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JNGD.S8.G79 Flight Plan: Jets Road To Central Division Title Starts In Chicago

The Winnipeg Jets close out the last week of the regular season with a four-game road trip starting tonight in Chicago and tomorrow night in Minnesota. Winnipeg is just six points away (either earned by them or lost by Nashville/St. Louis) from clinching top spot in the Central division and maybe even more importantly, get things trending in a positive direction leading into the playoffs.

Winnipeg Jets (44-25-4 / 1st Central)
@
Chicago Blackhawks (34-33-1 / 7th Central)

April 1, 2019 – Puck drop: 7:30 PM CST
United Center – Chicago, IL
TV: TSN 3 – Radio: TSN 1290

3-1 Loss vs MTL Last Game 3-2 OT Loss @ LAK
1-4-0 (3 L) Last 5 Games 2-2-1 (1 OTL)
MARK SCHEIFELE – 36 Goal Leader Kane / DeBrincat – 41
BLAKE WHEELER – 69 Assist Leader Patrick Kane – 64
BLAKE WHEELER – 89 Points Leader Patrick Kane – 105
25.52% (4TH) The Power Play 20.61% (12TH)
78.99% (22nd) The Penalty Kill 72.73% (31st)
Connor Hellebuyck
(32-23-2 / .913 SV%)
Starting Goalie Corey Crawford
(14-18-4 / .908 SV%)
L vs MTL (41-43 / .953 SV%) Last Goalie Start OTL @ LAK (26-29 / .897 SV%)
20-17-0 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 17-14-7 AT HOME

Winnipeg is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Chicago – From our friends at OddsShark

Blackhawks Player To Watch

#56 Erik Gustafsson  – Defense

It’s been a great breakout season for the Hawks 27 year old defenseman who is enjoying his first full season in the NHL after a couple of seasons split between Chicago and Rockford of the AHL. It’s come almost out of necessity as aging players like Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook have started to become shells of them former selves and it’s Gustafsson who has led Hawks d-men in both goals and points.

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Gustafsson NHL Career Stats
Scor Scor Scor Shot Shot Shot Ice
Season Age Tm GP G A PTS +/- PIM S S% TSA ATOI BLK HIT TK GV
2015-16 23 CHI 41 0 14 14 11 4 58 0.0 130 15:27 37 29 9 12
2017-18 25 CHI 35 5 11 16 1 6 71 7.0 131 18:33 45 30 12 23
2018-19 26 CHI 75 17 39 56 -9 30 150 11.3 327 22:27 108 92 31 75
Career 3 yrs 151 22 64 86 3 40 279 7.9 588 19:39 190 151 52 110

Last Blakhawks Game

The Hawks needed a full two points from this game to have any chance to stay alive in the playoff race, but a Drew Doughty power play goal with seconds left in overtime sunk the Hawks.

Jets Player To Watch

#18 Bryan Little – LW

When the Jets went out and traded for Kevin Hayes, many understood that it was to help the Jets be a deeper offensive team as Hayes is someone that can play center on a second line. That role was something that the Jets had hoped would be filled by Bryan Little back in 2017 when they signed him to a six year, $6.25 million deal – the first year of which kicked in this season. That it’s the second season in a row that the Jets have gone out to pick up depth at center should be a bit concerning, but Little’s nine game point-less streak coming down the stretch is even more concerning.

If the Jets are going to have any chance to have a deep run at the playoffs, the need Little to start chipping in some offense.

Last Jets Game

Connor Hellebuyck was great, the rest of the Winnipeg Jets were duds as the home side closed out with a fourth loss in row at Bell MTS Place and the Canadiens kept their playoff hopes alive with a 3-1 win.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

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Chicago Blackhawks Lines

Forwards

Brandon Saad – Jonathan Toews – Dylan Sykura

Alex DeBrincat – Dylan Strome – Patrick Kane

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Drake Cagguila – Artem Anisimov – Dominik Kahun

Chris Kunitz – Marcus Kruger – Brendan Perlini

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Defence

Duncan Keith – Erik Gustafsson

Gustav Forsling – Brent Seabrook

Slater Koekkoek – Connor Murphy

Goalies

Corey Crawford – Colin Delia

Winnipeg Jets Lines

Forwards

Kyle Connor – Mark Scheifele – Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers – Kevin Hayes – Patrik Laine

Brandon Tanev – Adam Lowry – Bryan Little

Mathieu Perreault – Andrew Copp – Jack Roslovic

Defence

Nathan Beaulieu – Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot – Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov – Tyler Myers

Goalies

Connor Hellebuyck – Eric Comrie