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Jets Blog: Arctic Ice Hockey
On a night where the longest losing streak in American sports was broken, two continued for the Red Wings. Their winless streak in Philadelphia extended to 12 games, stretching all the way back to 1997, and they failed to put a tally in the W column for the third straight game.
Positivity Corner: the loser point the Wings picked up on Wednesday night was the first earned in those 12 games at Wells Fargo. Progress!
Er, anyway. The Wings welcome Winnipeg, who are winless this week, to wreak their own wrath upon them. The Jets are coming off three straight losses themselves, including a home-and-home with the Capitals. Don’t be fooled by the fact that Winnipeg played last night in DC; they rallied from a 3-0 hole at the beginning of the third period to force overtime (and nearly took the lead before it could get that far) before falling to Ovechkin’s slapshot in the extra frame.
Detroit has had a day of rest since the Philadelphia game, but expect the Jets to be still riding that comeback high, at least for a little bit. Weathering the initial push from the visitors should put the Red Wings in prime position to take the game over and earn two points.
Connor Hellebuyck should be starting for Winnipeg as Hutchinson played last night. Petr Mrazek will take the opposite net in a battle of young standout goalies.
Red Wings Expected Lineups
|Dylan Larkin||Frans Nielsen||Gustav Nyquist|
|Tomas Tatar||Henrik Zetterberg||Justin Abdelkader|
|Andreas Athanasiou||Darren Helm||Riley Sheahan|
|Steve Ott||Luke Glendening||Drew Miller|
|Danny DeKeyser||Mike Green|
|Jonathan Ericsson||Alexey Marchenko|
|Brendan Smith||Xavier Ouellet|
|Petr Mrazek (starting)|
Scratches: Ryan Sproul
Injuries: Thomas Vanek (mid-lower body injury), Tomas Jurco (back), Niklas Kronwall (knee), Johan Franzen (post-concussion syndrome), Joe Vitale (post-concussion syndrome)
Jets Expected Lineups
|Nikolaj Ehlers||Mark Scheifele||Blake Wheeler|
|Patrik Laine||Adam Lowry||Joel Armia|
|Brandon Tanev||Mathieu Perreault||Kyle Connor|
|Alexander Burmistrov||Andrew Copp||Marko Dano|
|Josh Morrissey||Dustin Byfuglien|
|Toby Enstrom||Paul Postma|
|Julian Melchiori||Ben Chiarot|
|Connor Hellebuyck (starting)|
|JETS||THE MATCH-UP||RED WINGS|
|4-6-1 (9 pts; 5th in Central)||Record||6-4-1 (13 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)|
|2.45 (22nd in NHL)||Goals Per Game||2.73 (16th in NHL)|
|3.00 (21st)||Goals Against Per Game||2.55 (13th)|
|10.9% (26th)||Power Play %||19.0% (16th)|
|80.5% (20th)||Penalty Kill %||82.0% (15th)|
|Patrik Laine (6 goals)||Goals Leader||Helm, Vanek, Larkin (4 goals)|
|Mark Scheifele (9 points)||Points Leader||Gustav Nyquist (9 points)|
Let’s Go Red Wings!!
Game Day Prediction Contest
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