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JNGD.56 Flight Plan: Off-Broadway

After going 4-1-0 in the first half of the home stand, the Winnipeg Jets kick off the second half with a visit from an old friend in former Jets starting goalie Ondrej Pavelec, possible future Winnipeg Jet Rick Nash, and the New York Rangers.

New York Rangers (26-24-5)
@
Winnipeg Jets (32-14-9)

February 11, 2018 – Puck drop: 2:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB.
TV: TSN3 – Radio: TSN 1290

Recently for the Jets…

The Jets finally had a clunker of a game at home against the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. The loss ended an eight game points streak where they had gone 6-0-2 and a ten game home points streak where they were 9-0-1. If you were looking for a silver lining to that loss though, it could be that pretty much every player and coach was not pleased in the least with their effort and knew they had to be better. Need another silver lining to look forward to today? The Jets are 6-0-0 in games played on Sundays this season. One thing to note that is starting to be a bit of a concern is that this will be Connor Hellebuyck’s 11th start in the last 12 games the Jets have played. The string of injuries this team has had to deal with may be starting to catch up to them a bit.

Recently for the Rangers…

The Rangers beat the Calgary Flames at home on Friday night to snap a four game losing streak. The Rangers have lost 10 of their last 14 games and this past week sent out a letter to fans suggesting that a rebuild was on its way very soon, but the truth is the Rangers are still only four points out of a playoff spot in the East. The Rangers have actually been a pretty strong home team, but have been awful on the road where they are 8-14-2 this season. They will be getting dynamic youngster Jimmy Vesey back into the lineup today as he was cleared to return, but they won’t have Ondrej Pavelec on the ice or even on the bench as he was injured in that win over Calgary. So much for the impending video tribute…

Recently between both clubs…

The last time these two teams played was December 8 of 2016 that the Rangers won by a 2-1 score. Today is the first of two meetings the clubs will have this season, the second meeting taking place in New York on March 6.

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE
Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE
Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT
Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP
Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA
Marko Dano
MARKO DANO
Nicolas Petan
NICOLAS PETAN
Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS
Tobias Enstrom
TOBIAS ENSTROM
Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
Eric Comrie
ERIC COMRIE

New York Rangers Lines

LW C RW
Rick Nash
RICK NASH
Mika Zibanejad
MIKA ZIBANEJAD
Mats Zuccarello
MATS ZUCCARELLO
Michael Grabner
MICHAEL GRABNER
Kevin Hayes
KEVIN HAYES
J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER
Jimmy Vesey
JIMMY VESEY
David Desharnais
DAVID DESHARNAIS
Jesper Fast
JESPER FAST
Cody McLeod
CODY MCLEOD
Peter Holland
PETER HOLLAND
Vinni Lettieri
VINNI LETTIERI
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Brady Skjei
BRADY SKJEI
Steve Kampfer
STEVE KAMPFER
Nick Holden
NICK HOLDEN
Anthony DeAngelo
ANTHONY DEANGELO
John Gilmour
JOHN GILMOUR
Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK
GOALIES
Henrik Lundqvist
HENRIK LUNDQVIST
Ondrej Pavelec
ONDREJ PAVELEC

Gameday Prediction

Expect a renewed focus from the Jets in this game. They knew they were their own worst enemy against the Blues but also have the confidence to know that a loss like that is an exception and not the normal way things go. Jets win today by a 4-2 score.