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About the Jets - 04-03-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Jets.

When and where: 8 p.m. EDT. MTS Centre.

TV: Root Sports, TSN-Jets.

Record: 34-33-11, 85 points. The Jets are in sixth place in the Central Division.

Leading Scorer: Blake Wheeler (right), 64 points (27 goals, 37 assists).

Last Game: 2-1 road shutout win against the Coyotes, Tuesday. Ondrej Pavelec made 28 saves for the Jets.

Last Game against the Penguins: 6-5 road loss, Jan. 5. Evander Kane had two goals and an assist for the Jets.

Jets Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Bryan Little He has a seven-game scoring streak.

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: Jets center Olli Jokinen (1,164 games/1,035 penalty minutes) is one of three players selected in the 1997 draft in Pittsburgh who have played in over 1,000 NHL games and accumulated more than 1,000 penalty minutes. The others are Wild left winger and former Penguin Matt Cooke (1,011 games/1,122 penalty minutes) and Sharks captain/center Joe Thornton (1,202 games/1,017 penalty minutes).

Best Jets/Thrashers Video We Could Find: Thrashers goaltender Pasi Nurminen making a bizarre save with his right skate against the Maple Leafs in 2002-03:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (36-18-4, 2.36 GAA, .916 SV%) for the Penguins. Ondrej Pavelec (21-25-7, 3.01 GAA, .902 SV%) for the Jets.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Marcel Goc ("lower body"), Evgeni Malkin (foot) and Joe Vitale ("upper body") are out. Right wingers Chris Conner (foot), Pascal Dupuis (knee), defenseman Kris Letang (stroke) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Jets, defensemen Zach Bogosian ("upper body"), Keaton Ellerby ("lower body"), goaltender Al Montoya (undisclosed), center Mark Scheifele ("lower body") and right winger Chris Thorburn ("lower body") are doubtful. Defenseman Grant Clitsome ("upper body") and center James Wright ("lower body") are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not hold formal line rushes at today's morning skate. Consider this a guess at the lines and defensive pairings:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 22 Lee Stempniak
19 Beau Bennett - 36 Jussi Jokinen - - 18 James Neal
17 Taylor Pyatt - 16 Brandon Sutter - 49 Brian Gibbons
15 Tanner Glass - 27 Craig Adams - 59 Jayson Megna

3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen
44 Brook Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
41 Robert Bortuzzo - 4 Rob Scuderi

The Jets' expected lines and defensive pairings are:

16 Andrew Ladd - 18 Bryan Little - 67 Michael Frolik
33 Dustin Byfuglien - 12 Olli Jokinen - 26 Blake Wheeler
9 Evander Kane - 58 Eric O’Dell - 15 Matt Halischuk
27 Eric Tangradi - 19 Jim Slater - 14 Anthony Peluso

5 Mark Stuart - 8 Jacob Trouba
39 Tobias Enstrom - 4 Paul Postma
2 Adam Pardy - 25 Zach Redmond

Notes:

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

-Martin is expected to return to the lineup after being sidelined due a hand injury.

-Orpik has appeared in 699 career games.

-Adams has 99 career assists.

-Byfuglien has 298 career points.

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(Photo: Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

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