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JNGD.S8.G33 Flight Plan: Jets And Lightning To Clash In Sunday Showdown

It’s the Jets last home game before the Christmas break and boy howdy is it ever a big one.

The first overall in the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning head into Winnipeg to take on the third place in the league Jets in what many are considering a real test for the young Jets and a game that will be a great indication of where this club is near the halfway point of the season.

Tampa Bay Lightning (25-7-1/ 1st Atlantic)
@
Winnipeg Jets (21-9-2 / 2nd Central)

December 16, 2018 – Puck drop: 6:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB
TV: Sportsnet – Radio: TSN 1290

vs TOR: 4-1 Win Last Game @ CHI: 4-3 OT Win
5-0-0 (5 W) Last 5 Games 4-1-0 (4 W)
Brayden Point – 22 Goal Leader Patrik Laine – 23
Nikita Kucherov – 34 Assist Leader Blake Wheeler – 38
Nikita Kucherov – 47 Points Leader Wheeler / Scheifele – 43
29.31% (3rd) The Power Play 30.19% (1st)
83.93% (5th) The Penalty Kill 82.29% (10th)
Andrei Vasilevskiy
(10-3-1 / .933 Sv%)
Starting Goalie Connor Hellebuyck
(14-8-1 / .903 Sv%)
W vs TOR (48-49) / .980Sv% Last Goalie Start OTW vs EDM (22-26) / .846 Sv%
10-3-1 On Road Road v Home Record 12-4-2 At Home

Tampa Bay Lightning To Watch

#88 Andrei Vasilevskiy – Goalie

The 24 year old goalie hadn’t played in over a month due to a foot fracture – his last action was November 10 – but he made his return to the Lightning net this past Thursday against the Leafs and all he did was stop 48 of 49 shots faced in a stunning performance that was punctuated by what might be the save of the year that I’m almost certain defies a few different laws of physics…

The Lightning are a tough enough team with all kinds of fire power to run up the score and a strong defense that makes getting shots difficult at the best of times (their game against Toronto not withstanding), but to have a goalie that can do this to keep pucks out of the net?

We’ll see what he has for an encore against Winnipeg.

Last Lightning Game

They were outplayed for good chunks of the game and actually fell behind 1-0 in the first period, but Vasilevskiy was outstanding while Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist to pick up a big win against Toronto Maple Leafs.

Tampa Bay Lightning Notebook

Winnipeg Sun: League-leading Lightning view matchup with Jets as a measuring stick It isn’t just the Jets who are viewing tonight’s game as a good test of where their team is at this point in the season.

Raw Charge: Day after thoughts: Guess who’s back! Back again! Vasy’s back! Tell a friend! Safe to say Tampa fans and media were quite happy to see 88 back in goal and it came not a moment too soon against a very tough Leafs squad.

  • The Lightning are starting a four game Western Canada road swing tonight with Winnipeg. They then will be heading out to the west coast and Vancouver before back tracking through Alberta to take on Edmonton and Calgary.
  • Tampa really has only one injury of note, defenseman Anton Stralman has been out for a handful of games, but could be back as early as tonight.

Winnipeg Jet To Watch

#37 Connor Hellebuyck – Goalie

The Jets goaltender has at times been hit or miss but he’s been a lot more good that he has been bad as of late. He will get a very stern test going up against Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point and company, so while tonight will be an indication of just where the Jets are in terms of being able to compete with the league’s best, it might be double that for Hellebuyck who could really use a “statement” game.

Hellebuyck’s last 5 games
Goal Goal Goal Goal
Date Tm Opp DEC GA SA SV SV%
2018-12-13 WPG EDM W W 4 26 22 .846
2018-12-09 WPG PHI W W 1 37 36 .973
2018-12-07 WPG STL L L 1 27 26 .963
2018-12-04 WPG @ NYI W W 1 28 27 .964
2018-12-02 WPG @ NYR W W 3 19 16 .842

Last Jets Game

It took a second overtime in as many nights, but the Jets extended their win streak to four games and for a night at least the Jets claimed top spot in the west with a 4-3 OT win in Chicago.

Jets Notebook

  • The Jets power play has scored on eight of their last 17 chances. That’s pretty good, though it can be said they’ve feasted on some rather weak penalty killing units between Edmonton, Philly and Chicago.
  • While the Lightning have won their last eight games in a row, the Jets haven’t done too poorly themselves wight eight wins over their last nine games.

Global News: ‘I just feel like I fit here’: Winnipeg Jets coach talks tradition, hockey and home The Jets head coach sits down to talk about his team, living in Winnipeg, and chewing gum.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey
Lines as of 1:15PM CST Dec. 16, 2018

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 Jets
including power play and penalty kill lines by checking out our line combo page.

Tampa Bay Lightning Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Ondrej Palat
ONDREJ PALAT

Rating: 76.1#25 LW

Steven Stamkos
STEVEN STAMKOS

Rating: 83.0#8 C

Yanni Gourde
YANNI GOURDE

Rating: 76.2#23 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.43#13 FL1
Tyler Johnson
TYLER JOHNSON

Rating: 75.4#47 LW

Brayden Point
BRAYDEN POINT

Rating: 84.2#7 C

Nikita Kucherov
NIKITA KUCHEROV

Rating: 86.7#1 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 82.06#1 FL2
Alex Killorn
ALEX KILLORN

Rating: 74.1#62 LW

Anthony Cirelli
ANTHONY CIRELLI

Rating: 75.3#50 C

J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 74.6#54 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.67#2 FL3
Adam Erne
ADAM ERNE

Rating: 70.0#116 LW

Cedric Paquette
CEDRIC PAQUETTE

Rating: 70.2#155 C

Ryan Callahan
RYAN CALLAHAN

Rating: 71.3#90 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.48#14 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Victor Hedman
VICTOR HEDMAN

Rating: 80.5#3 LD

Dan Girardi
DAN GIRARDI

Rating: 72.6#44 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.52#7 DL1
Ryan McDonagh
RYAN MCDONAGH

Rating: 77.2#12 LD

Anton Stralman
ANTON STRALMAN

Rating: 75.0#28 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 76.09#3 DL2
Braydon Coburn
BRAYDON COBURN

Rating: 72.3#69 LD

Mikhail Sergachev
MIKHAIL SERGACHEV

Rating: 74.3#31 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.31#3 DL3
GOALIES
Andrei Vasilevskiy
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY

Rating: 77.6#8 G1

Louis Domingue
LOUIS DOMINGUE

Rating: 66.9#61 G2

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 76.4#23 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 85.2#6 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 80.6#6 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 80.72#3 FL1
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 76.8#19 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 73.5#68 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 81.7#3 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.33#5 FL2
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 74.0#62 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 73.7#65 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 71.5#79 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.05#7 FL3
Brendan Lemieux
BRENDAN LEMIEUX

Rating: 70.9#108 LW

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 71.0#140 C

Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON
FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.93#10 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 75.5#24 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 77.7#16 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.60#9 DL1
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.5#92 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 80.7#7 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 76.08#2 DL2
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 70.1#120 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 74.7#30 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.38#7 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 75.3#17 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 66.5#62 G2

The game officials

Referees: Kyle Rehman (10) & Dan O’Rourke (9)

Linesmen: Michel Cormier (76) & Brian Murphy (93)