Time: 7:00 CT
TV: TSN 3
Radio: TSN 1290
The Winnipeg Jets have 15 games remaining in the regular season to try to claim a wildcard playoff spot. There are basically six teams fighting for two wildcard spots in the Western Conference, including the Nashville Predators who fortunately for the Jets were thrashed last night by the Edmonton Oilers.
In a narrative that has repeated itself all season, the Jets are banged up. Patrik Laine will test out his bruised left foot during a morning skate and may be back in the line up tonight. The good news is that Josh Morrissey returns tonight and will be paired up with Dylan DeMelo, giving the Jets their best top pairing of the season. Mathieu Perreault and Adam Lowry are back practicing in non contact jerseys. Luca Sbisa and Sami Niku will not be returning any time soon.
The Jets played well last Saturday night in a close loss to a very hot Edmonton team. However, the Jets are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games, and moral victories mean nothing at this point in terms of making the playoffs. Buffalo will not make the playoffs this year, and are 5 – 5 in their last 10 games. The Vegas Golden Knights are in Winnipeg Friday night, and the Jets remaining games are against some of the teams they are battling for that last playoff spot. Essentially, tonight’s home game against the Buffalo Sabres is a must win game.
Kyle Connor - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler
Jansen Harkin - Andrew Copp – Jack Roslovic
Nikolaj Ehlers - Cody Eakin - Mason Appleton
Gabriel Bourque - Nick Shore - Logan Shaw
Josh Morrissey - Dylan DeMelo
Dmitry Kulikov - Neal Pionk
Nathan Beaulieu - Tucker Poolman
D Carl Dahlstrom, D Luca Sbisa, D Sami Niku, F Patrik Laine, F Mathieu Perreault, F Adam Lowry, F Bryan Little, F Mark Letestu, D Dustin Byfuglien (suspended)
Victor Olofsson - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart
Jimmy Vesey - Marcus Johansson - Dominik Kahun
Jeff Skinner - Curtis Lazar - Wayne Simmonds
Zemgus Girgensons – Johan Larsson - Kyle Okposo
Rasmus Dahlin - Colin Miller
Brandon Montour - Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe - Henri Jokiharju
G Linus Ullmark, F Tage Thompson, F Vladimir Sobotka