Jets ready for date with Ducks

Veteran Chris Mason will make his fifth start of the season in goal for the Jets. (REUTERS/Ellen...

Veteran Chris Mason will make his fifth start of the season in goal for the Jets. (REUTERS/Ellen Ozier)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:41 PM ET

The city is at a fever pitch with the return of Teemu Selanne, but the Winnipeg Jets seem to be much better equipped to handle the circus-type atmosphere that could be prevalent inside MTS Centre on Saturday night.

“We’re more accustomed to the frenzy, more or less and more accustomed to what happens here in this building,” said Jets head coach Claude Noel. “For us, the Selanne thing comes in and we can deal with it a little bit better (than the season opener against the Montreal Canadiens) just from being in this environment. It’s not new to us. It’s not like it’s something we haven’t dealt with.

“We’ll be ready to go here.”

The Jets enter Saturday’s action 14-13-4 and in 12th place in the Eastern Conference standings and are coming off a 1-0 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Veteran Chris Mason will make his fifth start of the season in goal for the Jets.

“(The Ducks) are a team with a couple of the top lines in the NHL,” said Mason. “Things haven’t necessarily gone their way so far, but they definitely have a lot of dangerous players you have to be aware of.”

The Ducks are just 2-4-1 after Bruce Boudreau replaced Randy Carlyle as head coach and are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night at the United Center.

“We all know what it’s like flying in late and playing the next day,” said Mason. “Nobody likes to use an excuse, but it’s something where we’ll definitely try to establish our game early.”

The Jets will welcome defenceman Toby Enstrom back to the lineup for the first time since Oct. 31, when he suffered a broken collarbone after taking a hit from Florida Panthers forward Jack Skille.

“I feel 100%, I wouldn’t go out there if I didn’t feel good,” said Enstrom, who has played only 11 games this season. “It seems like I’m ahead of schedule and I’ve been waiting to get back into the game. I’m very excited. I’m just going to try and keep it simple and get back to playing my game. The team has been doing well and I want to come in and help them out.”

Noel also said that forwards Nik Antropov (undisclosed) and Alex Burmistrov (lower-body) would be game-time decisions and that winger Antti Miettinen would be held back until Tuesday’s game with the New York Islanders.

Game time is 6:05 p.m. (CBC, TSN 1290) at the downtown arena.

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