NHL

more stats

NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Saturday, January 11th (All times Eastern)

Columbus Blue Jackets (20-20-4) at Winnipeg Jets (19-22-5), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Going four straight games without a point will usually lead to some changes in the lineup and for the Winnipeg Jets, it could mean moving a big body into the mix up front.

Dustin Byfuglien could shift from the blue line to a forward position on Saturday night when the Jets play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Jets have lost four straight in regulation for the first time this season and it marks the second time in 2013-14 that the club has gone winless in four consecutive outings. They also went 0-2-2 from Nov. 17-23.

Following a winless three-game road trip to begin the month, the Jets returned home and were handed a 4-2 loss on Tuesday by the Tampa Bay Lightning, who scored twice in the third period.

Byfuglien had a goal and an assist, Olli Jokinen supplied Winnipeg's other goal and Ondrej Pavelec allowed three goals on 32 shots.

"This game was a very poorly played, poorly executed game. I don't know that we got anything out of that that was positive. It was really disappointing," said Jets coach Claude Noel.

Given those words and the time off between games, it is no surprise that Noel has done some tinkering. That includes Byfuglien practicing at the forward spot, where he has had success before.

Though a short stint as a winger last season with the Jets didn't stick, the 28-year-old Byfuglien did notch 11 goals and 16 points in 22 games as a forward in the playoffs for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, helping the team win a Stanley Cup.

Andrew Ladd, who won a Cup with Byfuglien in Chicago and could skate on a line with the 265-pounder and Bryan Little tonight, said Byfuglien seemed excited at the spot in practice on Friday.

"I'm very familiar with the things he can do at forward. He's obviously a big strong body who can get to the net and control the puck down low and makes it hard on other teams," said Ladd.

Winnipeg did recall defenseman Zach Redmond from the American Hockey League, while forward Evander Kane could miss tonight due to a hand injury.

If Byfuglien does stay at forward, he'll try to help the Jets offense solve a Blue Jackets team that is coming off last night's 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

In his second start since missing 14 straight games with a groin injury, Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves in his second shutout of the season and sixth of his career.

Bobrovsky, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, made 13 saves in the third period, including two big stops during a 5-on-3 shorthanded situation.

"Our goaltender energized the building in the third period with some of his saves," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "That is a little reminiscent of last season."

Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, who have won three of four and six of their last nine. Brandon Dubinsky and Boone Jenner also lit the lamp.

Center Derek MacKenzie sat out the third and final game of his suspension for a boarding hit versus Phoenix on Jan. 2.

The Blue Jackets had won six straight over the Jets franchise before a 3-2 home loss to Winnipeg on Dec. 16. Kane had the go-ahead goal for the Jets and Al Montoya made 22 saves.

Pavelec could get the start tonight and has lost all four of his previous starts versus the Blue Jackets with a 2.29 goals against average.

Bobrovsky is 1-2-1 with a 4.10 GAA in five career meetings with the Jets, while backup Curtis McElhinney has never faced them.

Columbus is making its first trip to Winnipeg since the Jets relocated from Atlanta, where the Blue Jackets had won three straight in the series.

01/11 10:29:45 ET

Other Stories

Hurricanes

Lindholm, Canes win third straight, top Sharks 5-3 25
Muller: No word from management on job status

Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller says he has not been told by management if he will keep his job.

Related Stories

Schedule

Friday, April 18Full Scoreboard
Montreal «4Final | Box
Tampa Bay1Rink Replay
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Montreal leads series, 2-0.
Detroit «1Final | Box
Boston0Rink Replay
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Detroit leads series, 1-0.
Dallas2Final | Box
Anaheim «3Rink Replay
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Anaheim leads series, 2-0.
Full Scoreboard

Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Today at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MLB: Atlanta Braves at NY Mets

    Tonight at 7:05 on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox

    Tomorrow at 7:05 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3
 
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CHC 1
CIN 4
Final
PIT 3
MIL 5
Final
WAS 3
STL 1
Final
CLE 2
TOR 3
Final
DET 6
ANA 11
Final
NYM 0
ATL 6
Final
BOS 4
BAL 8
Final
TAM 11
NYY 5
Final
MIA 8
SEA 4
Final
TEX 12
CWS 0
Final
KAN 5
MIN 0
Final
COL 12
PHI 1
Final
OAK 11
HOU 3
Final
LOS 2
ARI 4
Final
SDP 2
SFG 1
1:05pm Today
WAS
STL
 
1:05pm Today
CLE
TOR
 
1:08pm Today
DET
ANA
 
1:35pm Today
BOS
BAL
 
2:10pm Today
KAN
MIN
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
CIN
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
ATL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
SEA
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
CWS
 
8:10pm Tonight
LOS
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
COL
PHI
 
8:40pm Tonight
SDP
SFG
 
12:30pm Today
TOR
BRK
3:30pm Today
LAC
GSW
7:00pm Tonight
IND
ATL
9:30pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
Final
TAM 1
MON 4
Final
BOS 0
DET 1
Final
ANA 3
DAL 2
3:00pm Today
STL
CHI
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3
 
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR