NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, April 18th
(All times Eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (17-23-2) at Winnipeg Jets (22-19-2), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Winnipeg Jets try to keep their perfect homestand
intact on Thursday night and post their longest winning streak in over two
years as they take on the rival Carolina Hurricanes.
The Jets have won four straight for the first time this season, picking up a
victory in the first four of a six-game homestand. Winnipeg's current run
comes on the heels of five straight losses and has the club tied with the New
York Rangers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Winnipeg is also four points behind the Washington Capitals for first place in
the Southeast Division, a spot that will likely come with the third seed in
the upcoming playoffs. The Jets and Caps both have five games left to play and
will battle in Washington on April 23.
The Caps are visiting the Ottawa Senators tonight, while the Rangers, who have
six games remaining, are hosting the Florida Panthers.
Despite blowing a two-goal lead in the third period on Tuesday, the Jets
rebounded to best the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in a shootout. Andrew Ladd and
Mike Santorelli both scored in the bonus frame, while Ondrej Pavelec made 24
saves through overtime before stopping both skaters he faced in the shootout.
Ladd also had two goals and an assist in regulation, giving him four goals and
five assists over a five-game point streak.
"At the end of the day, we had some big goals in the shootout and we got our
two points, so we'll take it and move on," Ladd remarked.
Winnipeg will try to win five straight for the first time since relocating
from Atlanta and for the first time since the Thrashers claimed six in a row
from Nov. 19-30, 2010.
The Hurricanes continue to play out the string and have lost eight of nine and
15 of their past 17 games. The club was last in action on Tuesday, when it
dropped a 3-2 decision to the Senators.
Justin Faulk and Eric Staal both tallied in the setback, while Justin Peters
made 31 saves.
Carolina forward Jeff Skinner is doubtful for this game after suffering an
upper body injury versus the Sens. Skinner took a big hit and was holding his
head down on the ice before exiting.
The Jets had won three straight and six of their previous eight versus the
Hurricanes before Carolina notched a 3-1 victory in Winnipeg on March 30 in
the most recent encounter. The 'Canes have won eight of the last 10 as the
visitor in this series.
04/18 10:58:51 ET