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It’s up to you Jets. Do you want to win the Central Division? Then take care of business in Denver!

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Colorado Avalanche Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 8:00 CT

TV: TSN 3

Radio: TSN 1290

Introduction:

Playoff hockey is almost here, and the Jets have lost five of their last seven games. Yes Jets fans, there is cause for alarm. A win tonight in Denver at least guarantees them home ice advantage in round one of the playoffs. It won’t be easy for the Jets as Colorado needs to win tonight as they are still battling the Arizona Coyotes for the final wildcard spot. Brandon Tanev is out courtesy of a slash to the hand/wrist from Eric Staal. It looks like Par Lindholm will take his place in the line up.

Jet fans will also be watching the out of town scoreboards hoping for Nashville and St. Louis losses. I hope that the players only meeting, combined with the memory of the 7 – 1 pasting the Jets took last time they were at the Pepsi Center motivates the Jets. Perhaps the team should watch some video footage of the Jets from April 2018. Remember that team? That was you! Play like them!

Random Prediction:

Adam Lowry goal. If anyone remembers the beat down last time in Denver, it is Lowry.

WINNIPEG JETS

Forwards

Kyle Connor - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler

Bryan Little - Kevin Hayes - Patrik Laine

Mathieu Perreault - Adam Lowry - Nikolaj Ehlers

Par Lindholm - Andrew Copp - Jack Roslovic

Defence

Nathan Beaulieu - Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot - Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov - Tyler Myers

Goalies

Connor Hellebuyck

Eric Comrie

Injuries

G Laurent Brossoit (lower body, day-to-day), D Josh Morrissey (upper body, indefinitely), RW Brandon Tanev (finger/hand, day-to-day)

COLORADO AVALANCHE

Forwards

Alexander Kerfoot - Nathan MacKinnon - JT Compher

Gabriel Landeskog - Carl Soderberg - Colin Wilson

Matt Nieto - Tyson Jost - Matt Calvert

Gabriel Bourque - Derick Brassard - Sven Andrighetto

Defence

Samuel Girard - Erik Johnson

Ian Cole - Tyson Barrie

Nikita Zadorov - Patrik Nemeth

Goalies

Philipp Grubauer

Semyon Varlamov

Injuries

C Vladislav Kamenov (shoulder, indefinitely), RW Mikko Rantanen (undisclosed, day-to-day).