Some Eastern Conference hockey will be making its way back to Chicago television screens as the Jets take on the Capitals tonight. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet beginning at 6:00.
Thanks to that good ol' lockout, the Eastern and Western Conferences won't be seeing each other until the Stanley Cup Final. But that doesn't mean Chicago won't have the occassional visit from our friends out east.
The Blackhawks don't play another game until Monday, so CSN decided to feature some former Blackhawks on our air instead. Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien -- who were both traded to the Atlanta Thrashers following the Hawks' 2010 Stanley Cup victory -- will join the Winnipeg Jets (16-13-2) in taking on fellow former Blackhawk Troy Brouwer and the Washington Capitals (13-16-1) at home.
In fact, Winnipeg will be hosting the Capitals for the second consecutive day after being shut out in a 4-0 loss at the MTS Centre.
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Naturally, Winnipeg will want revenge. Failing to score a goal is enough to get a team fired up, but when you're facing the same opponent in front of your home crowd again the following night, there's even more reason to come out with a bang. The Jets have been outscored by the Capitals 7-0 since the start of the month, but they will need to earn at least one point tonight to continue hanging with Pittsburgh and Montreal among the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
Ladd currently leads his team with 14 goals and 16 assists this season. The Jets captain is followed by Blake Wheeler (14 goals, 12 assists), Evander Kane (12 goals, nine assists) and Byfuglien (four goals, 14 assists).
Mike Ribiero stands at the top of Washington's point leaders with 10 goals and 22 assists. Alex Ovechkin (13 goals, 14 assists), Nicklas Backstrom (four goals, 22 assists) and Brouwer (11 goals, 10 assists) follow closely behind.
More Chicago hockey
In three days, the Blackhawks will return to the United Center to face off against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings for the third and final time throughout the regular season. Comcast SportsNet will have all the action beginning at 6:30 with Blackhawks Pregame Live.