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Thursday, February 21st (All times Eastern)

Winnipeg Jets (6-8-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (8-5-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Winnipeg Jets continue a five-game road trip on Thursday night looking for a second straight victory as they visit the Southeast Division-rival Carolina Hurricanes.

The Jets began their swing by snapping a three-game slide courtesy of a 2-1 win at Buffalo on Tuesday. Andrew Ladd netted the game-winner early in the third period and Ondrej Pavelec made the two-goal effort by the team stand up in making 29 saves.

"Pavelec was outstanding in this game, he really helped us win," Jets coach Claude Noel said. "He made some key saves, he was big in the net, he was really focused and I thought he was outstanding, which is the way we know he's capable of playing."

Bryan Little added the other score 60 seconds into the game for the Jets, while Ladd potted his team-leading eighth goal of the campaign. He also has 13 points, tied with defenseman Tobias Enstrom for the league lead.

Enstrom, though, missed his second game in a row due to a right shoulder injury and is out indefinitely.

The Hurricanes have their own injury concerns as they skated on Monday without forwards Jeff Skinner (concussion) and Tim Brent (lower body) as well as defensemen Tim Gleason (lower body) and Joni Pitkanen (lower body). Minus those skaters, Carolina was shut out 3-0 by the Montreal Canadiens on Monday and had a three-game winning streak halted.

Cam Ward stopped 23 shots for Carolina.

"We just didn't have enough jump or enough energy" said Hurricanes captain Eric Staal, who had an 11-game point streak snapped that was the longest in the NHL this season. He had notched eight goals and 17 points over his streak, which was the second-longest of his career.

While Skinner, Gleason and Brent may all sit out this game versus the Jets, Pitkanen could return from his lower-body injury after practicing on Wednesday.

This is the first of four meetings between the Hurricanes and Jets this season. Winnipeg won four of the six encounters in 2011-12 and have taken three of their last four as the visitor in this series.

Staal has notched 23 goals and 55 points in 54 career games versus the Jets franchise, while Ward is 21-10-4 with a 2.96 goals against average and one shutout in 36 career meetings.

Pavelec has gone 3-6-2 with a 4.04 GAA in 12 meetings with the 'Canes.

02/21 10:33:00 ET

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STJ 68
DUKE 77
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NCSU 78
ND 81
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CHI 84
MIA 96
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CLE 108
OKC 98
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NOP 109
DAL 106
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ORL 99
IND 106
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PHO 100
LAC 120
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ATL 112
MIN 100
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TOR 114
DET 110
 
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SAN 101
MIL 95
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GSW 114
BOS 111
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DEN 115
WAS 117
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LAL 67
HOU 87
 
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UCONN 66
SFLA 53
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GT 62
BC 64
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VT 47
UVA 50
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OSU 82
IND 70
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UCF 46
CIN 56
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WICHS 74
DRAK 40
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STJ 68
DUKE 77
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MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
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HART 61
MAINE 70
 
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MAN 71
MON 64
 
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PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
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SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
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RIU 53
BONA 48
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BING 54
USB 61
 
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MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
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BUT 77
SHU 57
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SALA 55
YALE 72
 
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PITT 68
LOU 80
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ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
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GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
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IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
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TENST 55
BEL 63
 
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NCSU 78
ND 81
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VILL 71
CREI 50
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MD 68
NW 67
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UTAH 77
WASH 56
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TEAMFOLI 12
TEAMTOEWS 17
4th
CARTER 28
IRVIN 32