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
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.
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
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.
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
Kyle Connor-Mark Scheifele-Patrik Laine
Nikolaj Ehlers-Blake Wheeler-Jack Roslovic
Andrew Copp-Adam Lowry-Mathieu Perreault
Joona Luoto-David Gustafsson-Logan Shaw
Josh Morrissey-Tucker Poolman
Luca Sbisa-Neal Pionk
Anthony Bitetto-Carl Dahlstrom
Jamie Benn-Justin Dowling-Tyler Seguin
Alexander Radulov-Roope Hintz-Joe Pavelski
Andrew Cogliano-Radek Faksa-Blake Comeau
Denis Gurianov-Jason Dickinson-Corey Perry
Esa Lindell-John Klingberg
Jamie Oleksiak-Miro Heiskanen
Andrej Sekera-Roman Polak
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)
Jets: 15.5% (24th)
Stars: 14.Eight% (25th)
Jets: 76.9% (23rd)
Stars: 84% (10th)