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Game Preview: Jets vs Hurricanes

The Jets are in Raleigh, North Carolina to take on division-rival Carolina Hurricanes, Tuesday night.

Monday, 25.03.2013 / 5:51 PM / Preview
By Mike Morreale  - NHL.com Staff Writer
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Game Preview: Jets vs Hurricanes
The Jets host the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday night before hitting the road for a pair.

JETS (17-14-2) at HURRICANES (15-13-2)

TV: TSN-JETS, FS-CR

Last 10: Winnipeg 6-3-1; Carolina 4-5-1

Season series: This marks the second of four meetings between the Southeast Division rivals. The clubs will again meet on Saturday at MTS Centre. The Jets won the series opener on Feb. 21 in Raleigh, 4-3, when captain Andrew Ladd had a goal and two assists and Blake Wheeler scored twice.

Big story: The Staal brothers in Carolina, Eric and Jordan, wore visors at practice last Friday at Raleigh Center Ice with the intention of wearing them regularly for the first time in their NHL careers beginning Tuesday against Winnipeg. The decision was obviously influenced by the events surrounding their injured brother, Marc, of the New York Rangers. Marc Staal was hit in the right eye with a puck during a game on March 5 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden and remains out indefinitely.

"It's a decision that's been brewing for a little while," Eric told Carolina's website. "I just feel like the risk isn't worth it right now."

Team Scope:

Jets: Defenseman Tobias Enstrom returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing the previous 19 games with a shoulder injury and paired with Dustin Byfuglien as Winnipeg snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Enstrom scored his third goal of the season midway through the second period to give the Jets a 3-1 lead. Goalie Ondrej Pavelec, who was making his 10th straight start, made 23 saves against the Lightning.

Hurricanes: Carolina's winless streak extended to five games last Thursday in a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils at PNC Arena. Jeff Skinner broke the shutout bid for Devils goalie Martin Brodeur with a power-play goal in the third period, but the Hurricanes were trailing 3-1 at that point. The good news for the Hurricanes was the return of Tuomo Ruutu, who played his first game of the season after undergoing hip surgery in December.

"We're all about accountability, and some guys have to look in the mirror and get their game going and get the work boots on because that's what it's going to take," coach Kirk Muller said. "It's playoff hockey right now. Everything is cranked up, everything is harder and you have to earn your space."

Who's hot: Hurricanes captain Eric Staal has two goals, seven points and a plus-2 rating in the past seven games. … Byfuglien has two goals and nine points in the past eight games for Winnipeg and leads the team in average ice time per game (24:58) through 28 matches.

Injury report: Jets defensemen Ron Hainsey (undisclosed) and Mark Stuart (undisclosed) are questionable; defender Zach Redmond (thigh) and forwards Jim Slater (upper body) and Anthony Peluso (hand) are out. … Hurricanes defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti (upper body) is questionable while defensemen Justin Faulk (knee) and Joe Corvo (lower body), and goalie Dan Ellis (left leg) are out.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 34 23 9 2 106 67 48
3 STL 33 21 9 3 100 81 45
4 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
5 SJS 34 19 11 4 97 87 42
6 WPG 34 17 10 7 83 80 41
7 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 32 14 13 5 95 109 33
12 COL 33 12 13 8 85 101 32
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 34 7 20 7 74 116 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 34 11 12 1 23
B. Wheeler 34 9 14 2 23
B. Little 34 12 10 3 22
D. Byfuglien 34 8 10 -1 18
M. Scheifele 34 6 12 2 18
M. Frolik 34 7 10 7 17
M. Perreault 33 6 9 0 15
E. Kane 24 6 7 2 13
J. Trouba 31 4 8 3 12
T. Enstrom 22 1 8 -1 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 7 2 2 .940 1.73
O. Pavelec 10 8 5 .913 2.34
 
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