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JNGD 19 Flight Plan: Gotta Deal With The Devils

The first in the Metropolitan division New Jersey Devils travel to Winnipeg to take the second place in the Central division Jets in a Saturday afternoon clash of early-season NHL titans that no one actually expected to be titans at any point this season.

Jets Regular Season Game #18

New Jersey Devils (11-4-3)
@
Winnipeg Jets (11-4-3)

November 18, 2017 – Puck drop: 2:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB
TV: TSN 3
Radio: TSN 1260

Recently for the Jets…

There is something to be said for a team that finds a way to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat which is exactly what the Jets did on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers. The team looked lethargic, fell behind 2-0 after the first period and even when they at least stopped the bleeding of goals, it wasn’t as if they were putting much pressure on the Flyers offensively. A second-period goal from Matthieu Perreault and stellar goaltending from Connor Hellebuyck gave Winnipeg a fighting chance late in the game. Mark Scheifele tied things up with seconds left in the game and then the team was just a little bit better at the skills contest at the end of the game to earn the extra point. The Jets now have their second three-game win streak of the season – last season it took until March 21 for the team to pick up such an accomplishment – and as such Paul Maurice has decided to not change a thing lineup wise for today’s game.

Recently for the Devils…

New Jersey had one of the worst hockey clubs in the 2016-17 campaign, so as surprising as the Jets start to the season has been, the Devils has been even more of a shock. How have they turned it around? Much like the Jets, goaltending has been key as Corey Schnieder has a 7-3-2 record with a .924 save percentage. They’ve also had a balanced scoring attack as they have five players with 10 or more points and two additional players beyond that – one of them being former Jet Drew Stafford – who have five or more goals. (For comparison’s sake, the Jets as well have five players with 10 or more points as well, but only four players total who have tallied five or more goals. The Devils in total have five players who can make that claim) The Devils did lose in overtime to the Leafs on Thursday but have managed to pick up points in their last four games and five of their last six in total (3-1-2).

Recently between the two teams…

The Jets enjoyed some success against the Devils last season going a perfect 2-0-0. They won 3-2 at home last November and then in March snuck away with a 4-3 shootout win in New Jersey. Overall the last 11 games have gone very well for the Jets as they sport an 8-1-2 record. If the game today ends in regulation, there is a good chance the Jets are winning it as they’ve won seven of the last eight games against Jersey when the game has concluded in regulation time. The roles switch though if the game sees any overtime or a shootout, as the Devils have won four of the last five against Winnipeg in games that needed extra time.

Winnipeg Jets Lines…

Lines courtesy of Dailyfaceoff.com

LW C RW
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR
Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE
Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS
Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP
Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY
Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT
Matt Hendricks
MATT HENDRICKS
Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY
Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA
Tobias Enstrom
TOBIAS ENSTROM
Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
Steve Mason
STEVE MASON

New Jersey Devils Lines…

LW C RW
Taylor Hall
TAYLOR HALL
Nico Hischier
NICO HISCHIER
Kyle Palmieri
KYLE PALMIERI
Jesper Bratt
JESPER BRATT
Travis Zajac
TRAVIS ZAJAC
Drew Stafford
DREW STAFFORD
Adam Henrique
ADAM HENRIQUE
Brian Boyle
BRIAN BOYLE
Miles Wood
MILES WOOD
Brian Gibbons
BRIAN GIBBONS
Blake Coleman
BLAKE COLEMAN
Stefan Noesen
STEFAN NOESEN
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Andy Greene
ANDY GREENE
Steven Santini
STEVEN SANTINI
John Moore
JOHN MOORE
Damon Severson
DAMON SEVERSON
Will Butcher
WILL BUTCHER
Ben Lovejoy
BEN LOVEJOY
GOALIES
Cory Schneider
CORY SCHNEIDER
Keith Kinkaid
KEITH KINKAID

Gameday Prediction…

Ideally, the Jets will come out with a little more fire given the lesson they learned against Philly. Jersey is going to try and grind out a low-scoring road win and if they get the lead early, it will be an uphill battle for the Jets to get an equalizer. The first goal always is key in most NHL games, but even more so today. The Jets will get it and use it to gain a fourth win in a row. Jets win 3-2.