COACH NOEL'S SUPER-SECRET LINE SELECTION MECHANISM
SNAKE EYES AND PUCK LUCK
Winnipeg (6-8-1) @ Carolina (8-5-1)
After going without a point on their homestand, the Winnipeg Jets kicked off their longest road
trip of the season with a much-needed win.
They'll look to build on that result as they continue the five-game trek Thursday night against
the Carolina Hurricanes, who are hoping to have Jeff Skinner available as these Southeast
Division rivals square off for the first time.
The Jets (6-8-1) gave up three goals in each game during an 0-3-0 homestand before pulling out
a 2-1 victory at Buffalo on Tuesday. Andrew Ladd scored his team-leading eighth goal and Bryan
Little added his third as Winnipeg improved to 5-0-1 when surrendering two goals or fewer.
"The first thing that it does when you win is it brings joy back in your life, which we all
welcome because it's been miserable enough for a while," coach Claude Noel told the league's
official website. "We didn't want to go down the same path we've been for the more-than-enough
times I'd like to think about."
Ondrej Pavelec, who had gone 1-7-0 with a 3.72 goals-against average in his previous eight
appearances before Tuesday, made 29 saves to earn his fourth victory.
"Pavelec was outstanding in this game, he really helped us win," Noel added. "He made some key
saves, he was big in the net, he was really focused and I thought he was outstanding which is
the way we know he's capable of playing."
Pavelec hasn't been very sharp against the Hurricanes over the course of his career, going
3-6-2 with a 4.04 GAA. He's given up at least four goals in eight of 12 starts in this series.
The Jets, though, have compiled a 6-1-2 record in the club's last nine visits to Raleigh.
The Hurricanes (8-5-1) had averaged 3.8 goals during a 5-0-1 stretch before failing to get
anything going in Monday's 3-0 loss at Montreal. Carolina, which was limited to a season-low 19
shots, was without Skinner (upper body) as well as defensemen Joni Pitkanen and Tim Gleason due
to lower-body injuries.
"We just couldn't find that next gear that we've been playing with for a while," coach Kirk
Muller said. "We just didn't have it from the start.
"We're missing some key guys. In a tight game like tonight, Skinner is a game-breaker type of
player. But you're going to have injuries, everyone's going to go through it, and you have to
find a way to win."
Skinner, Pitkanen and Gleason each have a chance to suit up Thursday. Skinner, who has 14
points in 13 games, has notched four goals and seven assists in his last nine against Winnipeg.
Cam Ward stopped 23 of 26 shots Monday in his sixth consecutive road start. The veteran has
allowed 11 goals while going 1-2-0 at home.
Ward is 21-10-4 versus the Winnipeg franchise - his most wins against any team - despite a
lackluster 2.96 GAA. If in goal, he'll face a Jets attack that's scored two goals or fewer in
each of its last six games while going a combined 0 for 13 on the power play.
Winnipeg has killed an NHL-low 68.1 percent of its opponents' chances on the man advantage, but
it's yielded just four goals on 20 opportunities over its last seven games. The Jets held the
Sabres scoreless on three chances Tuesday.
"Our penalty kill has been actually really good (of late)," said Ladd, who spent the first
two-plus seasons of his career with Carolina. "We've kind of turned that around lately and it's
been a big thing and it's going to be a big thing going forward."
Lifted from: Hurricanes @ Jets Preview
GoalieTeamGPGSWLOTSAGAGAASvSv%SOGAPIMTOIOndrej PavelecWPG1312481337352.963020.8960000708:31:00Cam WardCAR1110541323323.192910.9010000601:09:00
SCORING LEADERS - HURRICANES AND JETS
PlayerTeamPosGPGAP+/-PIMPPSHGWOTSS%TOI/GSft/GFO%Eric StaalCARC148917111610405514.520:4527.150.7Jeff SkinnerCARL1377140820005712.318:4923.357.1Andrew LaddWPGL1585132420203423.518:5124.150Tobias EnstromWPGD1321113-380000922.223:5728.10Evander KaneWPGL154812-3161011567.119:1322.650Jordan StaalCARC14210121140000375.419:5627.148.9Blake WheelerWPGR154711-8101010429.517:3422.50Alexander SeminCARR14371010122000496.121:0425.816.7Bryan LittleWPGC153695010112810.719:1924.753.3Jiri TlustyCARC145499610103315.217:3225.29.1Dustin ByfuglienWPGD10347083000319.725:41:00280Justin FaulkCARD13246401100238.723:4829.50Jay HarrisonCARD14246-31500211612.518:3425.40
INJURIES & SCRATCHES
JetsInjurySeverityAntti MiettinenUpper BodyDay to DayTobias EnstromUpper BodyWeek to WeekHurricanesInjurySeverityJoni PitkanenLower BodyDay to DayTim GleasonLower BodyDay to DayJeff SkinnerUpper BodyDay to DayTim BrentLower BodyDay to Day
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Lifted from: Hurricanes @ Jets Preview