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JNGD.S8.G71 Flight Plan: Jets Look To Cool Down Red Hot Flames

The Jets haven’t exactly had good fortune going up against division leaders lately. They’ve lost recent matches to leaders from the Metropolitan division as well as Atlantic division and tonight they take on the leaders of the Pacific who have already beaten the Jets twice this season. The good news is that the Jets are catching Calgary on the second game of a back-to-back swing and the Flames haven’t exactly handled those well this season.

Calgary Flames (44-20-1 / 1st Pacific)
@
Winnipeg Jets (41-25-4 / 1st Central)

March 16, 2019 – Puck drop: 6:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB
TV: Sportsnet (West & Central) – Radio: TSN 1290

5-1 W vs NYR Last Game 4-3 W vs BOS
3-2-0 (3 W) Last 5 Games 2-3-0 (1 W)
Johnny Gaudreau – 34 Goal Leader MARK SCHEIFELE – 33
Johnny Gaudreau – 57 Assist Leader BLAKE WHEELER – 66
Johnny Gaudreau – 91 Points Leader BLAKE WHEELER – 86
21.58% (10th) The Power Play 25.57% (5TH)
80.00% (20th) The Penalty Kill 79.07% (23rd)
Mike Smith
(19-13-2 / .896 SV%)
Starting Goalie CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
(29-20-2 / .909 SV%)
L @ ARI (24-26/ .923 SV%) Last Goalie Start W vs BOS (36-39 / .923 SV%)
21-13-2 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 23-9-4 AT HOME

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Winnipeg’s last 5 games at home – from OddsShark

Flames Player To Watch

#19- Matthew Tkachuk – Left Wing

Son-of-Keith has been a regular chip off the ‘ol block as he’s piled up the points in his third pro year setting career highs in goals (32) and points (79) with a few more weeks of the regular season left to play. He’s an annoyingly great (grate?) combination of skill, decent size and a shit-disturber’s mentality that has always wore down his opponents, but some of that is based more on his reputation from his first season where he picked up 100+ penalty minutes. Since then he’s toned down the agitation side of his play as his own skill is far to valuable to the Flames to take off the ice, a point that has been proven this past week as he had a four point night on Sunday against the Golden Knights and a five point night against the Rangers last night.

Tkachuk’s Last Five Games
Date Tm Opp G A PTS +/- PIM S S% SHFT TOI HIT BLK
2019-03-15 CGY NYR W 2 3 5 5 0 5 40.0 22 19:07 3 0
2019-03-12 CGY NJD W 1 0 1 -1 0 5 20.0 19 17:24 1 1
2019-03-10 CGY VEG W 3 1 4 3 0 3 100.0 22 15:22 2 0
2019-03-07 CGY @ ARI L 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 19 19:39 1 0
2019-03-06 CGY @ VEG L 0 1 1 0 4 5 0.0 22 16:29 2 0

Flames Last Game

The Flames extended their win streak to three games as a couple of goals early in the second period broke open a rather close game and helped Calgary coast to a 5-1 win over the New York Rangers.

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Flames Notebook

  • The Flames are 25-13-3 against Western conference teams this season. This of course includes a 2-0-0 mark against the Jets as they’ve beaten Winnipeg both on Nov 21 by a 6-3 score, and then a month later beat the Jets 4-1 in Winnipeg.
  • The Calgary Flames can clinch a playoff spot tonight with a win over the Jets, or they can still clinch if the Minnesota Wild lose to the Rangers at home.
  • This game is the ninth of ten times the Flames will play back-to-back games this season. They are 4-4-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.
  • From our friends over at FlamesNation: Quips and Quotes: Flames beat Rangers 5-1

Jets Player to Watch

#29 – Patrik Laine – Right Wing

Suddenly Patty’s a passer! He hasn’t exactly been setting the hockey world on fire with his goal scoring – though twice in the Jets last game against the Bruins he found iron behind Tuukka Rask – but he has been showing off his passing prowess with assists in six of his last eight games played including a pair of really nice passes during that Bruins game.

Laine’s Last Five Games
Date Tm Opp G A PTS +/- PIM S S% SHFT TOI HIT BLK
2019-03-14 WPG BOS W 0 2 2 -1 0 1 0.0 23 17:29 1 1
2019-03-12 WPG SJS L 0 1 1 0 0 1 0.0 25 20:39 0 1
2019-03-10 WPG @ WSH L 0 0 0 -1 2 3 0.0 23 21:51 0 1
2019-03-08 WPG @ CAR W 0 1 1 1 2 2 0.0 20 17:13 1 0
2019-03-05 WPG @ TBL L 0 1 1 -1 0 3 0.0 24 18:49 1 0

Last Jets Game

The score would likely suggest the game was closer than it really was as the Jets put together a solid sixty minute effort and rebounded from a crushing loss to San Jose by putting away a pesky Bruins side by a 4-3 score.

Jets Notebook

  • The Jets “magic number” to clinch a playoff spot is 11 points, meaning a combination of points earned by the Jets or points lost by the first team not in a playoff position would go towards helping earn a second straight playoff berth.
  • The Jets are 12-5-2 against Pacific Division opponents this season and have won seven of the past 11 games against the Pacific Division.
  • The home team has won nine of the last 12 games between the Jets and Flames.
  • Blake Wheeler has scored 20 goals or more in six consecutive seasons, but it’s his passing that continues to impress as he has 66 which is second in the NHL. He needs two assists to match the 68 assists he had last season, which was one shy of Marc Savard’s franchise record of 69 assists in a season.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

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Calgary Flames Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Johnny Gaudreau
JOHNNY GAUDREAU

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Rating: 82.2#6 LW

Sean Monahan
SEAN MONAHAN

Rating: 79.6#18 C

Elias Lindholm
ELIAS LINDHOLM

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Rating: 78.1#29 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 79.97#5 FL1
Matthew Tkachuk
MATTHEW TKACHUK

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Rating: 79.7#11 LW

Mikael Backlund
MIKAEL BACKLUND

Rating: 76.2#37 C

Michael Frolik
MICHAEL FROLIK

Rating: 74.7#42 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.91#9 FL2
Sam Bennett
SAM BENNETT

Rating: 71.7#116 LW

Mark Jankowski
MARK JANKOWSKI

Rating: 71.4#130 C

Austin Czarnik
AUSTIN CZARNIK

Rating: 72.2#105 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.76#22 FL3
Andrew Mangiapane
ANDREW MANGIAPANE

Rating: 72.3#81 LW

Derek Ryan
DEREK RYAN

Rating: 74.2#61 C

Garnet Hathaway
GARNET HATHAWAY

Rating: 70.2#109 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.24#5 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Mark Giordano
MARK GIORDANO

Rating: 80.3#5 LD

T.J. Brodie
T.J. BRODIE

Rating: 76.8#23 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 78.59#5 DL1
Noah Hanifin
NOAH HANIFIN

Rating: 75.5#23 LD

Travis Hamonic
TRAVIS HAMONIC

Rating: 73.8#38 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.63#12 DL2
Oscar Fantenberg
OSCAR FANTENBERG

Rating: 71.6#87 LD

Rasmus Andersson
RASMUS ANDERSSON

Rating: 73.1#53 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.33#10 DL3
GOALIES
Mike Smith
MIKE SMITH

Rating: 73.1#28 G1

David Rittich
DAVID RITTICH

Rating: 68.5#55 G2

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 78.3#18 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 82.4#10 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 81.4#6 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 80.74#4 FL1
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 76.5#27 LW

Kevin Hayes
KEVIN HAYES

Rating: 75.6#48 C

Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 77.6#22 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.55#10 FL2
Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 70.7#113 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 72.6#92 C

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 73.8#54 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.38#16 FL3
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 74.1#46 LW

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 73.7#71 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 71.8#81 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 73.18#1 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Nathan Beaulieu
NATHAN BEAULIEU

Rating: 71.4#92 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 76.3#24 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.86#25 DL1
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 70.4#113 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 74.0#34 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.24#27 DL2
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 72.0#79 LD

Sami Niku
SAMI NIKU

Rating: 71.9#75 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.92#14 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 72.8#32 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 68.2#57 G2

  • The Jets have the speed, size, skill and depth to beat any team but they seem to only play good against the leagues top teams. If the Flames come out and use their great speed against the Jets and badly out shoot them it will be a rout. Helly can only hold them in games so long before the constant pressure and shots takes its toll and he lets in 1 or 2 softies. It should be a great game.