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JNGD.48 Flight Plan: Jets Look To Continue Canuck Dominance

A day after both the Jets and Canucks did that hockey thing in Alberta – with somewhat different results – both teams hopped on planes and headed east where they’ll play their second game in as many nights as they meet up at Bell MTS Place for Sunday Night Hockey.

Vancouver Canucks (18-22-6)
@
Winnipeg Jets (27-13-7)

January 21, 2018 – Puck drop: 7:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB.
TV: Sportsnet – Radio: TSN 1290

Recently for the Jets…

The Jets got back into action with a 2-1 shootout win over the Calgary Flames in a game where they looked a lot faster – a stride or two quicker we’d say – against the Flames than they had previously looked against the Blackhawks or Wild going into the break. Mathieu Perreault had the Jets lone goal in regulation time – a nice redirection of a Bryan Little shot that tied things up in the second period. Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves in the game and stopped both Calgary shootout attempts while Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler did the scoring in the skills competition.

Recently for the Canucks…

This is the last game of a seven game road trip for the Canucks – which was broken up by a week long break, meaning the Canucks haven’t had a home game since Janurary 2nd. It’s been an ok trip all things considered as the team has gone 2-3-1 during it including an impressive win in Columbus and a clutch OT win in Minnesota. Vancouver is still a bit banged up as they just got Brandon Sutter back from injury and are still (possibly) without Bo Horvat who is likely a gametime decision.

Recently between both teams…

Winnipeg has taken both games the teams have played against each other, the Jets taking game one in Vancouver by a 4-2 score early in the start of the season, and then a little more recently putting a 5-1 beat down on them on December 11 with a 5-1 victory in Winnipeg. Jacob Markstrom was the goalie in both of those games and while he has his moments of stellar play, did not look good in either game against the Jets. Markstrom played last night in Edmonton, so it could be Anders Nilsson who gets the start for the Nucks today.

Winnipeg Jets Lines

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
Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP
Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA
Marko Dano
MARKO DANO
Matt Hendricks
MATT HENDRICKS
Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY
Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS
Tobias Enstrom
TOBIAS ENSTROM
Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
Michael Hutchinson
MICHAEL HUTCHINSON

Vancouver Canucks Lines

LW C RW
Thomas Vanek
THOMAS VANEK
Sam Gagner
SAM GAGNER
Brock Boeser
BROCK BOESER
Daniel Sedin
DANIEL SEDIN
Henrik Sedin
HENRIK SEDIN
Loui Eriksson
LOUI ERIKSSON
Sven Baertschi
SVEN BAERTSCHI
Brandon Sutter
BRANDON SUTTER
Markus Granlund
MARKUS GRANLUND
Brendan Gaunce
BRENDAN GAUNCE
Nic Dowd
NIC DOWD
Jake Virtanen
JAKE VIRTANEN
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Alexander Edler
ALEXANDER EDLER
Troy Stecher
TROY STECHER
Michael Del Zotto
MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO
Chris Tanev
CHRIS TANEV
Ben Hutton
BEN HUTTON
Derrick Pouliot
DERRICK POULIOT
GOALIES
Jacob Markstrom
JACOB MARKSTROM
Anders Nilsson
ANDERS NILSSON

Gameday Prediction

The Jets were able to get a late afternoon flight out of Calgary and get home as a reasonable time – probably right about when the Canucks were in the middle of their game against the Oilers. We don’t want to overstate the effect of travel on these players, but it’s got to be a bit of an advantage for the Jets today. That and the fact the Jets are a better team really. Jets win this game 5-2.