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The Jets will be licking their lips and ready to win. Will they rock the Hurricanes?

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 6:30 CST

TV: TSN 3

Radio: TSN 1290

Introduction:

This is the time of year when NHL teams start looking over their shoulders. And when the Jets look, they can see Central Division rivals quickly gaining on them in the fight for playoff position. St. Louis Blues have won their last two games; Dallas Stars have won their last four; and the Minnesota Wild shut out the Tampa Bay Lightning last night. I’m officially in panic/losing sleep level of worry that a week from now we may be talking about the Jets hanging on for a wildcard playoff spot. With only 16 games remaining, every game is important now for the Jets. They cannot afford a losing streak. Things will not be easy tonight as the Hurricanes have been playing very well and are in a playoff fight of their own. It looks like Laurent Brossoit will get the start tonight in goal, and Adam Lowry and Bryan Little will be in the line up despite missing practice on Thursday.

Random Prediction:

Andrew Copp scores a front of the net, grinder type goal

WINNIPEG JETS

Forwards

Patrik Laine-Mark Scheifele-Blake Wheeler

Kyle Connor-Kevin Hayes-Nikolaj Ehlers

Brandon Tanev-Adam Lowry-Bryan Little

Mathieu Perreault-Andrew Copp-Jack Roslovic

Defence

Nathan Beaulieu-Jacob Trouba

Dmitry Kulikov-Tyler Myers

Ben Chiarot-Sami Niku

Goalies

Laurent Brossoit

Connor Hellebuyck

Injuries

D Dustin Byfuglien (ankle, week-to-week), D Josh Morrissey (upper body, indefinitely), D Joe Morrow (lower body, week-to-week)

CAROLINA HURRICANES

Forwards

Nino Niederreiter-Sebastian Aho-Justin Williams

Micheal Ferland-Jordan Staal-Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov-Jordan Martinook-Brock McGinn

Warren Foegele-Lucas Wallmark-Greg McKegg

Defence

Jaccob Slavin-Dougie Hamilton

Brett Pesce-Justin Faulk

Calvin de Haan-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Goalies

Petr Mrazek

Curtis McElhinney

Injuries

None