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Busy Back-to-Back for Winnipeg Jets

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Though the Winnipeg Jets‘ 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, a team that has given them quite a lot of trouble in the past, was good for the team, they won’t get much time to dwell on how good it was. It’s right back to southern Florida with them to face the Florida Panthers again tonight, after all.

That being said, evening up the season series with the Bolts after a big 8-3 loss and keeping Tampa Bay reined in–aside from the goal by Steven Stamkos, but at this point, it seems almost like Stamkos scores in pretty much every game against any opponent as a sort of requirement–was still an achievement. Eric Tangradi also had a good night, getting his first goal as a Jet. Bryan Little‘s fourth of the season with about five minutes left in regulation kept the Jets from having to face overtime or surrender even one point to the Lightning.

The team also successfully killed a five-on-three penalty that lasted an entire two minutes.

On the return trip to Sunrise, both teams set to play tonight have been busy lately, playing their third game in four days. However, the Panthers are coming off a giant loss of their own, dropping their most recent game against the Washington Capitals by a 7-1 tally. Jacob Markstrom was pulled after facing and allowing only two shots, which is the fastest non-injury-related pulling of a goalie in quite some time. It would be surprising to see him in tonight after a performance like that–although he did play in the 4-1 Florida win earlier this week.

Al Montoya did a great job in net last night, so he could very well see action again this evening. He’s boasting a 3-0-0 record for the season and, as referenced previously, is actually decent against the Panthers despite not playing against them too often to date.

After this Floridian swing ends, the Jets will head up to face the New Jersey Devils on March 10. Can they leave Florida with two wins to their names? Find out tonight at 6:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. Eastern).


Emma Harger is an NHL Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook and add her to your network on Google.