JGD 34: Jets VS Avs in Sunday Matchup

Welcome to the Sunday matinee version of the Jets game day post, where I have to get up early to tell you what’s going on with the Jets and you can enjoy your Sunday afternoon soup.

So, what is going on with your Jets? They are closing out a 2 game home stand by playing the Colorado Avalanche. The Jets are coming off of a 4-3 shoot out win against the Florida Panthers to snap their losing streak, while Colorado has lost their last 2 games.

Special teams will be the name of the game for the Jets. They allowed 3 powerplay goals against the Panthers. The Avalanche are ranked 11th on the powerplay, with a 20.4% conversion rate on the man advantage.

Lineups

Winnipeg Jets (14-16-3)

For the Jets, the lineups will stay relatively the same as the line up against the Panthers. Why fix something that ain’t broke, eh? Mathieu Perreault had the shootout winner against the Panthers.

Look for Hellebuyck to get the nod in net.

Colorado Avalanche (11-17-1)

Defensive Pairings
Fedor Tyutin 
Fedor Tyutin
Tyson Barrie 
Tyson Barrie
Patrick Wiercioch 
Patrick Wiercioch
Nikita Zadorov 
Nikita Zadorov
Francois Beauchemin 
Francois Beauchemin
Eric Gelinas 
Eric Gelinas

The Avalanche have been playing without Erik Johnson since December 3rd when he broke his fibula. Tyson Barrie has been a powerplay stalwart, scoring 5 assists on the man advantage.

Look to see Calvin Picard in the Avs’ net as Varlamov has been fighting a groin injury. 

Predictions

Game Prediction: The Jets will win 4-1, with Patrik Laine scoring 2 goals.

Obvious Prediction: The Avalanche will score on the powerplay. The Jets’ penalty kill has been atrocious and is not making strides to fix it.

Not So Obvious Prediction: The Jets will only allow one goal on the penalty kill all game.