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About the Jets - 01-04-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Jets.

When and where: 1 p.m. EST. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports, TSN-Jets.

Record: 19-20-5, 43 points. The Jets are in sixth place in the Central Division.

Leading Scorer: Bryan Little (right), 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists).

Last Game: 4-1 road loss to the Bruins, yesterday. Ondrej Pavelec made 25 saves for the Jets.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-0 road shutout, March 28, 2013. Al Montoya made 39 saves for the Jets.

Jets Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Dustin Byfuglien. He has three points in his past two games.

Ex-Penguins on the Jets: Eric Tangradi, LW; Chris Thorburn, RW.

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

Useless Jets/Thrashers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Pavelec has the third most career losses of any Czech-born goaltender. Only Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun and former Blackhawks/Sabres/Red Wings/Senators goaltender Dominik Hasek (223) have more.

Best Jets/Thrashers Video We Could Find: Former Stars right winger Adam Burish throwing a glove of Tanner Glass, then of the Jets, into the crowd, during a game in the 2011-12 season:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (23-10-1, 2.15 GAA, .921 SV%) for the Penguins. The Jets have not indicated if Al Montoya (8-3-1, 2.02 GAA, .929 SV%) or Ondrej Pavelec (11-17-4, 3.06 GAA, .901 SV%) will start.

Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Chuck Kobasew ("lower body") is day to day. Defensemen Kris Letang ("upper body"), Paul Martin (leg), right winger Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), Chris Conner (hand), Pascal Dupuis (knee), centers Andrew Ebbett (ankle), Evgeni Malkin ("lower body"), Jayson Megna ("lower body"), and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Jets, defensemen Grant Clitsome ("upper body"), Paul Postma ("lower body"), right winger Matt Halischuk ("upper body") and center Jim Slater ("lower body") are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not hold a morning skate. Their primary lines and defensive pairings at yesterday's practice were:

 14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 18 James Neal
36 Jussi Jokinen - 16 Brandon Sutter - 49 Brian Gibbons
17 Taylor Pyatt - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams
15 Tanner Glass - 36 Zach Sill - 5 Deryk Engelland

58 Kris Letang Rob Scuderi
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Matt Niskanen - 3 Olli Maatta
44 Brooks Orpik - 47 Simon Despres

-The Jets did not hold a morning skate. Their primary lines and defensive pairings against the Bruins yesterday were:

16 Andrew Ladd - 18 Bryan Little - 26 Blake Wheeler
9 Evander Kane - 55 Mark Scheifele - 67 Michael Frolik
22 Chris Thorburn - 12 Olli Jokinen - 40 Devin Setoguchi
27 Eric Tangradi - 17 James Wright - 14 Anthony Peluso

7 Keaton Ellerby - 33 Dustin Byfuglien
39 Tobias Enstrom - 8 Jacob Trouba
5 Mark Stuart - 44 Zach Bogosian

Notes:

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

-Dan Bylsma (231) trails Eddie Johnson (232) by one win for the most coaching wins in franchise history.

-Scuderi has appeared in 599 career games.

-Our live blog begins at approximately noon. Please tune in.

(Photo: Derek Leung/Getty Images)

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