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JNGD.S8.G21 Flight Plan: A Wild American Thanksgiving

The Winnipeg Jets are up against the Minnesota Wild in what will be a rematch of last year’s first playoff round. It’s also American Thanksgiving this weekend which means a 3:00 pm start time on a weekday. Although, maybe you’ve taken the day off work to get some Black Friday deals, in which case, you can enjoy some great hockey as the Jets and Wild go head to head.

Winnipeg Jets (12-6-2)
@
Minnesota Wild (13-7-2)

November 23, 2018 – Puck drop: 3:00 PM CST
Xcel Energy Center – Saint Paul, MN
TV: TSN 3 – Radio: TSN 1290

vs CGY: 6-3 Loss Last Game vs OTT: 6-4 Win
3-1-1 (1 L) Last 5 Games 2-3-0 (1 W)
Patrik Laine – 13 Goal Leader Mikael Granlund – 10
Blake Wheeler – 22 Assist Leader Mikko Koivu – 15
Blake Wheeler – 25 Points Leader Mikael Granlund – 22
31.70% (2nd) The Power Play 23.30% (10th)
80.60% (13th) The Penalty Kill 85.70% (3rd)
Connor Hellebuyck
(9-5-1 / .909 Sv%)
Starting Goalie Devan Dubnyk
(9-5-2) / .921 Sv%)
L vs CGY (6-9) / .667 Sv%) Last Goalie Start W vs OTT (22-26) / .846 Sv%)
4-4-0 On Road Road v Home Record 7-2-2 At Home

Jets Notebook

  • The Jets are coming off a terrible loss to Calgary where they gave up five goals in the first period. It was a poor defensive effort in the first period and Hellebuyck got pulled after letting in three goals. Brossoit didn’t fare much better as he let in two goals as well. The defensive game needs to be much better if the Jets want to compete against the Wild.
  • Connor Hellebuyck didn’t look very sharp against the Wild even though he didn’t get much help from the guys in front of him. Regardless, all eyes will be on Hellebuyck as he’s looking for a bounce back performance.
  • Patrik Laine’s hot streak continued in Calgary as he scored another two goals. With five goals in his last two games he has climbed the ranks of league scoring extremely fast going from nearly 50th in the league to the top ten.
  • This is game one of a back to back set where the Jets will fly to St. Louis right after the game. It’s always tough to play two days in a row, especially with travel, but the Jets will be able rest afterwards as they get two days off before they host Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

Last Jets Game

Wild Notebook

  • The Wild get to enjoy Thanksgiving at home as they are in the middle of a three game homestand. They hosted Ottawa on Tuesday, and they don’t play again until next Tuesday when they finish their homestand against the Arizona Coyotes.
  • One of the surprises in the Central Division is how good the Wild have been. Many people expected them to regress given the age and state of their roster. They are proving the doubters wrong as they are second in the Central Division and playing some great hockey.
  • The defensive core for Minnesota has been exceptional to start the season. Suter, Dumba, and Spurgeon all have over 10 points which mean they are all in the top 30 for points among defensmen. Matt Dumba in particular has been outstanding as he is leading all defensemen with 10 goals.
  • The special teams battle will be intriguing to watch as the Jets have the second best powerplay in the league while the Wild have the third best penalty kill. This will be an interesting game within a game as both teams are hoping to come out on top.

Last Wild Game

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

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Rating: 76.1#28 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 85.0#5 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 82.3#2 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 81.13#2 FL1
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

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Rating: 77.3#21 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 73.4#71 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

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Rating: 81.4#4 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.37#2 FL2
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

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Rating: 71.1#91 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 72.5#96 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 70.2#101 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.25#25 FL3
Nicolas Petan
NICOLAS PETAN

Rating: 67.9#137 LW

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 71.1#136 C

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 73.9#45 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.97#10 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 74.4#32 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 77.3#19 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.90#12 DL1
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 72.5#58 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 81.9#2 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 77.20#2 DL2
Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW

Rating: 70.3#110 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 74.2#35 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.26#8 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 75.8#13 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 66.8#63 G2

Minnesota Wild Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Jason Zucker
JASON ZUCKER

Rating: 77.7#20 LW

Eric Staal
ERIC STAAL

Rating: 80.4#17 C

Mikael Granlund
MIKAEL GRANLUND

Rating: 78.4#29 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.83#14 FL1
Zach Parise
ZACH PARISE

Rating: 76.0#30 LW

Mikko Koivu
MIKKO KOIVU

Rating: 75.9#41 C

Nino Niederreiter
NINO NIEDERREITER

Rating: 73.9#42 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.26#6 FL2
Jordan Greenway
JORDAN GREENWAY

Rating: 71.4#89 LW

Joel Eriksson Ek
JOEL ERIKSSON EK

Rating: 70.5#149 C

Charlie Coyle
CHARLIE COYLE

Rating: 71.7#117 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.23#25 FL3
Marcus Foligno
MARCUS FOLIGNO

Rating: 70.0#113 LW

Eric Fehr
ERIC FEHR

Rating: 69.9#106 C

J.T. Brown
J.T. BROWN

Rating: 69.0#114 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.63#24 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Ryan Suter
RYAN SUTER

Rating: 79.4#5 LD

Mathew Dumba
MATHEW DUMBA

Rating: 78.6#15 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 79.01#2 DL1
Jonas Brodin
JONAS BRODIN

Rating: 74.4#32 LD

Jared Spurgeon
JARED SPURGEON

Rating: 77.5#18 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.93#5 DL2
Nick Seeler
NICK SEELER

Rating: 72.1#70 LD

Greg Pateryn
GREG PATERYN

Rating: 71.6#69 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.85#13 DL3
GOALIES
Devan Dubnyk
DEVAN DUBNYK

Rating: 73.0#26 G1

Alex Stalock
ALEX STALOCK

Rating: 69.6#49 G2


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