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Winnipeg Jets at Tampa Bay Lightning preview: Division leaders and Cup contenders clash in Tampa

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NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Winnipeg Jets at Tampa Bay Lightning: Game 67

Time: 7:30 pm Eastern Time

Location: Amalie Arena

Broadcast/Streaming: SUN, TSN3

Opponent SBNation Site: Arctic Ice Hockey

Preview:

The Tampa Bay Lightning welcome the Winnipeg Jets to town for their second game of a four-game homestand. The Jets come in having stomped over the Columbus Blue Jackets to take over the Central Division lead on Sunday. Backed by a four-goal performance from Blake Wheeler, the Jets maintained their one-point lead over the Nashville Predators in a tight division.

On the other hand, the Lightning rebounded from having their 10-game win streak snapped by Boston, trouncing the Senators with goals from their blueline and Nikita Kucherov. Andrei Vasilevskiy won his ninth straight game. The loss to Boston was a speed bump, but the Bolts have continued to cruise down the stretch.

Special teams may be a factor tonight — Tampa tops the league in powerplay and penalty kill percentage. The Jets’ powerplay has been lethal too, since Patrik Laine has gotten out of his slump, but they haven’t been as successful shorthanded. Winnipeg has allowed four powerplay goals on nine opportunities in the last three games.

The Jets’ blueline depth has been tested lately, with Dustin Byfuglien, Josh Morrissey, and Joe Morrow all out with injuries. Adam Lowry will serve the second game of his two-game suspension tonight. Even with the deadline acquisition of Nathan Beaulieu, Winnipeg’s defense looks shallow.

Anthony Cirelli was the lone player missing from practice yesterday, but the team said he was receiving treatment, and he should play tonight. Braydon Coburn was the extra defenseman, so he’ll likely sit tonight.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Forwards

Ondrej Palat - Steven Stamkos - Yanni Gourde

Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - J.T. Miller - Anthony Cirelli

Adam Erne - Cedric Paquette - Mathieu Joseph

Scratched: Ryan Callahan, Danick Martel

Defense

Victor Hedman - Dan Girardi

Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak

Anton Stralman - Mikhail Sergachev

Scratched: Braydon Coburn

Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Louis Domingue

Winnipeg Jets

Forwards

Patrik Laine - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler

Kyle Connor - Kevin Hayes - Nikolaj Ehlers

Brandon Tanev - Andrew Copp - Bryan Little

Mathieu Perreault - Par Lindholm - Jack Roslovic

Scratched: Matt Hendricks

Defense

Nathan Beaulieu - Jacob Trouba

Dmitry Kulikov - Tyler Myers

Ben Chiarot - Sami Niku

Injured: Dustin Byfuglien, Josh Morrissey, Joe Morrow

Scratched: Bogdan Kiselevich

Suspended: Adam Lowry

Goalies

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit