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Game Preview:

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Jets will turn to goalie Chris Mason tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Well, of course they will.

Mason has beaten Carolina three times in three starts this season, allowing just four goals.

“If the guy has success against a team, he feels comfortable; it’s a pretty easy decision,” Jets coach Claude Noel said this morning after his team’s game-day skate at RBC Center. “Chris was going to play one of the three games (the Jets are into Game No. 2 of three in four nights) and it would be a logical choice to play this game.

“But there are no guarantees in games.”

The 22-20-6 Jets are seven points ahead of Carolina in the Southeast Division standings, and 2-1-1 in their last four.

But basement-dwelling Carolina has been somewhat better of late under new coach Kirk Muller, 3-1-2 in its last six.

Mason knows his history against Carolina this season and hopes to run with it again tonight (6 p.m. CT, TSN Jets, TSN 1290).

“Sometimes you feel comfortable playing against a certain team and sometimes there are teams you have trouble with,” Mason said today. “To a certain extent, guys are aware of that.”

Mason seemed more concerned with the standings and that the Jets don’t go on their all-star break too early. They play the Rangers in New York on Tuesday before their down time begins.

“Look at the standings... every night has implications,” Mason said. “It’s not different tonight.”

“It’s going to be a fight the whole way through if we’re going to get one of those playoff spots. We should be aware that every game is going to be a game of this magnitude. It’s going to be fun.”

Tonight, Noel plans to start the game where he left on on Saturday at home, with Alexander Burmistrov taking injured Evander Kane’s spot on a line with Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler.

One never knows how these combination matters are going to go, but Noel sounds like he’s rather not keep changing the pieces.

“I don’t know about that, short rope, long rope,” he said. “You’re just looking for performance. You put people in situations and look — does the chemistry work on the line? How’s the player playing on the line? How are the other two responding? Then you have to decide, how long do you wait? You have to give it some time to gel a little bit and in the case with Burmistrov, he should be a good fit there on that line.

“We’ll see. It’ll be up to him. I’d like to be able to keep him there, give some stability to that group. It’s difficult to play with different wingers all the time.”

The Jets are on this two-game swing without defenceman Dustin Byfuglien (knee) and forwards Kane (concussion) and Tim Stapleton (lower body).

It appears as if defenceman Mark Flood will be the healthy scratch tonight.


Updated on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 5:48 PM CST: Updates game preview.

6:29 PM: Adds second Carolina goal

6:44 PM: Updates after 1st period action

7:24 PM: Adds Winnipeg goal to narrow gap 2-1

7:35 PM: Updates after 2nd period

8:31 PM: Updates with game-over result

9:45 PM: Wraps up game with quotes, colour

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