New York Islanders at Winnipeg Jets, 3:00pm ET
MTS Centre — Winnipeg, MB — MSG+
Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:
The Jets come in on a hot streak, having won five in a row but in true playoff bubble fashion they’re only 5-5 in their last 10. Those five wins have all come against the dregs of the Eastern Conference: Philly, Buffalo, Tampa, Carolina and Florida. Today they’ll face the hottest team they’ve seen in a while, the 10-1-2 in their last 13 Islanders.
Winnipeg has been riding netminder Ondrej Pavelec during the win streak. Pavelec has been in net for each of those games, surrendering a total of 10 goals. But just prior to that was the Islanders and Jets last meeting on April 2nd at the Coliseum. The Islanders put four past Pavelec plus an empty netter to take a 5-2 win in what was Anders Lee’s pro debut.
The Islanders haven’t lost in regulation in April this far, a streak that would easily get them into the post season if it kept going. They will likely have Evgeni Nabokov in goal today. We’ll have the rest of the lineup when it becomes available.
Today’s Projected Lines
Moulson – Tavares – Boyes
Bailey – Nielsen – Okposo
Grabner – Aucoin – McDonald
Joensuu – Cizikas – Martin
Hamonic – MacDonald
Visnovsky – Hickey
Streit – Strait