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JNGD.S8.G45 Flight Plan: Niku Gets Another Shot As Jets Host Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks come into town having lost their last ten games in a row with recent back to back losses to the likes of the Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators, but yet this is still a team that can’t be overlooked as the Jets have had their own struggles as of late even having won three of their last four games. With Vegas coming to town for a 2018 Western Conference championship rematch on Tuesday, today’s game has all the makings of a proverbial “trap game”.

Anaheim Ducks (19-18-8 / 4th Pacific)
@
Winnipeg Jets (28-14-2 / 2nd Central)

January 13, 2019 – Puck drop: 4:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB
TV: CBC – Radio: TSN 1290

vs PIT: 7-4 Loss Last Game @ MIN: 3-2 Loss
0-3-2 (1 L) Last 5 Games 2-3-0 (1 L)
Jakob Silfverberg – 12 Goal Leader Scheifele / Laine – 24
Ryan Getzlaf – 21 Assist Leader Blake Wheeler – 49
Ryan Getzlaf – 31 Points Leader Blake Wheeler – 57
14.29% (28th) The Power Play 27.94% (2nd)
80.26% (14th) The Penalty Kill 80.00% (15th)
John Gibson
(15-14-7 / .920 SV%)
Starting Goalie Connor Hellebuyck
(19-13-1 / .908 SV%)
L vs PIT (29-35 / .829 SV%) Last Goalie Start L @ MIN (19-22/ .864 SV%)
9-11-0 on road Road v Home Record 16-6-2 @ home

Ducks Coach To Watch

Randy Carlyle

When your hockey club loses ten games in a row, even being an accomplished former player and long time NHL coach doesn’t save you from sitting in the hottest of seats with calls for your job to be ended and questions lobbed at you in post-game scrums about how secure your job really is. Such is the situation former Jets defenseman Randy Carlyle find himself in as he angrily shut down his last post-game presser referring to a question about his future with the Anaheim Ducks.

With one more loss tonight against the Jets, it’s not unreasonable to think that Carlyle;;s second stint as Ducks head coach could come to an abrupt end.

Randy Carlyle’s coaching record
Regu Regu Regu Regu Regu Regu Regu Play Play Play
Season Tm GP W L OL PTS PTS% Finish G W L
2005-06 MDA 82 43 27 12 98 .598 3rd 16 9 7
2006-07 ANA 82 48 20 14 110 .671 1st 21 16 5
2007-08 ANA 82 47 27 8 102 .622 2nd 6 2 4
2008-09 ANA 82 42 33 7 91 .555 2nd 13 7 6
2009-10 ANA 82 39 32 11 89 .543 4th
2010-11 ANA 82 47 30 5 99 .604 2nd 6 2 4
2011-12 ANA 24 7 13 4 18 .375 5th
2011-12 TOR 18 6 9 3 15 .417 4th
2012-13 TOR 48 26 17 5 57 .594 3rd 7 3 4
2013-14 TOR 82 38 36 8 84 .512 6th
2014-15 TOR 40 21 16 3 45 .563 7th
2016-17 ANA 82 46 23 13 105 .640 1st 17 10 7
2017-18 ANA 82 44 25 13 101 .616 2nd 4 0 4
2018-19 ANA 45 19 18 8 46 .511 4th
Career 913 473 326 114 1060 .581 90 49 41

Last Ducks Game

Carlyle wasn’t wrong when he said his team stopped skating in the second period of their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, blowing a 3-0 lead going into the second period and ultimately losing 7-4.

Ducks Notebook

  • Tonight is the start of a five game road trip for the Ducks heading into the NHL All-Star break.
  • One week ago, Ducks GM Bob Murray became just the fifth ever person to have played 1,000 games as an NHL player and remain general manager for 1,000. His Ducks have made the playoffs six seasons in a row – a stretch that could be in a bit of jeopardy this season.
  • The Ducks are 30th in the league in goals per game with 2.36. Their team defense is at least a little bit better, led by the All-Star efforts of John Gibson who has faced an average of 29 shots per game this season and sports a rather impressive .920 save percentage.

Jets Player To Watch

#83 Sami Niku – Defense

It was a bit of a rough game the other night against the Red Wings, but one could forgive it being how little Niku has played over the last few weeks and add to the fact that he was playing mostly beside Joe Morrow who is a bit of an anchor on the blue line to carry around. He’ll draw back into the lineup again tonight as Tyler Myers is still out with a lower body injury and one has to think he’ll want to make a better impression than he did in the last game.

The kid has the ability, we all saw it last season in the AHL, now he just needs a fair shot in the NHL to prove it.

Last Jets Game

Winnipeg scored very early and very late in the first period to gain a 2-0 advantage and then hung on a bit the rest of the game out as the squeaked out a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.

Jets Notebook

  • The Jets have won three in a row at home and also sport the best power play mark (36.6%) at home in the league as well.
  • Winnipeg is 8-3-1 against Pacific division teams this season after having gone 17-4-2 last season against teams from the weaker of the two Western conference divisions.
  • Four players are on four game point streaks. Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor are hardly a surprise to be in this group and given how he’s played the last month or so it’s not shocking to see Bryan Little’s name there either. Brandon Tanev though is a definite surprise though as he has two goals and two assists in the last four games, the last two of which have seen him score goals.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

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Anaheim Ducks Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Rickard Rakell
RICKARD RAKELL

Rating: 78.6#13 LW

Ryan Getzlaf
RYAN GETZLAF

Rating: 77.8#29 C

Daniel Sprong
DANIEL SPRONG

Rating: 74.6#42 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.02#18 FL1
Andrew Cogliano
ANDREW COGLIANO

Rating: 70.3#159 LW

Ryan Kesler
RYAN KESLER

Rating: 72.2#103 C

Jakob Silfverberg
JAKOB SILFVERBERG

Rating: 73.6#43 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.02#26 FL2
Nick Ritchie
NICK RITCHIE

Rating: 72.7#61 LW

Adam Henrique
ADAM HENRIQUE

Rating: 73.4#72 C

Ondrej Kase
ONDREJ KASE

Rating: 77.7#22 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.60#3 FL3
Kiefer Sherwood
KIEFER SHERWOOD

Rating: 70.6#105 LW

Carter Rowney
CARTER ROWNEY

Rating: 69.2#178 C

Brian Gibbons
BRIAN GIBBONS

Rating: 69.7#169 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.81#24 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Hampus Lindholm
HAMPUS LINDHOLM

Rating: 76.1#20 LD

Brandon Montour
BRANDON MONTOUR

Rating: 75.6#26 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.85#13 DL1
Cam Fowler
CAM FOWLER

Rating: 76.7#14 LD

Josh Manson
JOSH MANSON

Rating: 74.9#28 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.80#4 DL2
Jacob Larsson
JACOB LARSSON

Rating: 71.2#94 LD

Jake Dotchin
JAKE DOTCHIN

Rating: 70.6#82 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.89#24 DL3
GOALIES
John Gibson
JOHN GIBSON

Rating: 80.3#3 G1

Chad Johnson
CHAD JOHNSON

Rating: 64.3#72 G2

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 75.9#28 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 86.2#4 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 81.2#7 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 81.08#5 FL1
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 79.5#10 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 73.8#60 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 70.3#97 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.55#14 FL2
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 73.0#86 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 73.0#85 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 71.9#71 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.62#12 FL3
Brendan Lemieux
BRENDAN LEMIEUX

Rating: 73.4#47 LW

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 72.6#91 C

Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON

Rating: 72.4#67 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.81#1 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 75.4#24 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 77.3#19 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.39#9 DL1
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 70.7#103 LD

Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.0#77 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.89#28 DL2
Sami Niku
SAMI NIKU

Rating: 72.3#64 LD

Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW

Rating: 70.9#78 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.59#15 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 75.0#17 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 67.1#64 G2