
Whitney-Mueller-Chaisson
Garbutt-Fiddler-Roussel

Goligoski-Daley
Benn-Dillon
Gonchar-Connauton

Jamie Benn has scored four goals in his last four games.

Tyler Seguin is on a six-game point streak (four goals and six assists).

Antoine Roussel has scored in back-to-back games.

Tonight is the fourth of five regular season games between these Central Division rivals with Dallas earning five of a possible six points so far.  Tyler Seguin has led the Stars with four goals and four assists.  Blake Wheeler has scored three goals for the Jets.

Following tonight's game, the Jets will fly to St. Louis and play the Blues tomorrow night at 7:00ct (TSN 1290 & TSN Jets).

Al Montoya (Photo: Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
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