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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, 27.03.2013 / 5:47 PM / 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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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 49 17 23 10 40
B. Little 49 18 20 10 38
B. Wheeler 49 13 23 11 36
D. Byfuglien 49 12 20 9 32
M. Perreault 46 15 14 2 29
M. Frolik 49 10 16 6 26
M. Scheifele 49 7 19 4 26
E. Kane 34 10 12 6 22
A. Lowry 48 6 9 3 15
J. Trouba 33 5 9 5 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 14 4 2 .935 1.90
O. Pavelec 12 11 6 .911 2.52
 
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