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Jets coach Claude Noel is almost certain to go with his workhorse, Ondrej Pavelec, in goal. Pavelec, who made 17 saves in Winnipeg's win over the Leafs on Tuesday, is 19-18-6 on the year with a 2.70 GAA, .912 save percentage, and three shutouts, and has always played well against the Capitals, whether in Atlanta or Manitoba. Surprisingly, the Jets only have one injury question for this evening's game - center Tim Stapleton, who has been out recently with a leg injury. He is on IR but is considered questionable.
Tomas Vokoun will get the call from Dale Hunter in goal after a huge 42-save shutout on Tuesday. Vokoun is 22-13-1 on the year with a 2.40 GAA, .920 save percentage, and four shutouts, and has been a huge part of the team's wins over the last six weeks. On the injury front, Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) and Mike Green (sports hernia surgery) are both on IR and will not play. Elsewhere,
Dale Hunter has proven that he has completely lost his mind, as he is scratching Mike Knuble and allowing Jay Beagle to play. That move totally makes sense...benching a good player for a career fourth liner. Oookay then. Jeff Schultz will also be in over John Erskine.
Puck drops 7:08-ish.