About the Jets - 03-20-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Jets.

When and where: 7 p.m. EDT; Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports, TSN-Jets.

Record: 34-30-8, 76 points. The Jets are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference and third place in the Southeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Blake Wheeler (right), 59 points (17 goals, 42 assists).

Last Game: 4-3 home loss to the Hurricanes, Sunday. Antti Miettinen had two goals for the Jets.

Last Game against the Penguins: 8-5 road loss, Feb. 11. Evgeni Malkin had a goal and four assists for the Penguins.

Jets Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Wheeler. He has 20 points in his past 14 games.

Ex-Penguins on the Jets: Chris Thorburn, RW.

Ex-Thrashers/Jets on the Penguins: Jason Botterill, assistant general manager; Pascal Dupuis, RW; Chris Kunitz, LW; Todd Reirden, assistant coach.

Useless Thrashers/Jets Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Two former Penguins have served as captain of the Thrashers/Jets franchise. Left winger Kelly Buchberger and right winger Shawn McEachern.

Best Thrashers/Jets Video We Could Find: Jets fans tautned Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin Friday with a "Crosby's Better" chant:

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Probable goaltenders: Brad Thiessen (2-0-0, 2.01 GAA, .917 SV%) for the Penguins and Ondrej Pavelec (27-24-7, .2.78  GAA, .910 SV%) for the Jets.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Joe Vitale ("upper body") is questionable. Goaltender Brent Johnson (undisclosed) is day to day. For the Jets, right winger Eric Fehr ("upper body") is day to day. Right winger Chris Thorburn ("lower body") is doubtful. Center Nik Antropov ("lower body") is out.

-Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Steve Sullivan - Jordan Staal - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Sidney Crosby - Tyler Kennedy
Eric Tangradi - Craig Adams - Arron Asham

Kris Letang - Paul Martin
Brooks Orpik - Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen - Deryk Engelland

-The Jets primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheelers
Evander Kane - Alexander Burmistrov - Kyle Wellwood
Tim Stapleton - Ben Maxwel - Antti Miettinen
Tanner Glass - Jim Slater - Spencer Machacek

Tobias Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien
Ron Hainsey - Zach Bogosian
Colin Stuart - Randy Jones


-The last time the Jets played the Penguins, this happened:

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-Malkin has 199 career goals.

-Orpik has 97 career assists.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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