After suffering a loss in their last contest at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens, the Winnipeg Jets are back in action tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Jets are going into this game on a bit of a hot streak, 6-2-2 in their last 10 games. They sport an 8-6-2 record on the season, despite a -5 goal differential. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, are 5-6-3 and still a bit battered by injuries.
The Jets will be starting Michael Hutchinson in net tonight, just his third start of the season. After a not-very-good first start, he has saved all 42 shots directed at him in subsequent appearances (one start, one in relief of Ondrej Pavelec). The Hurricanes will start Cam Ward in net, who is looking to continue his bounce-back season.
The game will be broadcast on TSN3.
Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Michael Frolik
Evander Kane - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler
Mathieu Perreault - Adam Lowry - Dustin Byfuglien
TJ Galiardi - Jim Slater - Matt Halischuk
Tobias Enstrom - Zach Bogosian
Mark Stuart - Jacob Trouba
Grant Clitsome - Paul Postma
Michael Hutchinson (starting)
Eric Staal - Victor Rask - Jiri Tlusty
Jeff Skinner - Jay McClement - Alexander Semin
Nathan Gerbe - Riley Nash - Elias Lindholm
Zach Boychuk - Patrick Dwyer - Brad Malone
Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Tim Gleason - Jay Harrison
Ron Hainsey - John-Michael Liles
Cam Ward (starting)
Who to Watch
For the Jets, it's Michael Hutchinson. He's been great since his first start, but it's come in limited action. Let's hope that continues.
For the Hurricanes, it's not so much one player, but two. I'll be interested to see how Victor Rask fares patrolling the middle of the ice, particularly when lined up against a top-line centre like Bryan Little. Similarly, how Eric Staal fares playing on the wing. It seems like a strange decision, moving your best player to where he can only be effective on half the ice.
Who to Boo
Victor Rask. I'm sure he's a perfectly nice kid, but moving a team's best player to the wing, where he can only be effective on half the ice, seems like a silly move and I don't want to support it. Sorry, Victor, but your coach has set you up to take the fall here.
Jets 3 - Hurricanes 2. And Derek complains about the refs.