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JNGD.S8.G37 Flight Plan: Jets And Flames Meet In Western Showdown

Christmas break is over and it’s right back into the fire for the West leading Jets as they take on one of the teams hot on their heels, the somewhat surprising Calgary Flames.

The Jets will be looking for a bit of revenge after losing 6-3 in Calgary back in November. The game featured maybe the worst period of hockey the Jets have played this season as they gave up five goals in the first period. The Flames boast firepower that can score in bunches as they’ve had four games this season where they’ve scored four or more goals in a single period.

Calgary Flames (22-12-3 / 1st Pacific)
@
Winnipeg Jets (24-10-2 / 1st Central)

December 27, 2018 – Puck drop: 7:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB
TV: TSN 3– Radio: TSN 1290

VS STL: 3-1 Loss Last Game @ VAN: 1-0 Win
2-2-1 (2 L) Last 5 Games 4-1-0 (2 W)
Sean Monahan – 21 Goal Leader Patrik Laine – 23
Johnny Gaudreau – 32 Assist Leader Blake Wheeler – 47
Johnny Gaudreau – 48 Points Leader Mark Scheifele – 49
22.48% (10th) The Power Play 28.70% (2nd)
80.00% (15th) The Penalty Kill 81.48% (11th)
David Rittich
(11-4-2 / .923 SV%)
Starting Goalie Connor Hellebuyck
(16-9-1 / .909 SV%)
SO-L VS TBL (32-36/ .889 SV%) Last Goalie Start W VS SJS (41-44 / .932 SV%)
11-8-0 on road Road v Home Record 12-4-2 at home

Flames Player To Watch

#19 Matthew Tkachuk – Left Wing

Son of Keith doesn’t lead the Flames in goals or assists, but he sure does lead the team and maybe the entire NHL in players annoyed if not out right angered. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree on this one as Matt plays with a serious physical edge that borders at times on dirty, but he also has shown an ability to add plenty of offense.

As of late, he’s been on a solid roll with goals in three of his last five games played and points in six of his last eight including a four assist night against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 12.

Matthew Tkachuk career statistics
Scor Scor Scor Goal Goal Shot Shot Shot Ice
Season Tm GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP S S% TSA ATOI BLK HIT TK GV
2016-17 CGY 76 13 35 48 14 105 10 3 142 9.2 232 14:40 22 65 40 27
2017-18 CGY 68 24 25 49 -1 61 14 10 188 12.8 309 17:15 16 80 32 34
2018-19 CGY 37 16 26 42 6 31 9 7 88 18.2 153 17:41 7 34 13 22
Career 3 yrs 181 53 86 139 19 197 33 20 418 12.7 694 16:15 45 179 85 83

Last Flames Game

The Blues got out to an early lead and then rode the strong goaltending of jake Allen to surprise the Flames with a 3-1 win in Calgary before both teams headed into the Christmas break.

Flames Notebook

A couple of links from our friends over at FlamesNation:

The World Juniors have recently had a heavy Flames flavour – While the last few years have been a bit light on Jets representation at the World Junior Tournament, the Flames in the last few years have seen a handful of their prospects play in the yearly tradition.

Matthew Tkachuk leads Calgary’s 2018 Christmas Wishlist – Before Christmas, Pat Steinberg made a list of Flames and what he hoped Santa would bring them over the holiday season and checked it twice.

Jets Player To Watch

#44 Josh Morrissey – Defenseman

Before his last two games in San Jose and Vancouver, Morrissey had been riding a four game point streak and points in seven of his last eight games. While the offense has been an added bonus to his game this season – he is six points away from a career high – it’s his defensive play that helped the Jets to the best record in the west going into the Christmas break. He will have his hands full tonight with Calgary’s deep group of talented forwards.

After the Canucks game last Saturday, Josh was a guest on Hockey Night In Canada’s “After Hours” to talk about his time growing up in Calgary, his charity work and his time right now as a Winnipeg Jet.

Last Jets Game

The Canucks carried play for most of the night but couldn’t solve the stellar goaltending of Laurent Brossiot who made 40 saves and picked up his first career NHL shutout in his home province. Mark Scheifele scored late in the game to make sure the Jets snuck away with the victory in regulation time.

Jets Notebook

  • The Jets have allowed 40 or more shots in each of their last two games against San Jose and Vancouver which you think wouldn’t be ideal, but the Jets are actually 6-0-0 this season when the opposing team has 40 or more shots on goal.
  • After going 17-4-2 last season against Pacific division clubs, the Jets are 7-2-1 this season against the division. Of course one of those losses was against the Flames in a 6-3 loss on November 21 in Calgary when the Flames opened up a 5-1 lead on the Jets after the first period.
  • This is the second of three meetings between the clubs. They will play one more time on March 16 in Winnipeg.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

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Calgary Flames Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Johnny Gaudreau
JOHNNY GAUDREAU

Rating: 81.2#7 LW

Sean Monahan
SEAN MONAHAN

Rating: 80.3#21 C

Elias Lindholm
ELIAS LINDHOLM

Rating: 78.0#33 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 79.83#10 FL1
Matthew Tkachuk
MATTHEW TKACHUK

Rating: 79.8#9 LW

Mikael Backlund
MIKAEL BACKLUND

Rating: 73.8#62 C

Sam Bennett
SAM BENNETT

Rating: 71.9#113 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.16#15 FL2
Michael Frolik
MICHAEL FROLIK

Rating: 72.6#66 LW

Mark Jankowski
MARK JANKOWSKI

Rating: 71.4#127 C

James Neal
JAMES NEAL

Rating: 71.7#77 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.90#15 FL3
Alan Quine
ALAN QUINE

Rating: 69.4#118 LW

Derek Ryan
DEREK RYAN

Rating: 71.7#115 C

Garnet Hathaway
GARNET HATHAWAY

Rating: 68.7#122 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.95#21 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Mark Giordano
MARK GIORDANO

Rating: 80.1#4 LD

T.J. Brodie
T.J. BRODIE

Rating: 76.6#16 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 78.37#5 DL1
Noah Hanifin
NOAH HANIFIN

Rating: 75.4#23 LD

Dalton Prout
DALTON PROUT

Rating: 69.0#101 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.22#21 DL2
Oliver Kylington
OLIVER KYLINGTON

Rating: 72.2#63 LD

Rasmus Andersson
RASMUS ANDERSSON

Rating: 71.2#74 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.72#12 DL3
GOALIES
David Rittich
DAVID RITTICH

Rating: 70.1#43 G1

Mike Smith
MIKE SMITH

Rating: 73.7#23 G2

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 78.4#15 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 87.4#3 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 81.5#6 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 82.42#2 FL1
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 76.6#21 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 73.4#70 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 80.8#7 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.92#5 FL2
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 73.8#61 LW

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 69.0#175 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 71.2#86 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.33#17 FL3
Brendan Lemieux
BRENDAN LEMIEUX

Rating: 72.1#72 LW

Nicolas Petan
NICOLAS PETAN

Rating: 68.0#183 C

Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON
FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.05#18 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 75.5#21 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 76.9#19 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.20#14 DL1
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 70.7#100 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 80.7#6 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.68#2 DL2
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 70.2#110 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 74.6#28 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.42#6 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 75.3#17 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 66.2#63 G2