Jets host Sabers to close out 2013

- December 31st, 2013

Made it back from Denver via Calgary in time for the New Year’s Eve game between the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres.

Good thing we went to Calgary last night though, as the direct flight from Denver was canceled again today.

All I can tell you is that Al Montoya starts in goal for the Jets, while the Sabres will counter with backup Jhonas Enroth.

Here’s my game-day page tee-up that didn’t make the paper today because of space concerns.

One other bit of news, the Jets agreed to terms with 2012 sixth rounder Ryan Olsen, a centre who has 17 goals and 34 points in 34 games with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League.

Speaking of Jets draft picks that recently signed, 2013 2nd rounder Nic Petan had another big goal for Team Canada as they rallied for a 3-2 win over Team USA at the world junior hockey championship in Malmo, Sweden to clinch first place in their pool.

Here you go:

Jets Gameday Page

Past 5 Jets (3-2)
WPG 2 COL 1 (OT)
WPG 6 MIN 4
EDM 6 WPG 2
VAN 2 WPG 1
WPG 5 FLA 2

Past 5 Sabres (3-1-1)
BUF 2 WSH 1 (SO)
TOR 4 BUF 3 (SO)
BUF 2 PHX 1 (OT)
BOS 4 BUF 1
BUF 4 BOS 2

Winnipeg Jets (18-18-5) vs. Buffalo Sabres (11-24-4)
at MTS Centre

Tonight at 6:05 p.m.
Live blog starts at 5:30 p.m.

Jets Gameday lines

Andrew Ladd-Bryan Little-Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane-Mark Scheifele-Michael Frolik
Chris Thorburn-Olli Jokinen-Devin Setoguchi
Eric Tangradi-James Wright-Anthony Peluso

Toby Enstrom-Jacob Trouba
Keaton Ellerby-Dustin Byfuglien
Mark Stuart-Zach Bogosian

Al Monotya
Ondrej Pavelec

Spares: C Eric O’Dell, D Adam Pardy

Sabres Gameday lines
Matt Moulson-Tyler Ennis-Zemgus Girgensons
Steve Ott-Brian Flynn-Drew Stafford
Marcus Foligno-Ville Leino-Linus Omark
John Scott-Matt Ellis-Matt D’Agostini

Mike Weber-Tyler Myers
Mark Pysyk-Christian Ehrhoff
Alexander Sulzer-Jamie McBain

Jhonas Enroth
Ryan Miller

Spares: D Alexander Sulzer, C Mikhail Grigorenko

Injuries
Jets
LW Matt Halischuk (fractured forearm)
D Paul Postma (blood clot in leg)
C Jim Slater (sports hernia)
D Grant Cltsome (back)

Sabres
C Cody Hodgson (wrist)
RW Cody McCormick (upper-body)
C Kevin Porter (leg)
D Henrik Tallinder (upper-body)
Tonight’s matchup

Sun hockey writer Ken Wiebe breaks it down

Forwards checkmark to Jets
Blake Wheeler has 10G, 14P in December

Defence checkmark to Jets
Toby Enstrom finding his groove

Goaltending checkmark to Jets
Al Montoya has been excellent of late

Power play checkmark to Jets
14-for-74 (18.9%) on home ice

Penalty kill checkmark to Jets
Sabres at 76.8% on efficiency road

Coaching checkmark to Sabres
Ted Nolan has group working hard

Overall checkmark to Jets
Coming off consecutive victories vs divisional foes

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