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Wednesday, November 6th (All times Eastern)

Winnipeg Jets (6-8-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (9-2-4), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Winnipeg Jets are trying desperately to build some momentum. A road win Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks would certainly help in that regard, but first the Jets have to put a recent blowout loss against the defending Stanley Cup champions behind them.

The Jets halted a three-game losing streak with Monday's win against visiting Detroit, but that victory came just two days after Chicago recorded an easy 5-1 triumph in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg did get a good start against the visiting Blackhawks on Saturday, taking a 1-0 lead just over five minutes into the contest, but it was all downhill from there. The Blackhawks scored five unanswered goals, including three in a 4:55 span early in the second period to chase Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec from the game.

Saturday's rout marked Chicago's fifth straight win over the Jets, and the second since the franchise moved from Atlanta to Winnipeg prior to the 2011-12 season. Wednesday's contest marks the second stop in Chicago for the Jets since the franchise relocated.

Winnipeg is coming off a 4-2 victory over the Red Wings on Monday. Matt Halischuk scored the winning goal early in the third period to help the Jets win for just the second time in eight games (2-4-2).

Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Michael Frolik each posted a goal and an assist for the Jets. Al Montoya stopped 26 shots in the win.

"I thought one of the things we did very well was we got the pucks to the goal line and I thought we put a lot of pressure on their defense, a lot of shots to the net so there was a lot of really good things in that game," said Winnipeg head coach Claude Noel. "I thought a lot of guys had a really good game."

Forward Evander Kane did not play in Monday's win due to a lower-body injury, but was expected to make the trip to Chicago and could return tonight.

Pavelec expects to get back on the horse tonight against the Blackhawks. The Czech netminder is 0-2-2 with a lofty 4.49 goals against average in four career outings versus Chicago.

Corey Crawford, who made 26 saves to help the Blackhawks down Winnipeg on Saturday, is expected to get the call in net for Chicago in tonight's rematch. His start against the Jets last weekend was Crawford's first appearance against the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise.

Crawford started Sunday's game against Calgary, but he couldn't prevent the Flames from recording a 3-2 overtime decision in the Windy City. Kris Russell scored the game-winner 1:32 into the extra session, beating Crawford with a blistering slap shot from the point.

Patrick Kane had one goal and one assist and Marian Hossa also lit the lamp for the Blackhawks, who had won three in a row before the OT loss. Chicago sent 44 shots on net, but Reto Berra stopped 42 of them to earn an impressive win in his NHL debut.

"We did put pucks at him, but we didn't get enough rebounds and we didn't get enough traffic," Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said. "Certainly, he was pretty good at controlling those rebounds tonight as well."

Crawford turned away 27 shots in the setback.

Despite the OT setback against Calgary, the Blackhawks still only have one regulation loss on home ice this season. Chicago is 5-1-3 at the United Center this season after going 18-3-3 as the host during last year's lockout- shortened campaign.

Winnipeg is 2-3-1 on the road this season and has lost its last two away games in regulation.

11/06 10:37:42 ET

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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
 
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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
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