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JNGD.66 Flight Plan: Ranger Danger

Game two of the Jets six game road trip takes them to MSG in New York to take on a Rangers team that may or may not be rebuilding, we’re not entirely sure. Their GM says yes, but their latest three game winning streak – fueled by great goaltending – suggests otherwise.

Speaking of goaltending, the Jets get Steve Mason back between the pipes tonight! here is hoping he can provide some much needed relief for Hellebuyck.

Winnipeg Jets (39-17-9)
@
New York Rangers (30-30-6)

March 6, 2018 – Puck drop: 6:00 PM CST
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY.
TV: TSN3 – Radio: TSN 1290

Recently for the Jets…

Much like the Rangers as we’ll discuss in a moment, the Jets have won their last couple of games, but it hasn’t been pretty. Except for Patrik Laine and his line with Paul Stastny and Nik Ehlers, they’ve been oh so pretty with all those goals and points tallied up. Connor Hellebuyck has put in some pretty nice work in as well over the last two games with a 30 save performance against Detroit and a 33 save effort in Carolina. Other than that though, the defense is fatigued but the return of Tobias Enstrom which we thought would happen tonight now likely may not happen until Thursday.. maybe… One guy who is returning though is Steve Mason who will get his first start since January 5.

Recently for the Rangers…

Following a seven game losing streak that for sure made them sellers at the trade deadline, the Rangers have had quite the successful run through Western Canada this past week with wins in Vancouver last Wednesday, Calgary on Friday and Edmonton on Saturday night. It might be worth noting however that the Rangers have been out-shot in all three of those games, the first two of those two games featuring 50+ save performances by Henrik Lundqvist. The win in Edmonton required strong goaltending from their backup Alexandar Georgiev as well as the Oilers being the Oilers and shooting themselves in the foot. The win streak has put the Rangers within five points of a playoff spot, but at this point the gap may be too big and filled with too many teams in the way of that final wild card spot.

Recently between both teams…

The teams met a little under a month ago and were stone-walled by King Hank as he made 37 saves in a 3-1 Rangers win in Winnipeg. the loss was the third straight the Jets have suffered against the Rangers dating back to November 2016. On the bright side, the Jets in recent seasons have had decent success playing in “The World’s Most Famous Arena” going 3-1-0 in their last four games played there.

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR
Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE
Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT
Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE
Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS
Paul Stastny
PAUL STASTNY
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE
Matt Hendricks
MATT HENDRICKS
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP
Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY
Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS
Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT
GOALIES
Steve Mason
STEVE MASON
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

New York Rangers Lines

LW C RW
Chris Kreider
CHRIS KREIDER
Mika Zibanejad
MIKA ZIBANEJAD
Pavel Buchnevich
PAVEL BUCHNEVICH
Jimmy Vesey
JIMMY VESEY
Vladislav Namestnikov
VLADISLAV NAMESTNIKOV
Mats Zuccarello
MATS ZUCCARELLO
Ryan Spooner
RYAN SPOONER
Kevin Hayes
KEVIN HAYES
Jesper Fast
JESPER FAST
Paul Carey
PAUL CAREY
Peter Holland
PETER HOLLAND
Cody McLeod
CODY MCLEOD
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Brady Skjei
BRADY SKJEI
Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK
Marc Staal
MARC STAAL
Rob O'Gara
ROB O’GARA
John Gilmour
JOHN GILMOUR
Anthony DeAngelo
ANTHONY DEANGELO
GOALIES
Henrik Lundqvist
HENRIK LUNDQVIST
Alexandar Georgiev
ALEXANDAR GEORGIEV

Gameday Prediction

The Rangers have eyes towards the future, but someone keeps forgetting to tell Henrik Lunqvist that and he has eyes for the playoffs. This could be a frustrating night if you like the Jets offense. Rangers squeak out a 2-1 win.

 


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