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NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Detroit Red Wings Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 8:00pm ET

Place: Bell MTS Place


Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket, 1270 AM

Jet blog: Arctic Ice Hockey

The Red Wings are in Winnipeg tonight to take on the Jets in a game that will definitely feature fewer fans in the stands than when the Jets came to Detroit on December 5th (a 5-1 Red Wings win to end a losing streak that featured Gustav Nyquist as the player of the game with a 2-goal, 3-point, +4 night).

I can already hear the well-actually from Winnipeg talking about percentage capacity and blah blah blah. I’m sorry. I love that there’s an NHL arena that sits fewer than 16,500 and I like giving Winnipeg fans shit because they deserve it.

Honestly there’s not really a ton to preview about this game. The Jets are in the thick of a race atop the Central Division and made a deadline purchase in Paul Stastny that should bolster their depth in preparation for a team trying to get healthy and make a run. The Red Wings are... well we know what the Red Wings are. If you’re watching tonight as a Wings fan, you’re likely doing it for Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou, Tyler Bertuzzi and “the process”. If you’re not too mad about him still being on the team, there’s another reason to watch:

You can also watch for Henrik Zetterberg tonight, although he didn’t practice yesterday, opting for another maintenance day.

In terms of head-to-head, the Jets are top-10 in both goals for and goals against in the League and have an impressive +43 goal differential. Same goes if you’re looking at PP and PK rankings. The Red Wings are... not.

Game isn’t won on paper though.

Let’s Go Red Wings!



Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Anthony Mantha
Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Andreas Athanasiou
Darren Helm - Frans NielsenJustin Abdelkader
David Booth – Luke Glendening - Martin Frk

Jonathan EricssonTrevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall – Mike Green
Danny DeKeyserNick Jensen

Jimmy Howard
Jared Coreau

Winnipeg Jets

Kyle Connor - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler
Nikolaj Ehlers - Paul Stastny - Patrik Laine
Mathieu Perreault - Bryan Little - Jack Roslovic
Matt Hendricks - Andrew Copp - Joel Armia

Josh Morrissey - Tyler Myers
Toby Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien
Ben Chiarot - Dmitry Kulikov

Connor Hellebuyck
Michael Hutchinson


Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you're in luck, because here's your opportunity. Here's how it works.

First off, if you don't have an SBN Username, make one! We'd love to have you, plus it's much easier to track your predictions season-long. Then make your guess on the winning team, final score, and who the Red Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. Only one submission per person, please. The Red Wings POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 3 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct, you'll receive 15 points.

Good luck!