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JNGD.S8.G68 Flight Plan: A Clash Of High Powered Southeast Division Rivals

Save for one bad night in Tampa Bay, the Jets four game road trip hasn’t gone all that badly for them with impressive wins in both Columbus and Carolina. Tonight however in their fourth and last game of the trip, the Jets get just as stiff a test as they received against the Lightning when they go into Washington to play the defending Cup champs who have been on an impressive roll as of late.

Winnipeg Jets (40-23-4 / 1st Central)
@
Washington Capitals (40-21-7 / 1st Metro)

March 10, 2019 – Puck drop: 6:30 PM CST
Capital One Arena – Washington, DC
TV: Sportsnet – Radio: TSN 1290

8-1 WIN @ CAR Last Game 3-0 WIN vs NJD
3-2-0 (1 W) Last 5 Games 5-0-0 (5 W)
MARK SCHEIFELE – 32 Goal Leader Alex Ovechkin – 46
BLAKE WHEELER – 64 Assist Leader John Carlson – 49
BLAKE WHEELER – 83 Points Leader Alex Ovechkin – 77
25.71% (4TH) The Power Play 22.00% (9th)
78.57% (24TH) The Penalty Kill 79.20% (22nd)
Connor Hellebuyck
(28-18-2 / .910 SV%)
Starting Goalie Pheonix Copley
(14-5-3 / .901 SV%)
L @ TBL  (32-36 / .889 SV%) Last Goalie Start  W VS NYR (26-31/ .839 SV%)
18-15-0 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 20-9-5 AT HOME

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Winnipeg’s last 5 games- Courtesy of OddsShark

Capitals Player To Watch

#19 Nicklas Backstrom – Center

The hockey world may have lost it’s collective minds over Mark Stone the last few months, but this is a little reminder that Nicklas Backstrom has been for pretty much doing what Stone has done recently and arguably better than him, his entire 12 year NHL career. Now granted he does get to see plenty of ice time with Alex Ovehckin which always helps the assist numbers, but he’s topped the 20 goal mark in each of the last four seasons – this season looking like a sure bet to be the fifth in a row – and he’s routinely in the discussion of top defensive forwards in the NHL.

Nicklas Backstrom Career NHL Stats (Bold indicates led league)
Season Tm GP G A PTS PIM S S% TSA ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2007-08 WSH 82 14 55 69 24 153 9.2 278 19:00 405 469 46.3 34 34 72 50
2008-09 WSH 82 22 66 88 46 174 12.6 312 19:57 570 601 48.7 46 52 77 62
2009-10 WSH 82 33 68 101 50 222 14.9 362 20:27 657 660 49.9 61 90 53 51
2010-11 WSH 77 18 47 65 40 202 8.9 349 20:36 679 619 52.3 62 68 73 42
2011-12 WSH 42 14 30 44 24 95 14.7 161 19:10 353 338 51.1 25 31 28 18
2012-13 WSH 48 8 40 48 20 82 9.8 156 19:54 432 408 51.4 35 31 33 26
2013-14 WSH 82 18 61 79 54 196 9.2 336 19:48 714 701 50.5 54 89 54 24
2014-15 WSH 82 18 60 78 40 153 11.8 283 20:32 862 747 53.6 52 91 55 35
2015-16 WSH 75 20 50 70 36 129 15.5 222 19:11 659 698 48.6 50 51 42 27
2016-17 WSH 82 23 63 86 38 162 14.2 269 18:16 685 648 51.4 33 45 61 54
2017-18 WSH 81 21 50 71 46 165 12.7 279 19:40 702 669 51.2 51 37 44 58
2018-19 WSH 67 17 47 64 22 149 11.4 250 20:01 592 612 49.2 23 46 44 54
Career 12 yrs 882 226 637 863 440 1882 12.0 3257 19:43 7310 7170 50.5 526 665 636 501

Last Capitals Game

Braden Holtby was sharp early on and posted 25 saves as the Capitals were able to grind out a 3-0 shutout win at home against New Jersey for their sixth win in a row. The win helped the Caps regain top spot in the Metropolitan division.

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Capitals Notebook

  • TSN.ca: Capitals beat Devils to extend win streak to six
  • In each of their last six wins, the Caps have outshot their opponents and are 18-6-3 when they do so.
  • Alex Ovechkin has 91 freakin points against the Thrashers / Jets franchise which is obviously makes him the highest scorer against the ThrashJets but also is his highest point total against any team he’s faced.
  • Ovechkin is one point away from an amazing 1,200 for his career.
  • The Caps have an all-time record of 49-27-5-9 against Atlanta/Winnipeg

Jets Player To Watch

#88 Nathan Beaulieu – Defense

The trade for Kevin Hayes may have gotten all the headlines at the deadline and he is certainly fitting in for the Jets early on, but it’s the trade of a sixth round pick to Buffalo for Nathan Beaulieu that has the lead for “steal of the deadline” considering the dire straits the Jets defense seemed to be in a day earlier having lost Josh Morrissey for up to a month with injury. Beaulieu requested a trade away from Buffalo leading up to the deadline as the Sabres just didn’t seem to have any interest in giving him serious minutes as he was averaging just under 15 per game with Buffalo.

Since joining the Jets, he’s taken Morrissey’s spot beside Jacob Trouba and is up to 18 minutes per game – he played 21:37 in the victory over Carolina – and in his five games with the Jets has collected three assists.

Nathan Beaulieu’s last five games
Scor Scor Scor
Rk Date Tm Opp G A PTS +/- S S% SHFT TOI HIT BLK
1 2019-03-08 WPG @ CAR W 0 1 1 2 3 0.0 24 21:37 4 0
2 2019-03-05 WPG @ TBL L 0 0 0 -1 2 0.0 19 16:37 0 1
3 2019-03-03 WPG @ CBJ W 0 2 2 3 0 19 19:26 0 0
4 2019-03-01 WPG NSH W 0 0 0 -1 1 0.0 19 17:23 2 2
5 2019-02-26 WPG MIN L 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 18 15:28 2 0

Last Jets Game

Likely still stinging from the previous defeat in Tampa, a bunch of Jets skated into Carolina and surged past the Hurricanes with a dominant 8-1 victory as Laurent Brossoit made 28 saves and Andrew Copp picked up a couple of goals.

Jets Notebook

  • The Jets haven’t won two road games in a row yet this calendar year. Conversely though, they also haven’t lost three regulation games in a row since December 2016.
  • The Jets are 17-9-2 against Eastern Conference teams this season, including 11-3-0 against the Metropolitan division.
  • Six different Jets had multi-point games in the win over Carolina. Nik Ehlers led all Jets with a goal and two assists.
  • Blake Wheeler has a four game goal scoring streak (he’s scored seven over the last four games) and an eight game point streak which is the second longest he’s had this season (he had one of 11 games back in October/November)
  • The Jets have never had much success in the US capital, going 12-22-10 all-time in Washington, but again keep in mind a lot of that record goes back to the Atlanta days.
  • Connor Hellebuyck is 3-1-1 in five career starts against Washington with a 2.13 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

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including power play and penalty kill lines by checking out our line combo page.

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Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 79.2#16 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 83.8#5 C

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Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 81.8#5 RW

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FL1 Rating
Rating: 81.58#2 FL1
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 76.2#25 LW

Kevin Hayes
KEVIN HAYES

Rating: 76.0#42 C

Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 76.9#28 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.36#8 FL2
Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 71.0#110 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 72.9#82 C

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 73.4#58 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.44#18 FL3
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 72.4#83 LW

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 71.8#109 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 70.0#110 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.42#10 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Nathan Beaulieu
NATHAN BEAULIEU

Rating: 71.5#85 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 76.7#23 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.14#20 DL1
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 69.7#119 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 73.8#39 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.72#25 DL2
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.3#89 LD

Sami Niku
SAMI NIKU

Rating: 72.1#64 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.71#17 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 73.7#23 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 68.2#56 G2

Washington Capitals Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Alex Ovechkin
ALEX OVECHKIN

Rating: 86.3#2 LW

Evgeny Kuznetsov
EVGENY KUZNETSOV

Rating: 79.6#18 C

Tom Wilson
TOM WILSON

Rating: 76.2#34 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 80.72#3 FL1
Jakub Vrana
JAKUB VRANA

Rating: 75.3#51 LW

Nicklas Backstrom
NICKLAS BACKSTROM

Rating: 78.4#29 C

T.J. Oshie
T.J. OSHIE

Rating: 79.7#14 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.78#3 FL2
Carl Hagelin
CARL HAGELIN

Rating: 73.2#67 LW

Lars Eller
LARS ELLER

Rating: 74.0#64 C

Brett Connolly
BRETT CONNOLLY

Rating: 75.1#40 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.07#5 FL3
Andre Burakovsky
ANDRE BURAKOVSKY

Rating: 73.2#66 LW

Nic Dowd
NIC DOWD

Rating: 71.5#121 C

Travis Boyd
TRAVIS BOYD

Rating: 72.8#65 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.51#1 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Michal Kempny
MICHAL KEMPNY

Rating: 74.1#42 LD

John Carlson
JOHN CARLSON

Rating: 80.3#6 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 77.20#10 DL1
Dmitri Orlov
DMITRI ORLOV

Rating: 74.7#29 LD

Matt Niskanen
MATT NISKANEN

Rating: 74.4#32 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.57#12 DL2
Brooks Orpik
BROOKS ORPIK

Rating: 70.7#102 LD

Nick Jensen
NICK JENSEN

Rating: 72.9#53 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.79#15 DL3
GOALIES
Pheonix Copley
PHEONIX COPLEY

Rating: 67.8#57 G1

Braden Holtby
BRADEN HOLTBY

Rating: 73.5#25 G2