JGD 60: Jets hope to snap four-game skid against Stars

The NHL trade deadline clock continues to click and Andrew Ladd is still the captain of the Winnipeg Jets.

But for how long?

Ladd — a pending UFA — is expected to be traded by Monday’s deadline as the Jets continue to drop out of playoff contention.

“Everyone in the room understood right from the start of the year it was a possibility it was going to get to this point,” Tyler Myers told the Winnipeg Sun regarding Ladd’s contract situation. “Four or five days left here, we’ll wait and see what happens. But either way, I don’t think any guy in the room will say a bad thing about Andrew Ladd. He’s had a huge impact on me even in the short time I’ve been here.”

The Jets will have to put all that aside for the time being as they look to snap a four-game winless skid against the Dallas Stars tonight.

Lines

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WINNIPEG (25-30-3)

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The Jets will be without Bryan Little, who’ll miss his third straight game with a neck injury. Little, who is tied for the lead in team goals with 17, suffered the injury after taking a hit from Lightning defenceman Anton Stralman last week.

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Dustin Byfuglien will try to extend his point streak to four games tonight. Big Buff leads all Jets defencmen in scoring with 15 goals and 22 assists in 59 games played.

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Ondrej Pavelec has started four of the past five games. He is 6-8-2 with a .902 save percentage.

DALLAS (38-17-6)

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Patrick Eaves will be sidelined with what Stars head coach Lindy Ruff is calling “a little bit of the pneumonia” according to the team’s official website. Jamie Benn leads the Stars in scoring this season with 32 goals and 37 assists, which ranks second in the NHL behind Patrick Kane.

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In their meeting on Tuesday night, John Klingberg had three assists in a 5-3 win over the Jets. Klingberg has been an absolute beast on the blue-line for the Stars, racking up 10 goals and 41 assists which puts him second in NHL scoring among defencemen.

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Ruff has alternated his goaltenders over the last four games, which means Kari Lehtonen should get the start in net on Thursday night. Lehtonen is 16-6-1 with a .907 save percentage.

Predictions

Game Day Prediction: The Jets may be out of the playoff picture, but they’ll play spoilers tonight. Jets 5 Stars 4

Obvious Prediction: The Stars enter the game as the league’s highest scoring team, averaging 3.23 goals per game. If the Jets win this game, it’ll be a high scoring affair.

Not So Obvious Prediction: Andrew Ladd inks a new contract and will stay in Winnipeg. Wishful thinking?

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