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JNGD.S8.G26 Flight Plan: Jets And Rangers Meet Up And Defense Again Might Be Optional

The Winnipeg Jets and New York Rangers as of late have had issues with their team defense and while the Jets have managed to keep their head above water despite it, the Rangers have seen a handful of their games sunk by it. The Rangers at least have had the luxury of Henrik Lundqvist in goal and he continues to be a standout at the age of 36. The Jets meanwhile will go back to Connor Hellebuyck who has struggled at times this season behind a somewhat leaky Jets defense.

This could be a bit of a high scoring affair this afternoon at MSG.

Winnipeg Jets (15-8-2 / 3rd Central)
@
New York Rangers (13-12-2 / 5th Metro)

December 2, 2018 – Puck drop: 5:00 PM CST
Madison Square Garden  – New York, NY
TV: TSN 3 – Radio: TSN 1290

@NJD: 4-3 OT Win Last Game @ MTL: 5-2 Loss
3-2-0 (2 W) Last 5 Games 1-4-0 (2 L)
Patrik Laine – 21 Goal Leader Chris Kreider – 13
Blake Wheeler – 29 Assist Leader Mika Zibanejad – 15
Blake Wheeler – 33 Points Leader Mika Zibanejad – 23
29.33% (2nd) The Power Play 19.28% (18th)
81.71% (Tied 8th) The Penalty Kill 78.05% (21st)
Connor Hellebuyck
(10-7-1 / .904 Sv%)
Starting Goalie Henrik Lundqvist
(9-8-2 / .920 Sv%)
W vs CHI (26-31/ .839 Sv%) Last Goalie Start L @ OTT (31-34/ .912 Sv%)

Jets Notebook

  • Maybe instead of trying to lead after 40 minutes of play, the Jets should instead just look to be tied as the second period ends. Winnipeg is now a perfect 6-0-0 this season in games where the score is tied after two periods of play.
  • The Jets are 1-2-0 so far in second games of back-to-back sets like this game is today in New York. Last season the Jets were 4-4-1 in the second game. After tonight, the Jets will have six more back to back sets left in the season.
  • Mark Scheifele has a four game points streak, but even more impressive is the fact he’s gone back to back games with two goals in each and the last three games have all been multi-point games for number 55. Blake Wheeler has a three game points streak. Patrik Laine has yet to score in the month of December, should we be concerned?
  • Winnipeg has enjoyed their time at the World’s Most Famous Arena recently as they are 4-1-0 in their last five trips to MSG. Last season the teams split their two game season series with the Rangers stealing a 3-1 win in Winnipeg last February before the Jets came in to New York and saw Steve Mason shut the Rangers down 3-0 as Patrik laine scored a hat trick.
  • The Jets have allowed 26 goals in their last six games – 4.3 goals a game – and have given up three or more goals in each of their last seven games. Connor Hellebuyck has given up three or more in his last five starts.
  • Adam Lowry is two points away from 100 on his career.
  • Joe Morrow is still out with an lower body injury while Dmitry Kulikov is still out with an upper body injury. Both have been skating with the team and could still make an appaerance in the lineup before the Jets road trip ends on Tuesday. Dustin Byfuglien remains out with a concussion.

Last Jets Game

Rangers Notebook

  • The Rangers struggled with some bad mental lapses in the second period in a loss to the Montreal Canadiens and have been reeling a bit lately with two losses in a row and four out of their last five games being defeats.
  • The second period has been a tough one for the Rangers this season. They’ve scored 27 goals in the middle frame, but have given up 31. (Conversely, the Winnipeg Jets should maybe consider the second their best period having scored 25 goals and only having given up 15)
  • Henrik Lundqvist is a career 14-10-7 against the Thrashers / Jets franchise, with a 9.32 save percentage.
  • The Rangers have missed forwards Mats Zuccarello, Pavel Buchnevich, Vladislav Namestnikov and Cody McLeod who are all out with injury and have left a young Rangers team with very little forward depth to speak of.
  • Ryan Strome had one goal and one assist in 18 games with the Edmonton Oilers. He has two goals and two assists in his last six with the Rangers, having earned a point in four of those six games.

Last Rangers Game

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 77.2#23 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 85.1#6 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 81.8#5 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 81.39#2 FL1
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 78.1#19 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 74.1#60 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 84.2#2 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 78.82#3 FL2
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 71.1#99 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 72.4#97 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 71.0#92 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.51#17 FL3
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 72.8#85 LW

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 69.8#168 C

Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON
FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.28#10 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 74.3#33 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 77.4#19 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.85#14 DL1
Cam Schilling
CAM SCHILLING

Rating: 72.6#58 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.5#37 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.01#13 DL2
Sami Niku
SAMI NIKU

Rating: 72.7#55 LD

Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 70.7#90 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.72#19 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 75.1#17 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 66.4#63 G2

New York Rangers Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Jimmy Vesey
JIMMY VESEY

Rating: 72.0#83 LW

Mika Zibanejad
MIKA ZIBANEJAD

Rating: 77.0#33 C

Jesper Fast
JESPER FAST

Rating: 70.4#96 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.16#29 FL1
Chris Kreider
CHRIS KREIDER

Rating: 77.2#24 LW

Kevin Hayes
KEVIN HAYES

Rating: 74.3#57 C

Filip Chytil
FILIP CHYTIL

Rating: 72.5#64 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.68#15 FL2
Lias Andersson
LIAS ANDERSSON

Rating: 71.1#100 LW

Brett Howden
BRETT HOWDEN

Rating: 72.7#91 C

Ryan Strome
RYAN STROME

Rating: 69.9#167 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.20#23 FL3
Tim Gettinger
TIM GETTINGER
Vinni Lettieri
VINNI LETTIERI

Rating: 71.0#143 C

Steven Fogarty
STEVEN FOGARTY

Rating: 72.5#65 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.75#8 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Marc Staal
MARC STAAL

Rating: 69.2#125 LD

Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK

Rating: 71.5#72 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 70.38#31 DL1
Fredrik Claesson
FREDRIK CLAESSON

Rating: 69.6#121 LD

Kevin Shattenkirk
KEVIN SHATTENKIRK

Rating: 74.1#34 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.85#22 DL2
Brady Skjei
BRADY SKJEI

Rating: 71.8#76 LD

Brendan Smith
BRENDAN SMITH

Rating: 71.4#77 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.61#20 DL3
GOALIES
Henrik Lundqvist
HENRIK LUNDQVIST

Rating: 76.4#13 G1

Alexandar Georgiev
ALEXANDAR GEORGIEV

Rating: 72.4#32 G2

 


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