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JNGD.57 Flight Plan: Winning Tonight Is A Capital Idea!

Another home game and another division leader in town as this time it’s the Metropolitan division leading Washington Capitals paying a visit to Bell MTS Place. This is the third division leader that the Jets have seen this month after also getting visits from the Vegas Golden Knights and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Washington Capitals (32-17-6)
@
Winnipeg Jets (32-15-9)

February 13, 2018 – Puck drop: 7:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB.
TV: TSN3 – Radio: TSN 1290

Recently for the Jets…

Sure it feels a little bit like the sky is falling after back to back losses on home ice, but the Jets are still 6-2-2 in their last ten games. No need to panic yet, and the Jets did catch a bit of a break on Sunday with other Central division teams losing, but that likely won’t happen too many nights going forward. The Jets haven’t lost three in a row yet this season, they will look to avoid doing that now. One positive note for the club in the last couple of losses has been the Jets penalty kill which is a perfect six for six and overall is seventh in the league with an 82.7% kill percentage.

Recently for the Caps…

Tonight is the start of a four game road trip – the longest of the season – for the Caps. Washington has been running hot and cold over the last little while, posting a 4-3-3 mark over their last ten games. On Sunday they managed to scrap and claw back from a three goal deficit in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings but ultimately fell short in overtime. Leading the way offensively for the Caps as always is Alex Ovechkin who leads the NHL in goals with 33 and has 60 points in 55 games played. On the defensive side of things, John Carlson has always been a bit of a Jets-killer and tonight could be no different. He has nine goals and 44 points in 55 games played. Braden Holtby gets the start tonight and he too is doing Braden Holtby things, posting a 28-10-3 record with a .914 save percentage.

Recently between both teams…

This is the first of two meetings between the teams this season with both clubs set to meet again in Washington in March. Last season the Jets lost both games against the Caps, though one of them was an overtime loss.

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT
Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE
Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE
Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP
Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA
Nicolas Petan
NICOLAS PETAN
Matt Hendricks
MATT HENDRICKS
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

Washington Capitals Lines

LW C RW
Alex Ovechkin
ALEX OVECHKIN
Nicklas Backstrom
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
Tom Wilson
TOM WILSON
Jakub Vrana
JAKUB VRANA
Evgeny Kuznetsov
EVGENY KUZNETSOV
T.J. Oshie
T.J. OSHIE
Brett Connolly
BRETT CONNOLLY
Lars Eller
LARS ELLER
Andre Burakovsky
ANDRE BURAKOVSKY
Chandler Stephenson
CHANDLER STEPHENSON
Jay Beagle
JAY BEAGLE
Devante Smith-Pelly
DEVANTE SMITH-PELLY
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Christian Djoos
CHRISTIAN DJOOS
John Carlson
JOHN CARLSON
Matt Niskanen
MATT NISKANEN
Dmitri Orlov
DMITRI ORLOV
Brooks Orpik
BROOKS ORPIK
Madison Bowey
MADISON BOWEY
GOALIES
Braden Holtby
BRADEN HOLTBY
Philipp Grubauer
PHILIPP GRUBAUER

Gameday Prediction

They can’t lose three in a row.. can they? The Caps are always a tough out and can beat you both in an offensive shootout or shut you down defensively. Call it superstition, but the last couple of losses we’ve predicted as wins, so let’s call for a 5-3 Capitals win and hope the opposite holds true.

  • Did Maurice forget that Connor played with Scheifele and Wheeler before Scheifele’s injury and they were very good. I also think that Roslovic would be a better option on Scheifele’s line than Perreault. Perreault would work better with Copp and Armia than on the top line.