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Game Preview: Jets @ Penguins

The Jets are in Pittsburgh to try to snap the Penguins 13-game winning streak, and win their third in a row.

Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 4:47 PM CT / Preview
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Game Preview: Jets @ Penguins
The Jets are in Pittsburgh to try to snap the Penguins 13-game winning streak.

JETS (18-14-2) at PENGUINS (26-8-0)

TV: TSN-JETS, ROOT

Last 10: Winnipeg 6-3-1; Pittsburgh 10-0-0

Season series: This is the rubber match of the three-game season series between the Pittsburgh and Winnipeg and the first game at Consol Energy Center. The Jets won the first meeting, 4-2, on Jan. 25; the Penguins won the second meeting, 3-1, on Feb. 15.

Big story: The Penguins have won 13 straight, four shy of the NHL record set by Mario Lemieux and Co. in 1992-93. Pittsburgh defenseman Douglas Murray, who was acquired on Monday in a trade from the San Jose Sharks, will make his debut for the team.

Team Scope:

Jets: They've won two straight since losing back-to-back games to the Washington Capitals by a combined 10-1 score.

Winnipeg has taken a six-point lead in the Southeast Division and is on its way to securing at least the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

"We're trying to forget about that Washington mini-series as much as possible," Evander Kane told reporters following the Jets 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. "I think we've responded here in these last two games real well. We knew we couldn't dwell on what happened with Washington and we needed to move on and move forward."

Kane broke a three-game pointless drought with a goal and three assists to pace the Jets in Carolina. Nik Antropov, Tobias Enstrom and Olli Jokinen also scored for the Jets against the Hurricanes. Enstrom has goals in back-to-back games.

Penguins: Pittsburgh has won 13 straight while dealing with key injuries to Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin. Marc-Andre Fleury is on that list now, too.

Fleury was injured in a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday and had to leave the game. He's still being evaluated, but he likely will not start Thursday night.

Letang returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing three games, but he's out again, back on injured reserve because of a broken toe. The Penguins recalled Simon Despres to fill Letang's spot on the roster.

Malkin, who hasn't played since March 9 because of an upper-body injury, is still considered day-to-day. He's been skating with the team and it's possible he gets back in the lineup Thursday against the Jets.

Regardless of all the injuries, Pittsburgh will welcome a new addition to the lineup Thursday as Murray is expected to make his Penguins' debut. He arrived in Pittsburgh on Tuesday after being traded to the Penguins on Monday.

"He's going to bring a lot," captain Sidney Crosby said.

Who's hot: Kane will look to build on his four-point night in Carolina, where Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec stopped 38 of 39 shots. He has allowed only three goals against 64 shots in the past two games. … Crosby continues to pace the Penguins. He scored the lone goal in the win over the Canadiens and has nine points over a five-game point-scoring streak. He leads Steven Stamkos by 11 points in the NHL's scoring race.

Injury report: Jets defensemen Mark Stuart (undisclosed) and Zach Redmond (thigh) as well as forwards Jim Slater (upper body) and Anthony Peluso (hand) have been out of the lineup. … The Penguins will be without Letang (broken toe). Fleury (sore neck) and Malkin are questionable.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 76 24 37 12 61
B. Wheeler 74 25 34 24 59
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 76 14 32 9 46
D. Byfuglien 67 18 27 6 45
D. Stafford 70 16 25 -15 41
M. Frolik 76 17 23 4 40
M. Perreault 57 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 66 14 15 -19 29
T. Myers 66 7 19 -9 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 15 7 .917 2.39
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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