0

JNGD.S8.G23 Flight Plan: Laine On The Cusp Of History

For all of his accomplishments, there is one thing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby was never able to achieve that Patrik Laine will likely do as early as tonight when he and the Winnipeg Jets take on Crosby’s Penguins… Score 100 goals before his 21st birthday.

Laine stands one away from the century mark and is still months away from his birthday in April so his place in a very exclusive list of players who have hit such an accomplishment is all but assured.

Patrik Laine’s Last Five Games
Scor Scor Scor Goal Goal
Rk Date Tm Opp G A PTS EV PP S S% TOI
1 2018-11-24 WPG @ STL W 5 0 5 4 1 5 100.0 18:43
2 2018-11-23 WPG @ MIN L 1 0 1 1 0 4 25.0 15:11
3 2018-11-21 WPG @ CGY L 2 0 2 1 1 6 33.3 21:00
4 2018-11-19 WPG @ VAN W 3 0 3 3 0 6 50.0 17:25
5 2018-11-16 WPG BUF L-SO 0 1 1 0 0 2 0.0 19:36

Of course, this isn’t to say that with this one feat, Laine puts himself on equal footing with Crosby. At the age of 31, Crosby’s hockey resume is as lengthy and impressive a distinguished record as some of the all-time greats in hockey.  Three Stanley Cups, seven time all-star, two time MVP, two time scoring champion, two time playoff MVP, two time gold medal winner, etcetera, etcetera. Had it not been an ankle injury that robbed him of 28 games in the 2007-08 season, Crosby as well likely would have been on the list of players to score 100 before turning legal age to drink in the United States.

The list of players who have hit 100 goals before the age of 21 is a short one. Six have only pulled off such a feat. Wayne Gretzky (of course), Jimmy Carson, Dale Hawerchuk, Steven Stamkos, Ilya Kovalchuk and Brian Bellows. Two Hockey Hall of Famers, with a third (Bellows) who should be in the Hall, and a fourth who could be a lock (Stamkos) depending how his career finishes out. And Laine has a chance to place himself quite high on that list over the next four months.

And the 100 goal mark is not the only history that Laine eyes going into tonight’s game.

Laine’s 16 goals for the month of November is four short of the all-time NHL record for most in a month. That record is co-owned by Teemu Selanne and Joe Malone with 20.

At the rate he’s been going this past week, would you bet against him hitting the mark?

Pittsburgh Penguins (9-8-5 / 7th Metro)
@
Winnipeg Jets (13-7-2 / 4th Central)

November 27, 2018 – Puck drop: 6:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB
TV: TSN 3– Radio: TSN 1290

vs CBJ: 4-2 Win Last Game @ STL: 8-4 Win
2-1-2 (1 W) Last 5 Games 2-2-1 (2 W)
Jake Guentzel – 11 Goal Leader Patrik Laine – 19
Evgeni Malkin – 21 Assist Leader Blake Wheeler – 23
Evgeni Malkin – 30 Points Leader Blake Wheeler – 27
25.00% (7th) The Power Play 30.43% (1st)
81.82% (9th) The Penalty Kill 81.58% (10th)
Casey DeSmith
(5-3-3) / .927 Sv%)
Starting Goalie Connor Hellebuyck
(9-6-1 / .912Sv%)
W vs CBJ (37-39/ .949 Sv%) Last Goalie Start L @ MIN (35-38/ .921 Sv%)
4-3-3 On Road Road v Home Record 8-2-2 @ Home

Penguins Lineup

LW C RW Forwards
Jake Guentzel
JAKE GUENTZEL

Rating: 78.2#18 LW

Sidney Crosby
SIDNEY CROSBY

Rating: 88.1#2 C

Dominik Simon
DOMINIK SIMON

Rating: 70.7#153 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 79.03#13 FL1
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 73.1#53 LW

Evgeni Malkin
EVGENI MALKIN

Rating: 83.7#7 C

Phil Kessel
PHIL KESSEL

Rating: 77.6#17 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 78.13#3 FL2
Zach Aston-Reese
ZACH ASTON-REESE

Rating: 72.9#56 LW

Derick Brassard
DERICK BRASSARD

Rating: 73.3#74 C

Bryan Rust
BRYAN RUST

Rating: 73.0#58 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.06#5 FL3
Garrett Wilson
GARRETT WILSON

Rating: 73.3#52 LW

Riley Sheahan
RILEY SHEAHAN

Rating: 69.0#183 C

Daniel Sprong
DANIEL SPRONG

Rating: 73.8#47 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.00#4 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Brian Dumoulin
BRIAN DUMOULIN

Rating: 74.1#39 LD

Kris Letang
KRIS LETANG

Rating: 81.5#3 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 77.81#6 DL1
Olli Maatta
OLLI MAATTA

Rating: 73.2#50 LD

Juuso Riikola
JUUSO RIIKOLA

Rating: 72.2#52 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.72#19 DL2
Jack Johnson
JACK JOHNSON

Rating: 70.9#103 LD

Jamie Oleksiak
JAMIE OLEKSIAK

Rating: 72.2#72 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.52#19 DL3
GOALIES
Casey DeSmith
CASEY DESMITH

Rating: 73.9#23 G1

Tristan Jarry
TRISTAN JARRY

Rating: 70.6#42 G2

Last Penguins Game

Jets Lineup

LW C RW Forwards
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 75.4#32 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 83.9#6 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 80.4#6 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 79.91#8 FL1
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 78.9#13 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 73.9#62 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 82.8#2 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 78.52#2 FL2
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 73.2#75 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 72.5#99 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 70.4#96 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.05#13 FL3
Brendan Lemieux
BRENDAN LEMIEUX

Rating: 71.2#93 LW

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 70.6#156 C

Nicolas Petan
NICOLAS PETAN

Rating: 68.7#115 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.18#21 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 74.3#36 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 76.8#20 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.57#14 DL1
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.8#80 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 81.2#5 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 76.52#4 DL2
Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW

Rating: 71.1#98 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 74.6#30 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.86#7 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 75.6#16 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 66.7#63 G2

Last Jets Game

Player ratings are provided by Corsica.Hockey Be sure to check out our Twitter feed for any late mid-day updates to the game lineups! You can also get up to the minute lineup combos for the Winnipeg Jets including power play and penalty kill lines by checking out our line combo page.