GAME DAY: Winnipeg Jets at Dallas Stars


Winnipeg Jets at Dallas Stars

Thursday, 7:30 p.m., American Airways Heart

TV: TSN3; Radio: TSN 1290

THE BIG MATCHUP

Patrik Laine vs. anybody prepared to cease him

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Sixteen video games. Eighteen objectives. It doesn’t get any extra dominant than that for Jets sniper Patrik Laine. Conversely, it doesn’t get rather more embarrassing for the Dallas Stars, who merely don’t have a solution for the Finn. Laine’s one-goal, one help efficiency towards the Stars on Tuesday put him on 24 factors in these 16 video games. Laine informed reporters after the sport that he needs he may play Dallas all 82 video games of the season and thanked the next energy that they’re no less than within the Central Division. Scoring towards the Stars has grow to be automated for Laine. The Stars must cease him Thursday, lest they drop 4 essential factors in a good division battle with the Jets.

5 keys to the sport

1. Cease the push

There received’t be a extra motivated group on Thursday night time than the Dallas Stars. Their coach basically stated they stink and apologized to his goaltender on his behalf. Then there’s that little little bit of bulletin-board materials after Laine’s feedback. And, after all, there’s the truth that they received spanked 5-1 in a reasonably necessary divisional recreation. Anticipate the Stars to come back out sturdy, which implies the Jets are going to need to match their depth as they attempt to salvage one thing from this home-and-home collection.

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2. Vezinabuyck

Connor Hellebuyck adopted up his spectacular November — Eight-2-1 report, a .944 save proportion and a 1.85 goals-against common — with a 27-save efficiency Tuesday’s win in Winnipeg. Nothing appears to faze the Michigan native these days. His huge, boring fashion has stymied group after group this season and he’s not even being requested to steal video games anymore.

three. Jets killer

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If somebody goes to pierce Hellebuyck’s armor, it is going to possible be Tyler Seguin. In 39 profession video games towards the Jets, Seguin has tortured the Jets to the tune of 24 objectives and 43 factors. The one excellent news for the Jets when assembly Seguin is that if he’s in a hunch. And he presently is with simply two assists in his previous 5 video games, and no factors in 4 straight.

four. Offence on fireplace

Winnipeg has tucked in 15 objectives now of their previous 4 video games as they proceed to seek out their offensive stride. They’ve constructed this season on a defence-first mindset and whereas that’s nonetheless the case, they appear rather more assured in taking the puck up the ice now than they did initially of the season. What that’s meant for them these days is a group that’s beginning to dictate the sport to their opponent’s.

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5. Rockin’ on the street

The Jets have a 10-5-Zero report on the street this season, tied for the second-most wins away from their dwelling barn. The Jets have but to win consecutive video games on the street, a report that might be put to the take a look at after their 2-1 loss at Los Angeles final Saturday. Laine has factored into their sizzling report away from Winnipeg, scoring 4 instances and including 13 assists in 15 video games this season.

GAME DAY LINEUPS

Winnipeg Jets

Forwards

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Kyle Connor-Mark Scheifele-Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers-Blake Wheeler-Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp-Adam Lowry-Mathieu Perreault

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Joona Luoto-David Gustafsson-Logan Shaw

Defence

Josh Morrissey-Tucker Poolman

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Luca Sbisa-Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto-Carl Dahlstrom

Goalies

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Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Dallas Stars

Forwards

Jamie Benn-Justin Dowling-Tyler Seguin

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Alexander Radulov-Roope Hintz-Joe Pavelski

Andrew Cogliano-Radek Faksa-Blake Comeau

Denis Gurianov-Jason Dickinson-Corey Perry

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Defence

Esa Lindell-John Klingberg

Jamie Oleksiak-Miro Heiskanen

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Andrej Sekera-Roman Polak

Goalies

Ben Bishop

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Anton Khudobin

Accidents

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Stars: D Stephen Johns

Jets: F Mason Appleton, F Mark Letestu, F Bryan Little, F Gabriel Bourque, D Dmitry Kulikov, D, Nathan Beaulieu, D Dustin Byfuglien (suspended)

Particular Groups

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POWER PLAY

Jets: 15.5% (24th)

Stars: 14.Eight% (25th)

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PENALTY KILLING

Jets: 76.9% (23rd)

Stars: 84% (10th)

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