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JNGD.74 Flight Plan: Jets Hope Not To Quack Without Laine

The Jets are looking to make it four wins in a row tonight… Will they try to do so with or without Patrik Laine? An entire city’s focus right now on the injured leg of the young Finnish superstar.

Anaheim Ducks (38-24-12)
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Winnipeg Jets (44-19-10)

March 23, 2018 – Puck drop: 7:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MN.
TV: TSN3 – Radio: TSN 1290

Recently for the Jets…

The shine of a rare overtime win against the Kings on Tuesday night was slightly dimmed as the dark cloud of a long term Patrik Laine injury loomed large after he took a puck off his leg and left the game in the second period. But fear not as the injury was called just a bruise and while we’re not sure – and probably won’t know until tonight’s pre-game skate – if the Jets will be without the Finnish sniper for the weekend, it’s better than what it could have been. If Laine is away, look for the top line of Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and the suddenly hot Kyle Connor who did all the scoring for the Jets against the Kings. The Jets have three wins in as many games of this home-stand and are looking for their second four game win streak in the month of March.

Recently for the Ducks…

Don’t look now, but the Ducks – who have been meddling for most of this entire season – are getting hot at just the right time as they’re 7-3-0 in their last ten games and have won their last four games. Their latest win was a masterful 4-0 shutout over the floundering Calgary Flames and they’ve done it with grit and the goaltending of John Gibson but as of late the Ducks offense has been strong as well.

Recently between both teams…

This is the third and final game between the two teams and the Jets have earned points against the Ducks in the first two contests that both took place in Anaheim. They earned a 4-1 at the Pond on November 24, and then a couple of months later the Jets snuck out a 4-3 shoot out win. One area that the Jets would like to help themselves when it comes to facing the Ducks would be their power play as they are 3 for 33 against the Ducks over their last nine games. The Ducks average 10.1 penalty minutes per game which makes them fifth in the league.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 74.1#39 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 79.8#15 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 81.3#5 RW

Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 77.8#14 LW

Paul Stastny
PAUL STASTNY

Rating: 76.0#49 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 85.7#2 RW

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 76.0#48 LW

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 70.5#162 C

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 74.2#70 RW

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 68.5#126 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 73.4#46 C

Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA

Rating: 72.2#53 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 73.3#80 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 75.2#52 RD

Tobias Enstrom
TOBIAS ENSTROM

Rating: 71.9#141 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 79.3#17 RD

Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW

Rating: 71.2#176 LD

Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.3#172 RD

GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 73.7#27 G1

Eric Comrie
ERIC COMRIE

Rating: 71.2#43 G2

Anaheim Ducks Lines

LW C RW
Rickard Rakell
RICKARD RAKELL

Rating: 80.4#13 LW

Ryan Getzlaf
RYAN GETZLAF

Rating: 82.1#7 C

Corey Perry
COREY PERRY

Rating: 74.7#30 RW

Andrew Cogliano
ANDREW COGLIANO

Rating: 70.9#154 LW

Ryan Kesler
RYAN KESLER

Rating: 74.8#62 C

Jakob Silfverberg
JAKOB SILFVERBERG

Rating: 74.8#33 RW

Nick Ritchie
NICK RITCHIE

Rating: 71.5#78 LW

Adam Henrique
ADAM HENRIQUE

Rating: 75.6#55 C

Ondrej Kase
ONDREJ KASE

Rating: 74.5#32 RW

Jason Chimera
JASON CHIMERA

Rating: 70.5#101 LW

Derek Grant
DEREK GRANT

Rating: 69.8#187 C

Chris Kelly
CHRIS KELLY

Rating: 68.3#214 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Cam Fowler
CAM FOWLER

Rating: 77.6#28 LD

Brandon Montour
BRANDON MONTOUR

Rating: 75.9#43 RD

Josh Manson
JOSH MANSON

Rating: 74.5#59 LD

Hampus Lindholm
HAMPUS LINDHOLM

Rating: 77.3#33 RD

Marcus Pettersson
MARCUS PETTERSSON
Francois Beauchemin
FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN

Rating: 72.2#123 RD

GOALIES
John Gibson
JOHN GIBSON

Rating: 81.9#2 G1

Ryan Miller
RYAN MILLER

Rating: 74.8#18 G2

Gameday prediction

Two teams playing some pretty good hockey as of late should make for a good game tonight. With or without Laine, the Jets are going to have to try and put up a few goals against a Ducks team that has scored 4 in each of their last three games. With the Jets being more in “protect for the playoffs” mode than the Ducks are, they might not have enough fire power to do so. Ducks win 5-3.