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JNGD.42 Flight Plan: Jets Look to Rebound Against the Sabres

The Jets have been really good this year, where the Sabres have been quite the opposite. The Jets are looking to rebound after an OT loss to the Avalanche against a team that lost embarrassingly on the first half of a back to back. The two teams meet for the first of two meetings this season tonight.

Winnipeg Jets (23-11-7)

vs

Buffalo Sabres (10-21-9)

January 5, 2018 – Puck drop: 7:00 PM CST

Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg MB.

TV: TSN3 – Radio: TSN 1290

Recently for the Jets…

The Jets are coming off an OT loss to the Avalanche, in a game where they had to fight for that lone point they earned. The return of Byfuglien was welcomed, though a lot of people questioned his usage in the overtime period. The Jets will be looking to run away with two points from a team that has been sitting in the basement all season. They go in against the 30th powerplay in the league that might have a hindered defence. 

Recently for the Sabres…

The Sabres are coming off a 6-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild, in which they also lost their number one defencemen to a game misconduct early, plus a possible suspension. Rasmus Ristolainen laid a hit to the head of Mikko Koivu and was ejected from the game. It is not certain if he will be suspended, but should Player Safety make that call, it’s likely that Corsi-blackhole, Josh Gorges will slot into the lineup. As this will be the second game of a back-to-back, another likely guess is that Chad Johnson will be in net. .

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Recently between the two teams…

This is the first time these teams will be meeting this season. The last time they met was a year ago, in Buffalo, and that was the game in which Jake McCabe concussed Patrik Laine. The two teams haven’t met since then and will meet again next week when Winnipeg travels to Buffalo on Tuesday to finish up the season series against them.

Winnipeg Jets Lines

Lines courtesy DailyFaceoff.com

 

LW C RW
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR
Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT
Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP
Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY
Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA
Shawn Matthias
SHAWN MATTHIAS
Matt Hendricks
MATT HENDRICKS
Marko Dano
MARKO DANO
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY
Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT
Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
Steve Mason
STEVE MASON

Buffalo Sabres Lines

LW C RW
Zemgus  Girgensons
ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS
Jack Eichel
JACK EICHEL
Sam Reinhart
SAM REINHART
Evander Kane
EVANDER KANE
Ryan O'Reilly
RYAN O’REILLY
Kyle Okposo
KYLE OKPOSO
Benoit Pouliot
BENOIT POULIOT
Evan Rodrigues
EVAN RODRIGUES
Jason Pominville
JASON POMINVILLE
Johan Larsson
JOHAN LARSSON
Jacob Josefson
JACOB JOSEFSON
Jordan Nolan
JORDAN NOLAN
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Marco Scandella
MARCO SCANDELLA
Rasmus Ristolainen
RASMUS RISTOLAINEN
Jake McCabe
JAKE MCCABE
Zach Bogosian
ZACH BOGOSIAN
Nathan Beaulieu
NATHAN BEAULIEU
Justin Falk
JUSTIN FALK
GOALIES
Robin Lehner
ROBIN LEHNER
Chad Johnson
CHAD JOHNSON

Gameday Prediction

Easy wins are anything but these days, so my prediction is that the Jets will win 2-1 and there will be forced narrative over the McCabe/Laine hit from a year ago.