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JETS (26-18-4, 60 PTS) @ PENGUINS (26-12-8, 60 PTS)

PRE-GAME BUZZ: The Penguins looking to avoid a five game losing streak, have won 20 of 23 games against the Jets/Thrashers franchise…..Winnipeg currently in the top wildcard spot in the West, come in on a five game winning streak, averaging 4.20 goals per game during the streak…… Kris Letang, David Perron (cold), Patric Hornqvist (foot) are officially game time decisions but all three are expected to play…… Thomas Greiss tonight’s Penguins starter has made 1 career start vs the Jets, making 21 saves on 22 shots in an overtime loss…….
The Jets will surprisingly start Ondrej Pavelec (12-10-6, 2.46 GAA). Pavelec has horrible numbers in his NHL career vs Pittsburgh with a 2-12-1 record, 4.21 GAA and .870 save percentage. Michael Hutchinson (14-4-2, 1.90 GAA) ranks second in the NHL with a 1.90 goals-against average…..Mathieu Perreault (15-14-29) returns to the lineup for the Jets after missing the last two games. He had a four goal game on Jan 13 and is on pace for a career high 26 goals….Depth? The Jets have an NHL high seven players with at least 10 goals……

JETS LINEUP

Andrew Ladd – Bryan Little – Blake Wheeler
Mathieu Perreault – Mark Scheifele – Michael Frolik
Evander Kane – Adam Lowry – Chris Thorburn
Matt Halischuk – Jim Slater – Anthony Peluso
DEFENSEMEN
Ben Chiarot – Dustin Byfuglien
Tobias Enstrom – Zach Bogosian
Jay Harrison – Jacob Trouba
Goaltender
Ondrej Pavelec

PENGUINS LINEUP

Beau Bennett- Brandon Sutter – Patric Hornqvist
Chris Kunitz – Nick Spaling – David Perron
Mark Arcobello – Marcel Goc -Steve Downie
Zach Sill – Andrew Ebbett – Craig Adams
Defensemen
Paul Martin – Kris Letang
Christian Ehrhoff – Robert Bortuzzo
Rob Scuderi – Simon Despres
Goaltender
Thomas Greiss

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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