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CBC's Mitch Peacock talks Pens and Jets ahead of Tuesday night game

With the All-Star break behind them, the Jets are in Pittsburgh to play the Penguins Tuesday night.
Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Brenden Morrow collides with Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien during a game last year. The two teams are set to tangle again in Pittsburgh on Thursday. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

With the All-Star break behind them, the Jets are in Pittsburgh to play the Penguins Tuesday night.

Strong seasons, different streaks

Both the Jets and Pens have 60 points so far, and both sit in playoff spots, but Winnipeg has won a season-high five straight games while Pittsburgh has lost four straight (but have won 13 in-a-row at home against Winnipeg/Atlanta).

Lineup highlights

The Jets have activated Mathieu Perreault from the injured reserve but placed placed Mark Stuart on injured reserve. Perreault is expected to go back on the left-side of a line with Scheifele and Frolik.

Pittsburgh is dealing with a rash of injuries and for the first time this season will play without both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin — something the Jets have to be looking to take advantage of.

Goalie rotation

Paul Maurice has given Ondrej Pavelec (12-10-6, 2.47, .913) the start saying he was good against the Pens in a 4-3 shootout loss this season and has looked sharp of late. Importantly, Maurice also said it fits the rotation they've been working with since November.

Pavelec tonight might mean he'll also face Dallas, Vancouver, and Colorado over the next eight games, while Hutchinson could play against Philadelphia, Calgary, Chicago, and Minnesota.

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