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JNGD.S8.G67 Flight Plan: Jets Head Into Carolina to Play ‘A Bunch of Jerks’

The Hurricanes are having a special season, although not for the usual ways when it comes to playing hockey. Carolina has become known for their post game antics where they celebrate winning the game. They’ve played duck duck goose, done the limbo, and even brought in Evander Holyfield to knock-out a challenger. All of this led Don Cherry calling them ‘a bunch of jerks’ for these fun celebrations. The Jets are hoping to put a damper on these celebrations as they continue their eastern conference road trip tonight.

Winnipeg Jets (39-23-5)
@
Carolina Hurricanes (36-23-7)

March 8, 2019 – Puck drop: 6:30 PM CST
PNC Arena – Raleigh, NC
TV: TSN 3 – Radio: TSN 1290

VS TBL 5-2 L Last Game VS BOS 4-3 LOSS
2-3 (1 L) Last 5 Games 4-0-1 (1 L)
MARK SCHEIFELE – 32 Goal Leader SEBASTIAN AHO – 29
BLAKE WHEELER – 63 Assist Leader  SEBASTIAN AHO – 46
BLAKE WHEELER – 81 Points Leader  SEBASTIAN AHO – 75
25.50% (4TH) The Power Play 17.20% (22ND)
78.30% (25TH) The Penalty Kill 81.70% (9TH)
LAURENT BROSSOIT
(11-5-2/ .927 SV%)
Starting Goalie CURTIS McELHINNEY
(26-17-7/ .921 SV%)
W vs NSH (35-38 / .921 SV%) Last Goalie Start  VS BOS (34-38) / (.895 SV%)
17-15-0 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 18-10-4 AT HOME

Winnipeg is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Carolina – Courtesy of OddsShark

Hurricanes Player To Watch

#20 Sebastian Aho – C

Aho is clearly the dominant force behind the Hurricanes attack. He’s extremely talented and is still only 21 years old. He currently leads the Hurricanes in goals with 29, assists with 46, and points with 75. He comes into this game with the same number of points as Scheifele and they are tied for 15th in the entire league. The Jets and Hurricanes have only played each other one time this year, all the way back in October. In that game, Aho finished with one assist on the only Hurricanes goal. He’s clearly the player to watch for Carolina tonight.

Last Hurricanes Game

The Hurricanes were wearing their classic green Whalers jerseys as they took on the Bruins on Tuesday. It was a back and forth game that had both teams exchanging the lead throughout the night. It was decided in overtime as Krejci won it for the Bruins.

Hurricanes Notes

Jets Player To Watch

#27 Nikolaj Ehlers – LW

It’s been six games since Ehlers returned from his injury and the results have been slightly underwhelming. In his first game back, he scored less than a minute in and all signs were pointing that he would be back to his usual scoring ways. However, it’s been a struggle since that game as he’s only recorded one assist in the last five games. Things haven’t been great with new linemate Hayes but it seems that they could break out at any time. Ehlers is too good to stay off the scoresheet for long, look for him to have a solid game tonight against the Hurricanes.

Last Jets Game

The Jets got soundly beat by the league leading Lightning on Tuesday evening. The game was tied after the first period, but went downhill from there as the Lightning were able to score four straight goals and take a commanding lead. Trouba added a goofy goal late, but the Jets fell 5-2.

Jets Notes

Hellebuyck took a hard shot to the face last game as Kucherov blasted a one timer on the powerplay. Hellebuyck had to leave for repairs although he did come back and play the rest of the game. Here’s what he had to say about the play.

It appears that Sami Niku is here to stay as the Moose aren’t expecting him back in the lineup for the rest of the year (and likely ever again)

Looks like Byfuglien is still out of the lineup, although the Jets will be getting Lowry back in the lineup after serving his two game suspension.

 

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

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Take these lines with many grains of salt because nobody has any real clue as to what the lines are going to look like in this one.

Carolina Hurricanes Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Nino Niederreiter
NINO NIEDERREITER

Rating: 77.6#20 LW

Sebastian Aho
SEBASTIAN AHO

Rating: 82.6#5 C

Justin Williams
JUSTIN WILLIAMS

Rating: 78.0#18 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 79.41#12 FL1
Micheal Ferland
MICHEAL FERLAND

Rating: 74.7#37 LW

Jordan Staal
JORDAN STAAL

Rating: 77.2#37 C

Teuvo Teravainen
TEUVO TERAVAINEN

Rating: 79.2#16 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.01#7 FL2
Andrei Svechnikov
ANDREI SVECHNIKOV

Rating: 72.8#71 LW

Jordan Martinook
JORDAN MARTINOOK

Rating: 71.7#111 C

Brock McGinn
BROCK MCGINN

Rating: 72.3#81 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.28#17 FL3
Greg McKegg
GREG MCKEGG

Rating: 70.8#144 LW

Lucas Wallmark
LUCAS WALLMARK

Rating: 73.3#72 C

Saku Maenalanen
SAKU MAENALANEN

Rating: 72.6#75 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.21#7 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Jaccob Slavin
JACCOB SLAVIN

Rating: 78.4#8 LD

Dougie Hamilton
DOUGIE HAMILTON

Rating: 80.1#8 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 79.24#3 DL1
Brett Pesce
BRETT PESCE

Rating: 76.0#24 LD

Justin Faulk
JUSTIN FAULK

Rating: 78.0#17 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 77.02#3 DL2
Haydn Fleury
HAYDN FLEURY

Rating: 69.8#122 LD

Trevor van Riemsdyk
TREVOR VAN RIEMSDYK

Rating: 73.3#45 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.56#20 DL3
GOALIES
Curtis McElhinney
CURTIS MCELHINNEY

Rating: 79.4#3 G1

Petr Mrazek
PETR MRAZEK

Rating: 66.8#61 G2

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 79.5#14 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 84.1#5 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 82.3#5 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 81.96#2 FL1
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 76.9#22 LW

Kevin Hayes
KEVIN HAYES

Rating: 75.9#45 C

Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 77.2#25 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.66#8 FL2
Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 71.2#107 LW

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 72.2#97 C

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 73.9#50 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.42#15 FL3
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 72.3#83 LW

Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 68.9#177 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 69.7#118 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.27#24 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Nathan Beaulieu
NATHAN BEAULIEU

Rating: 71.9#78 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 76.8#22 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.33#17 DL1
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 69.8#123 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 74.0#36 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.88#29 DL2
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.8#80 LD

Sami Niku
SAMI NIKU

Rating: 72.6#58 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.22#14 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 74.0#22 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 68.4#58 G2