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JNGD.77 Flight Plan: Jets Aim For Seven In A Row In Chicago

It’s late-March and as always the case in late season meetings between the Blackhawks and Jets, one team is gearing up for a playoff run they hope takes them well into April, while the other team is already in “next year” mode and taking a look at kids coming up through their system.

That hasn’t changed, it’s that the roles are reversed this season that still feels a bit odd.

Winnipeg Jets (47-19-10)
@
Chicago Blackhawks (31-36-10)

March 29, 2018 – Puck drop: 7:30 PM CST
United Center – Chicago, IL.
TV: TSN3 – Radio: TSN 1290

Recently for the Jets…

A perfect 6-0-0 home stand for the Winnipeg Jets was capped off with a hat trick from Brandon Tanev (still seems odd to type that) and a shootout win over the Boston Bruins. While the Jets have been great at even strength, their special teams has struggles a bit both with the man advantage and on the penalty kill. It hasn’t been helped much by the fact the Jets have had a few games now where they’ve taken lazy or reckless penalties that have held them back. They’ve gotten away with it recently, but with the playoffs looming, it would be wise to work those kinks out of their system. Connor Hellebuyck has also played a long stretch of games recently, so Eric Comrie gets the call for the Jets tonight in Chicago.

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Recently for the Blackhawks…

How the mighty have fallen. The Hawks have only won one of their last seven played and have been decimated by injuries. Chicago is firmly in “play prospects and see what we got for next season and beyond mode” as youth was starting to be served in their loss against San Jose and may even piled on more tonight. The future doesn’t look too bad in Chicago as Nick Schmaltz, Alex DeBrincat and Vinnie Hinostroza have all shown flashes of being top six capable forwards for the Hawks. Goalie Collin Delia – who has been pretty strong in AHL Rockford – was just called up by the Hawks on Wednesday and he could get a look over their last five games while Dylan Sikura and Blake Hillman could be making their debut tonight as well.

Recently between both teams…

In their last game the Blackhawks got started quickly a minute into the game before Winnipeg erupted for five goals in the first period. The Hawks got a second goal in the second period and while the Jets didn’t really go for the kill the rest of the game, they held down the Hawks with a strong, steady attack the rest of the game. The Jets still trail in the season series 1-2-0 with tonight’s game and a game back at home on April 7 to close out the five game set.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 78.1#16 LW

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Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 81.4#11 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 82.7#3 RW

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Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 77.9#17 LW

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Paul Stastny
PAUL STASTNY

Rating: 75.7#50 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 85.4#2 RW

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 76.3#40 LW

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 70.8#161 C

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 75.3#55 RW

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 68.6#129 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 73.5#46 C

Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA

Rating: 73.2#45 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 74.2#66 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 75.6#46 RD

Tobias Enstrom
TOBIAS ENSTROM

Rating: 72.0#140 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 80.2#13 RD

Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 72.4#117 LD

Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW

Rating: 72.6#111 RD

GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 73.6#24 G1

Eric Comrie
ERIC COMRIE

Rating: 71.2#44 G2

Chicago Blackhawks Lines

LW C RW
Brandon Saad
BRANDON SAAD

Rating: 75.3#27 LW

Victor Ejdsell
VICTOR EJDSELL

Rating: 72.6#103 C

Patrick Kane
PATRICK KANE

Rating: 81.4#5 RW

Vince Hinostroza
VINCE HINOSTROZA

Rating: 71.7#131 LW

Nick Schmaltz
NICK SCHMALTZ

Rating: 73.0#92 C

Alex DeBrincat
ALEX DEBRINCAT

Rating: 75.1#29 RW

Tomas Jurco
TOMAS JURCO

Rating: 70.4#82 LW

Artem Anisimov
ARTEM ANISIMOV

Rating: 72.1#112 C

Andreas Martinsen
ANDREAS MARTINSEN

Rating: 67.5#223 RW

Patrick Sharp
PATRICK SHARP

Rating: 70.0#110 LW

David Kampf
DAVID KAMPF

Rating: 71.4#65 C

Matthew Highmore
MATTHEW HIGHMORE
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Duncan Keith
DUNCAN KEITH

Rating: 75.9#45 LD

Brent Seabrook
BRENT SEABROOK

Rating: 73.7#74 RD

Erik Gustafsson
ERIK GUSTAFSSON

Rating: 72.2#130 LD

Jan Rutta
JAN RUTTA

Rating: 72.3#120 RD

Jordan Oesterle
JORDAN OESTERLE

Rating: 72.1#134 LD

Connor Murphy
CONNOR MURPHY

Rating: 70.5#210 RD

GOALIES
Anton Forsberg
ANTON FORSBERG

Rating: 61.7#72 G1

Jean-Francois Berube
JEAN-FRANCOIS BERUBE

Gameday Prediction

It feels strange say that a game against the Blackhawks should be an automatic W, but really, look at that lineup above and short of the Jets completely mailing in an effort or goaltending heroics in the Hawks end of the ice, tell me how their lineup beats Winnipeg’s. They shouldn’t. They don’t. Jets win 6-2.


 

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