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Game Day Set-Up: Jets @ Stars

Setting up tonight’s Jets and Stars game with projected lines, starting goalies, games notes and more.

American Airlines Arena

When: Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Time: 7:30 p.m. CST

Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

Records: Winnipeg Jets (22-14-8, 52 points, 5th in West), Dallas Stars (19-16-7, 45 points, 10th in West)

Television/Radio: TSN3, FS-SW/ TSN 1290 Radio

On the Horizon: Friday, January 16th, 2015 on the road against the Chicago Blackhawks (7:30 p.m. CST)

Last Game: 8-2 win over the Florida Panthers

Top Scorers:

Winnipeg Jets: Andrew Ladd (16 goals, 20 assists, 36 points), Bryan Little (16 goals, 18 assists, 34 points), Blake Wheeler (12 goals, 21 assists, 33 points), Dustin Byfuglien (11 goals, 17 assists, 28 points), Mathieu Perreault (15 goals, 13 assists, 28 points)

Dallas Stars: Tyler Seguin (26 goals, 22 assists, 48 points), Jamie Benn (12 goals, 24 assists, 36 points), Jason Spezza (7 goals, 22 assists, 29 points), Alex Goligoski (1 goal, 20 assists, 21 points), Erik Cole (10 goals, 10 assists, 20 points)

Game Day Notes:

– The Jets are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games.

– Jets Road Record: 12-5-5

– The Jets are 16-6-5 this season when they score the first goal of a game.

– Dallas is 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. This is the second of four meetings between the two clubs this year.  The Jets defeated the Stars 5-2 back on December 9th.

As per Shane Hnidy of TSN 1290 Radio, Ondrej Pavelec is expected to start in net for the Jets tonight. In 28 games this season, Pavelec is 10-10-6 with a .909 Save Percentage and a 2.52 Goals Against Average.

– There aren’t expected to be any line-up changes for the Jets tonight.

– Red Hot: Jets forward Andrew Ladd is on a seven game points streak (four goals, five assists)

– Even More Red Hot: Mathieu Perreault has 22 points (13 goals, 9 assists) in the last 19 games.

– The Stars average 3.07 goals for/game, 4th in the NHL.

– The Stars average 3.29 goals against/game, 28th in NHL.

– According to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning NewsAnders Lindback is expected to start in net for the Stars tonight. In 8 games this season, Lindback is 2-6-0 with a 4.03 Goals Against Average and .871 Save Percentage.

– According to Heika, David Schlemko stayed out late during morning practise, so he will be a scratch tonight. Jamie Oleksiak will return to the line-up tonight. Oleksiak was a healthy scratch last game.

Vernon Fiddler missed the last game with a lower-body injury and will miss tonight’s game.

– Defenseman Trevor Daley leads all Stars in ice time, averaging 23:49 of ice time per game.

– Stars Top Face-off Guy: Jason Spezza (55.2%)

– Jets Top Face-off Guy: Jim Slater (57.6%)

Special Teams Breakdown:

– Dallas PP (15.6%, 23rd in NHL), Dallas PK (78.6%, 25th in NHL)

– Winnipeg PP (17.8%, 20th in NHL), Winnipeg PK (82.8%, 9th in NHL)

Projected Winnipeg Jets Line Combinations:

Andrew Ladd- Bryan Little- Blake Wheeler
Mathieu Perreault- Mark Scheifele- Michael Frolik
Evander Kane- Adam Lowry-Matt Halischuk
Chris Thorburn- Jim Slater- Anthony Peluso

Dustin Byfuglien- Ben Chiarot
Tobias Enstrom- Zach Bogosian
Jay Harrison- Mark Stuart

Ondrej Pavelec
Michael Hutchinson

Healthy Scratches: Adam Pardy, Paul Postma, TJ Galiardi

Projected Dallas Stars Line Combinations:

Jamie Benn- Tyler Seguin- Brett Ritchie
Erik Cole- Jason Spezza- Ales Hemsky
Antoine Roussel- Cody Eakin- Ryan Garbutt
Travis Moen- Shawn Horcoff- Colton Sceviour

Alex Goligoski – John Klingberg
Jamie Oleksiak – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn- Jason Demers

Anders Lindback
Kari Lehtonen

Healthy Scratches: David Schlemko

Injury Report:

Dallas Stars: Patrick Nemeth (arm), Valeri Nichushkin (hip), Patrick Eaves (lower body), Vernon Fiddler (lower body)

Winnipeg Jets:   Jacob Trouba (upper body, IR), Grant Clitsome (back surgery, indefinitely)