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About the Jets - 01-25-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Jets.

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

TV: Root, TSN.

Record: 1-1-1, 3 points. The Jets are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference and second place in the Southeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Tobias Enstrom (right), 4 points (0 goals, 4 assists).

Last Game: 4-2 road win against the Capitals, Tuesday. Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler each had a goal and an assist for the Jets.

Last Game against the Penguins: 8-4 road loss, March 20, 2012. James Neal had a hat trick and an assist for the Penguins.

Jets Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Alexander Burmistrov. He had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in four games against the Penguins last season.

Ex-Penguins on the Jets : Alexei Ponikarovsky, LW; Chris Thorburn, RW.

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

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

Best Jets/Thrashers Video We Could Find: Stock up on your Vitamin J:

Probable goaltenders: Tomas Vokoun (1-0-0, 3.00 GAA, .912 SV% in 2011-12) for the Penguins. Ondrej Pavelec (1-1-1, 2.27 GAA, .929 SV% in 2011-12) for the Jets.

Injuries: For the Penguins, they are reporting no injuries. For the Jets, defenseman Zach Bogosian ("upper body") is out. Right winger Antti Miettinen ("upper body") is on injured reserve.

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

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Tyler Kennedy - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Matt Cooke - Brandon Sutter - Tanner Glass
Eric Tangradi - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams

Matt Niskanen - Kris Letang
Brooks Orpik - Paul Martin
Deryk Engelland - Ben Lovejoy

-The Jets' expected lines and defensive pairings are:

Evander Kane - Olli Jokinen - Blake Wheeler
Andrew Ladd  - Bryan Little - Nik Antropov
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Aexander Burmistrov - Kyle Wellwood
Chris Thorburn - Jim Slater - James Wright

Tobias Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien
Ron Hainsey - Mark Stuart
Paul Postma - Grant Clitsome

Notes:

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

-Welcome back Ben Lovejoy to the lineup. (PG+)

-Welcome back Tanner Glass to Winnipeg.

-A look at how the Penguins use their top four defensemen and how it correlates to the penalty kill.

-Marc-Andre Fleury has 22 career shutouts. He needs one more to surpass goaltender Tom Barrasso for most in franchise history.

-Crosby has 612 career points. He needs two more to surpass Ron Francis (613) for fourth-most in franchise history.

-"You don’t want to be caught making ‘Hope’ plays against this team." - Jets coach Claude Noel.

-"It's the reigning MVP and the reigning greatest player in the world who has been injured coming at you." - Hainsey on playing Malkin and Crosby.

-Bogosian's injury is forcing the Jets to play Byfuglien more than usual.

-Our live blog, direct from our couch, begins at approximately 7:55 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

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