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JNGD.S8.G40 Flight Plan: Jets Hoping to Start 2019 With a Victory Against the Pens

The Winnipeg Jets are hoping to ring in the New Year with a victory as they take on a surging Penguins team. It will be the second game without Byfuglien after he went down with an injury against the Minnesota Wild last week. The loss of Byfuglien will be magnified tonight as the Jets take on a strong Pittsburgh lineup that is currently on a seven game winning streak.

Winnipeg Jets (25-12-2)
@
Pittsburgh Penguins (22-12-6)

January 4, 2019 – Puck drop: 6:00 PM CST
PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, PA
TV: TSN 3 – Radio: TSN 1290

VS EDM: 4-3 WIN Last Game VS NYR: 7-2 WIN
3-2-0 (1 W) Last 5 Games 5-0-0 (5 W)
PATRIK LAINE – 24 Goal Leader SYDNEY CROSBY – 19
BLAKE WHEELER – 44 Assist Leader SYDNEY CROSBY – 31
BLAKE WHEELER – 50 Points Leader SYDNEY CROSBY – 50
28.10% (2ND) The Power Play 27.00% (5TH)
81.40% (10TH) The Penalty Kill 83.90% (4TH)
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
(17-11-1 / .908 SV%)
Starting Goalie MATT MURRAY
(10-5-1 / .908 SV%)
W VS EDM (21-24 / .875 SV%) Last Goalie Start W VS NYR (28-30) / (.933 SV%)
12-6-0 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 11-7-2 AT HOME

Penguins Player To Watch

#81 Phil Kessel  – Right Wing

Kessel is currently second on the team in all three scoring categories, goals (17), assists (29), and points (46). It’s been a strong season for the 31 year old sniper and he’s been lights out since the holiday break. He’s scored nine points in his last four games including three straight games with three points each. He was held pointless against the Rangers on Wednesday, but with his recent performance, he will be the player that Winnipeg has to watch out for.

Kessel’s Last Five Games
Scor Scor Scor
Date Tm Opp G A PTS +/- PIM S S% SHFT TOI
2019-01-02 PIT @ NYR W 0 0 0 -1 0 1 0.0 19 17:03
2018-12-31 PIT @ MIN W 1 2 3 2 0 4 25.0 18 14:56
2018-12-29 PIT @ STL W 0 3 3 0 0 1 0.0 23 17:36
2018-12-27 PIT DET W 2 1 3 1 0 4 50.0 19 15:34
2018-12-22 PIT @ CAR W 0 1 1 1 0 2 0.0 17 11:57

Last Penguins Game

It took Pittsburgh nearly 30 minutes to get their first goal, but once they did, they were off and running. They lit up Lundqvist for four goals in the second period alone before chasing him from the net after their sixth goal of the game.

Penguins Notes

Jets Player To Watch

#26 Blake Wheeler – Right Wing

Although Wheeler has two points in his last three games, it feels that he hasn’t been up to par recently. With 50 points in only 39 games so far, Wheeler is on pace for his highest point total of his career. Even though the season has been solid, the top line is in need of a boost. Last season the Jets were 4-3-2 when they faced the Penguins at Bell MTS Place on October 29. It could be argued that it was the turning point in the season as Wheeler led the offensive outburst with a hat-trick, his first in nearly a decade. The Jets rattled a 9-2-1 record in their next 12 games and never looked back.

Wheeler is the player to watch as the top line has struggled in the past few games. Hopefully he can get them back on track in this one.

Last Jets Game

With a snazzy heritage jersey on their back, the Jets were able to beat the Oilers in a back and forth affair. The Oilers struck first as McDavid did his usual thing against Trouba. Trouba got turned and burned by McDavid’s speed who then made a nice pass to Nugent-Hopkins. The Jets scored a couple of goals in response before Edmonton tied it later in the second period. The Jets took the lead again heading into the third but Edmonton scored another tying goal. With the game knotted at three, Lemieux was able to tip a point shot past Koskinen for his second of the game, and more importantly, the winning goal.

Jets Notes

  • This will be the second game without Dustin Byfuglien in the lineup. In case you missed it, he’s out for at least a month with a lower body injury.
  • Brendan Lemieux is coming off his first career multi goal game. He scored the go ahead goal in the second period and then after the Oilers tied it, he scored the winning goal of a nice tip in front of the net.
  • From CBC: Jets to play Flames in outdoor NHL game at Regina’s Mosaic Stadium in 2019
  • With the recent news of the New York Jets football team firing their coach, it prompted some people to only read headlines and assume Maurice was on the chopping block. This is definitely not the case, but make sure you are reading about the right team before jumping to conclusions…

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

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Pittsburgh Penguins Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Jake Guentzel
JAKE GUENTZEL

Rating: 80.3#9 LW

Sidney Crosby
SIDNEY CROSBY

Rating: 88.7#2 C

Bryan Rust
BRYAN RUST

Rating: 76.7#28 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 81.90#2 FL1
Dominik Simon
DOMINIK SIMON

Rating: 70.2#108 LW

Evgeni Malkin
EVGENI MALKIN

Rating: 81.3#13 C

Patric Hornqvist
PATRIC HORNQVIST

Rating: 78.3#17 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.60#6 FL2
Tanner Pearson
TANNER PEARSON

Rating: 72.5#69 LW

Derick Brassard
DERICK BRASSARD

Rating: 72.4#102 C

Phil Kessel
PHIL KESSEL

Rating: 77.7#22 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.17#5 FL3
Zach Aston-Reese
ZACH ASTON-REESE

Rating: 72.6#67 LW

Matt Cullen
MATT CULLEN

Rating: 68.9#180 C

Riley Sheahan
RILEY SHEAHAN

Rating: 68.5#117 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.01#22 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Brian Dumoulin
BRIAN DUMOULIN

Rating: 75.0#25 LD

Kris Letang
KRIS LETANG

Rating: 83.2#3 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 79.14#2 DL1
Olli Maatta
OLLI MAATTA

Rating: 72.7#55 LD

Juuso Riikola
JUUSO RIIKOLA

Rating: 71.7#74 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.21#20 DL2
Marcus Pettersson
MARCUS PETTERSSON

Rating: 70.4#112 LD

Jack Johnson
JACK JOHNSON

Rating: 70.8#99 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.58#24 DL3
GOALIES
Matt Murray
MATT MURRAY

Rating: 72.3#31 G1

Casey DeSmith
CASEY DESMITH

Rating: 75.7#15 G2

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 77.9#17 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 86.2#4 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 80.4#9 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 81.47#3 FL1
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 75.8#28 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 72.8#90 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 80.3#10 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.29#7 FL2
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 72.7#94 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 73.8#63 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 70.4#97 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.29#13 FL3
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 71.6#83 LW

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 69.3#176 C

Brendan Lemieux
BRENDAN LEMIEUX

Rating: 72.0#75 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.97#14 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 74.4#29 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 76.4#24 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.36#14 DL1
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 70.6#106 LD

Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW

Rating: 71.0#77 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.82#29 DL2
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 70.3#114 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 74.3#33 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.31#9 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 75.1#17 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 66.2#64 G2

  • JN

    WOW, another stinker. Something is seriously wrong with the Jets now. Was Hellebuyck a “one hit wonder” or is it a complete team collapse? My guess is a bit of both but mostly the latter.