NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, February 28th
(All times Eastern)
New Jersey Devils (10-5-4) at Winnipeg Jets (9-9-1), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Winnipeg Jets will shoot for their second win against
the New Jersey Devils in less than a week when they host Thursday's battle at
The Jets recently wrapped up an excellent five-game road trip with a 4-1-0
record and the fourth contest of that swing was in New Jersey, where Winnipeg
notched a 4-2 win on Sunday. Evander Kane scored the go-ahead goal in the
second period and Andrew Ladd added an insurance tally in the third for the
Jets, who closed the trek with a victory over the New York Rangers.
New Jersey has been idle since that loss, but the club did place starting
goaltender Martin Brodeur on injured reserve in the interim. The 40-year-old
netminder is dealing with a sore back, which caused Brodeur to pull himself
out of the lineup prior to Sunday's game against Winnipeg.
Johan Hedberg, who surrendered four goals on 27 shots in Sunday's loss, is
expected to get the start in Thursday's rematch. New Jersey recalled Keith
Kinkaid from its AHL affiliate in Albany to take Brodeur's spot on the roster.
Kinkaid has never made an appearance in the NHL.
Winnipeg hopes to carry some momentum back home with it after improving its
road record to 6-4-1 during its recent swing. The Jets were just 14-22-5 away
from the MTS Centre in 2011-12.
Kane and Olli Jokinen each scored a pair of goals to help the Jets close the
trip with Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Rangers. Kane added an assist and has
recorded at least a point in eight straight games, giving him the longest
current point streak in the NHL. He has six goals and four assists during the
Anthony Peluso and Ron Hainsey each added a pair of assists for the Jets,
who used a three-goal second period and a solid 30-save effort from
Ondrej Pavelec to prevail.
"It was a big win," said Jokinen afterward. "Overall, this trip was good."
The Devils are going through a rough patch right now, having lost two straight
and four of their last five games. As a result of the slump, Jersey currently
trails Pittsburgh by two points for the top spot in the division.
New Jersey hopes three full days off can help it get back on track as it
begins a three-game road trip Thursday in Winnipeg. The Devils are 4-3-2 as
the guest this season and have lost two of their last three road tilts.
The Devils have won six of their last eight against the Jets/Thrashers
franchise. The clubs have split two meetings in Winnipeg since the franchise
relocated from Atlanta prior to the 2011-12 campaign.
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