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Red Wings / Jets Game Thread: Friends Taking off & Friends Touching Down

Winnipeg Jets Team Detroit Red Wings
13-11-4 30 Points Record 17-9-1 35 Points
Ondrej Pavelec (10-9-4 2.99 GAA) Starting Goalie Jimmy Howard (16-6-1 1.89 GAA)
Arctic Ice Hockey SB Nation Site - Last Meeting 04/28/1996
7:00 PM EST Time - Television FSD, CBC

As pointed out by Arctic Ice Hockey, the last time the Red Wings played a team called the Winnipeg Jets, it was April 1996 in the playoffs. That franchise is the one that Detroit handed a 5-2 loss on Thursday night. This franchise is the one that stomped a high-flying Red Wings team in Atlanta last season.

Comparing the lineups up and down should produce one of those on-paper wins that turn the real contests into trap games. The Jets have a lot of young talent, including a 20-year old Russian center who plays a good two-way game and has incredible playmaking talent, but whose scouting report says he currently lacks size. Of course, he's apparently playing on the wing right now, but keep an eye on Alexander Burmistrov (#8). The kid is good.

This season, it's still pretty hard to hate on the Jets. I mean, Dustin Byfuglien is a big, fat shit; but there's just not enough history between the clubs. When they move into our conference next season (or beyond), we're sure to find plenty more reasons.

Comment away and let's go Red Wings.