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BUFFALO Steve Mason starts in goal for the first time in seven games as the open a three game road trip against the .
It the first game action for Mason since he gave up five goals on 29 shots against the New York Islanders in the final game before the Christmas break and just his second start since suffering a concussion in a game on Nov. 25.
The Jets are 5 0 1 coming out of the holiday break, but Jets head coach Paul Maurice felt it was time to get a breather.
need (Mason) to kind of get in a rhythm now, said Maurice. a tougher January, with the way the games are laid out and it a tougher February too, with a real run of home games. Not a lot of back to backs, but we going to need him to go in. He had a bunch of good days of work and it the right one. was non committal when asked if Mason might start two of the three games on this trip, since the Jets play Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks and Saturday against the Minnesota Wild.
a possibility, but it also opens the door for (Hellebuyck) running back to back, said Maurice.
The Jets won make any changes among the skaters on Tuesday and Maurice plans to go back to the lines that started out in Sunday 4 1 victory over the San Jose Sharks, which means centre Adam Lowry misses a second game with an upper body injury and Jack Roslovic remains in the lineup.
Jets winger Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor watched the final 10 minutes of Sunday contest as Maurice cut down to three lines, but they be reunited with captain Blake Wheeler on Tuesday.
Laine has gone a season high seven games without scoring a goal, but he collected six assists during that span and isn concerned about not finding the back of the net of late.
game wasn my best game, but before the last game when coach put me with Wheeler and Connor, I feel I played well, even though I haven scored, said Laine. would be nice to score,
I try to do that. But I just trying to help my team win and if I can score, that means somebody else is going to score. the Jets remain in top spot of the Central Division with 57 points, the Sabres are currently 30th in the NHL with 29 points (just three up on the Arizona Coyotes).
But the Sabres have played the Jets tough during the past several seasons, winning four of the previous five meetings.
paper, (the Sabres) should be a way better team than they have showed to be this season and their record shows. To be honest, I don know what the problem is, said Jets defenceman Dmitry Kulikov, who suited up for the Sabres last season.
Although it been nearly three years since the Jets made the trade that sent Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian to the Sabres and brought back a package that included Tyler Myers, Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux, a first round pick that turned into Roslovic and the departed Drew Stafford.
Five of those players will be in the lineup tonight, Lemieux (who was recalled by the Jets on Monday) being the lone exception.
lot of time has passed since the trade, so the fact that both teams have a lot of pieces from it, it pretty cool most of us are in the lineup tonight. It should be fun, said Myers. not going to go into the game focusing on winning the trade. It the same focus as any other game, but I excited to come back and play my first one (in Buffalo). how both teams are expected to start on Tuesday:Josh Morrissey Jacob TroubaSteve Mason.