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JNGD.S8.G66 Flight Plan: Jets Road Trip Encounters Lightning

Stanley Cup preview anybody?

After a pretty bad February (we’ll stop short of calling it a disaster, though it kind of felt like it) the Jets have had a decent start to March with wins over Nashville at home and Columbus on the road. Tonight they’ll get a true indication of where they are at as a team with about a month left in the season as they pay a visit to the league leading Tampa Bay Lightning.

Winnipeg Jets (39-22-4 / 1st Central)
@
Tampa Bay Lightning (50-12-4 / 1st Atlantic)

March 5, 2019 – Puck drop: 6:30 PM CST
Amalie Arena – Tampa Bay, FL
TV: TSN3 – Radio: TSN 1290

5-2 W @ CBJ Last Game 5-1 W vs OTT
3-2-0 (2 W) Last 5 Games 4-1-0 (1 W)
MARK SCHEIFELE – 32 Goal Leader Brayden Point – 36
BLAKE WHEELER – 63 Assist Leader Nikita Kucherov – 75
BLAKE WHEELER – 80 Points Leader Nikita Kucherov – 106
24.88% (7TH) The Power Play 28.90% (1st)
78.82% (22nd) The Penalty Kill 86.05% (1st)
Connor Hellebuyck
(28-18-2 / .911 SV%)
Starting Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy
(30-7-4 / .931 SV%)
W @ CBJ (40-42 / .952 SV%) Last Goalie Start W vs OTT (36-37 / .973 SV%)
17-14-0 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 27-5-2 AT HOME

Winnipeg is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay – Courtesy of Oddshark

Jets Player To Watch

#26 Blake Wheeler – Right Wing

What can the captain do for an encore tonight? Blake Wheeler’s hat trick helped lock up a win in Columbus on Sunday night and a fourth goal into an empty net was just icing on the cake (not to mention 100K for a Safeway Shop & Win contestant) as he earned his first four goal game of his career. He was named the NHL’s second star on Monday with five goals and eight points over the last three games played this past week.

Last Jets Game

Blake Wheeler supplied the offensive fire power and Connor Hellebuyck made 40 saves – many of them key while the teams were tied up at 2-2 midway through the game – to help earn the Jets a second win in a row with a 5-2 win in Columbus.

Lightning Player To Watch

#9 Tyler Johnson – Forward

The Lightning are full of star players such as Stamkos, Kucherov, Point, Hedman and Vasilevskiy so it’s little wonder that Tyler Johnson gets overlooked a lot of times as a key part of this Lighting club.

Tyler Johnson NHL career statistics
Season Tm GP G A PTS +/- PIM S S% TSA ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2012-13 TBL 14 3 3 6 3 4 11 27.3 28 13:04 72 49 59.5 4 18 2 4
2013-14 TBL 82 24 26 50 23 26 181 13.3 313 18:47 614 661 48.2 37 55 23 41
2014-15 TBL 77 29 43 72 33 24 203 14.3 333 17:14 508 569 47.2 35 63 24 30
2015-16 TBL 69 14 24 38 4 20 167 8.4 292 17:08 479 507 48.6 25 46 19 31
2016-17 TBL 66 19 26 45 -5 28 130 14.6 250 18:49 583 539 52.0 30 46 26 32
2017-18 TBL 81 21 29 50 3 24 186 11.3 311 17:00 360 359 50.1 47 48 39 23
2018-19 TBL 64 22 17 39 9 22 132 16.7 218 16:15 193 208 48.1 24 40 12 23
Career 7 yrs 453 132 168 300 70 148 1010 13.1 1745 17:25 2809 2892 49.3 202 316 145 184

Last Lightning Game

The Lightning flexed their offensive muscle scored a bunch in the second to pull away from a rather scrappy Ottawa Senators club on Saturday night with the help of goals from four different defensemen.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

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Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 79.4#15 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 83.5#6 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 80.8#7 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 81.24#2 FL1
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 77.1#25 LW

Kevin Hayes
KEVIN HAYES

Rating: 76.3#46 C

Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 77.4#23 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.90#9 FL2
Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 71.4#103 LW

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 72.2#96 C

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 74.0#50 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.52#13 FL3
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 71.9#90 LW

Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 68.6#176 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 69.6#112 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.02#22 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Nathan Beaulieu
NATHAN BEAULIEU

Rating: 71.1#95 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 76.8#23 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.92#18 DL1
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 69.2#122 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.6#39 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.41#26 DL2
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.3#90 LD

Sami Niku
SAMI NIKU

Rating: 72.4#63 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.86#16 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 73.8#21 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 68.1#57 G2

Tampa Bay Lightning Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Ondrej Palat
ONDREJ PALAT

Rating: 74.5#43 LW

Steven Stamkos
STEVEN STAMKOS

Rating: 83.3#8 C

Yanni Gourde
YANNI GOURDE

Rating: 75.1#39 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.63#18 FL1
Tyler Johnson
TYLER JOHNSON

Rating: 73.8#49 LW

Brayden Point
BRAYDEN POINT

Rating: 83.3#7 C

Nikita Kucherov
NIKITA KUCHEROV

Rating: 90.3#1 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 82.48#1 FL2
Alex Killorn
ALEX KILLORN

Rating: 73.3#71 LW

Anthony Cirelli
ANTHONY CIRELLI

Rating: 74.5#58 C

J.T. Miller
J.T. MILLER

Rating: 74.0#62 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.94#5 FL3
Adam Erne
ADAM ERNE

Rating: 69.8#129 LW

Cedric Paquette
CEDRIC PAQUETTE

Rating: 68.9#173 C

Mathieu Joseph
MATHIEU JOSEPH

Rating: 71.1#88 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.93#25 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Victor Hedman
VICTOR HEDMAN

Rating: 80.1#5 LD

Dan Girardi
DAN GIRARDI

Rating: 72.3#66 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.18#11 DL1
Ryan McDonagh
RYAN MCDONAGH

Rating: 76.8#16 LD

Erik Cernak
ERIK CERNAK

Rating: 72.9#52 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.88#8 DL2
Braydon Coburn
BRAYDON COBURN

Rating: 71.9#75 LD

Mikhail Sergachev
MIKHAIL SERGACHEV

Rating: 74.4#31 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.18#5 DL3
GOALIES
Andrei Vasilevskiy
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY

Rating: 80.6#2 G1

Louis Domingue
LOUIS DOMINGUE

Rating: 66.6#63 G2