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JNGD4 Flight Plan: Jets And Canucks Meet And The Shots Will Be Plenty

Tonight, the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks will be fishing for two points in the standings. Paul Maurice hopes that casting out the team’s top line of Scheifele, Wheeler and Ehlers will bait Vancouver into taking some penalties. If Winnipeg can land some power play goals, they will shore up a win but if the team comes out flat like they did in the first two games of the season, Maurice may have to give the team a sturgeon talking to.

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Jets Regular Season Game #4

Winnipeg Jets (1-2-0)
@
Vancouver Canucks (1-0-1)

October 12, 2017 – Puck drop: 9:05 PM CST – Rogers Arena
TV: TSN 3
Radio: TSN 1260

Recently for the Jets…

They won a game!

Nobody outside of the Jets dressing room likely expected the team to go into Edmonton and pull off a win, but even with a less than ideal first period (which they still ended up leading 2-0) they outplayed the Oilers and picked up their first win of the season thanks in large part to the play of the top line of Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Nik Ehlers who earned his second career hat trick.

Recently for the Canucks…

They lost a tough fought game against Ottawa on Tuesday night by not being nearly good enough in the extra skills competition. Jacob Markstrom helped bail the Canucks out in that game as they gave up 42 shots in the game against a Sens team that was missing it’s top defenseman.

Recently between the two teams…

Last season the Jets went 2 and 1 against the Canucks, splitting the first two meetings in Vancouver before picking up a win in the third meeting in Winnipeg. For what it’s worth, Connor Hellebuyck played in that lone loss to the Canucks (a 4-1 decision) while Michael Hutchinso backstopped the jets in their two wins. The Jets have won 6 of the last 7 meetings and earned at least a point in the standings in 8 of the last 10 games played dating back to March 2014

Winnipeg Jets Lines

Courtesy Dailyfaceoff.com

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Nikolaj Ehlers
Nikolaj Ehlers
Mark Scheifele
Mark Scheifele
Blake Wheeler
Blake Wheeler
Mathieu Perreault
Mathieu Perreault
Bryan Little
Bryan Little
Patrik Laine
Patrik Laine
Shawn Matthias
Shawn Matthias
Adam Lowry
Adam Lowry
Nicolas Petan
Nicolas Petan
Brandon Tanev
Brandon Tanev
Andrew Copp
Andrew Copp
Marko Dano
Marko Dan
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Defensive Pairings
Josh Morrissey
Josh Morrissey
Jacob Trouba
Jacob Trouba
Dmitry Kulikov
Dmitry Kulikov
Tyler Myers
Tyler Myers
Tobias Enstrom
Tobias Enstrom
Tucker Poolman
Tucker Poolman
Goalies
Steve Mason
Steve Mason
Connor Hellebuyck
Connor Hellebuyck

Vancouver Canucks Lines

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Daniel Sedin
Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin
Henrik Sedin
Thomas Vanek
Thomas Vanek
Sven Baertschi
Sven Baertschi
Bo Horvat
Bo Horvat
Brock Boeser
Brock Boeser
Loui Eriksson
Loui Eriksson
Markus Granlund
Markus Granlund
Jake Virtanen
Jake Virtanen
Sam Gagner
Sam Gagner
Brandon Sutter
Brandon Sutter
Derek Dorsett
Derek Dorsett
Defensive Pairings
Alexander Edler
Alexander Edler
Chris Tanev
Chris Tanev
Michael Del Zotto
Michael Del Zotto
Erik Gudbranson
Erik Gudbranson
Ben Hutton
Ben Hutton
Troy Stecher
Troy Stecher
Goalies
Jacob Markstrom
Jacob Markstrom
Anders Nilsson
Anders Nilsson

 

  • FishWhiskey

    The Jets players on the bottom two lines have a grand total of one point generated between them thus far but they are all in the minus category in the +/-. I fail to see Maurice’s rational here. Its not like any of them are even good penalty killers. It just seems like the 3rd and 4th lines he is icing are just spotting the other team goals. How is this supposed to win hockey games on a regular basis?

    • Wall2Wall-27

      Until Aria gets healthy and the Jets call up Connor and start him off as a penalty killer (which i think he would ace) I’d like to see something like Copp – Petan – Dano on one line and Matthias – Lowry – Tanev (if he must be in the lineup) on the other line. If PoMo wants to shorten his bench during the game (which presumably only happens if they’re trailing) then 16 -17 – 13 should be the line with the reduced ice time.

  • FishWhiskey

    Guess I better eat my hat. Copp got an assist! But then he got a whole 8 minutes of ice time as opposed to the 5 minutes a piece, or so Petan and Dano got. Compare that to the 14 minutes that Lowry, Mathias and Tanev got with nothing to show for it. Are results irrelevant in PoMo world? How does playing with half a team make any sense?