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Methinks Pavelec will be wearing a hat tonight. And Ladd won't look like Frankenstein
Methinks Pavelec will be wearing a hat tonight. And Ladd won't look like Frankenstein


Next Game

Winnipeg Jets
@ Carolina Hurricanes

Monday, Jan 23, 2012, 7:00 PM EST
RBC Center

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After a dissapointing loss of a point to division rivals on Saturday night, the Winnipeg Jets once again face off against a Southeast division opponent: the Carolina Hurricanes.

As mentioned, the Jets are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Panthers, a game in which they dominated for almost every second, but were denied 41 out of 44 times by Florida goalie Scott Clemmensen. They also fell victim to their own mistakes, as the Jets continuously gave up big pizzas, or turnovers that would cost them and result in goals against. Victories can be hard to come by when you work against yourself.

The Canes are coming off a 2-1 OT loss at the hands of the Islanders in a battle of Eastern conference cellar dwellers.

Keys to the game, Player Numbers and Lineups coming at you after THE JUMP

Keys to the Game:

  • Outscore the opposition
  • Minimize turnovers and sloppy play
  • Traffic in front and pouncing on rebounds. 44 shots should result in more than 3 goals.

Lineups

Jets (GP 48 22-20-6 50 PTS)

Forwards

#8 Alexander Burmistrov -- #18 Bryan Little -- #26 Blake Wheeler

#16 Andrew Ladd -- #80 Nik Antropov -- #13 Kyle Wellwood

#15 Tanner Glass -- #19 Jim Slater -- #22 Chris Thorburn

#17 Eric Fehr -- #28 Patrice Cormier -- #20 Antti Miettinen

Defencemen

#39 Tobias Enstrom -- #6 Ron Hainsey

#29 Johnny Oduya -- #4 Zach Bogosian

#5 Mark Stuart -- #12 Randy Jones

Goaltender

#50 Chris Mason

Sending in the Hurricane Hunter Stone Mason seems logical.

Hurricane (GP 50, 17-24-9 43 PTS)

Forwards

#63 Jeff Skinner -- #36 Jussi Jokinen -- #22 Zac Dalpe

#19 Jiri Tlusty -- #12 Eric Staal -- #15 Tuomo Ruutu

#14 Andreas Nodl -- #16 Brandon Sutter -- #39 Patrick Dwyer

#59 Chad LaRose -- #37 Tim Brent -- #13 Anthony Stewart

Defencemen

#4 Jamie McBain -- #27 Derek Joslin

#44 Jay Harrison -- #28 Justin Faulk

#6 Tim Gleason -- #5 Bryan Allen

Goaltender

#30 Cam Ward

Player to boo mercilessly: Eric Staal. He was good once.

Prediction: Winnipeg 3-2 Carolina. Jets prevail in a game that will be closer than it should be

GO JETS GO!