Feb 4, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little (18) shots the puck in against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Winnipeg Jets defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #71 At Winnipeg Jets

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Feb 27, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler (26) skates on the ice during the second period against the Phoenix Coyotes at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

A day after losing to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Carolina Hurricanes are back on the road to take on the Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.
 
The Jets won a February matchup by a 2-1 score.
Hurricanes’ LineupEric Staal – Jordan Staal – Alexander Semin

Jeff Skinner – Riley Nash – Chris Terry

Nathan Gerbe – Andrei Loktionov – Patrick Dwyer

Drayson Bowman – Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak

 

Andrej Sekera – Brett Bellemore

Ron Hainsey – Ryan Murphy

Jay Harrison – Mike Komisarek

 

Anton Khudobin/Cam Ward

Injuries and scratches (as of 3/20): Elias Lindholm (illness), Jiri Tlusty (lower-body injury), Justin Faulk (illness), John-Michael Liles (concussion).

Jets’ Lineup
Andrew Ladd – Bryan Little – Michael Frolik
Eric Tangradi – Olli Jokinen – Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane – Eric O’Dell – Devin Setoguchi
Matt Halischuk – Patrice Cormier – Anthony Peluso
 
Keaton Ellerby – Tobias Enstrom
Jacob Trouba – Mark Stuart
Paul Postma – Adam Pardy
 
Al Montoya/Michael Hutchinson
Possible Scratches: Mark Scheifele, James Wright, Dustin Byfuglien, John Albert, Chris Thorburn, Grant Clitsome and Ondrej Pavelec (Injured).

Hurricanes’ Outlook

The Hurricanes defense let them down last night, and the team will desperately need a rebound even if it’s not playing an offensively gifted team like the Blackhawks.

One player that could really improve is Andrej Sekera, who had one of his random bad games that he has every now and then.

Anton Khudobin played fine last night, but Cam Ward is likely to be the starter.

Jiri Tlusty and John-Michael Liles both missed last night and I would be surprised if they are back in the lineup tonight.

Jets’ Outlook

Ever since former Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice took over, the Jets have been on a turnaround and for the first time since the team moved to the city, it looks like the playoffs could be a possibility.

However, the team still has a fight in front of it with six points separating the Jets from the last wild card spot and an unhealthy 3-4-3 record in their last 10. One thing that could be the cause of that is a deal of injuries, especially the ones bothering Mark Sheifele, Dustin Byfuglien and Ondrej Pavelec.

Winnipeg will come into this one hungry and playing a team that is pretty much out of the playoff race entirely. Canes may be able to catch them by surprise, but the Jets will try to not make that a possibility.

Blake Wheeler leads the team with 59 points in 71 games. Brian Little has 55 in 71.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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