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JN Flight Plan #47: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Winnipeg Jets

The Jets week long three game home stand concludes tonight with a visit from the surging Tampa Bay Lightning who were struggling quite a bit earlier this season, but have been on fire as of late having won 11 of their last 13 games played.

Tampa Bay Lightning (28-15-4 / 2nd Atlantic)
@
Winnipeg Jets (25-18-4 / 4th Central)

Jan 17, 2020 – Puck drop: 7:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB
TV: TSN 3 – Radio: TSN 1290

@ MIN 3-2 L Last Game VS VAN 4-0 W
3-2-0 (1 L) Last 5 Games  3-2-0 (1 W)
Nikita Kucherov – 20 Goal Leader Kyle Connor – 24
Kucherov / Hedman – 32 Assist Leader Mark Scheifele – 30
Nikita Kucherov – 52 Points Leader MARK SCHEIFELE – 52
27.70% (2nd) The Power Play 21.17% (10th)
82.89% (8th) The Penalty Kill 74.17% (29th)
Andrei Vasilevskiy
(23-9-2 / .916 SV%)
Starting Goalie CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
(21-13-4 / .923 SV%)
W vs LAK (38-41 / .927 SV%) Last Goalie Start W VS VAN (41-41 / 1.00 SV%)
13-8-2 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 11-10-2 AT HOME

Last Lightning Game

The Lightning couldn’t overcome stretches of sluggish play as the Minnesota Wild snapped their four game winless streak by defeating the Bolts 3-2

Fun Lightning Facts…

  • The Lightning are completing their ninth of 15 back-to-back sets. The Bolts are 5-2-1 in the second half of a back-to-back this season.
  • Tampa Bay has held their opponents to 25 or fewer shots in five of their last six games.
  • Some of Tampa’s top players have enjoyed success against the Jets. Steven Stamkos has recorded multiple points in three-straight contests vs Winnipeg (3-3–6) Nikita Kucherov is on a three-game point streak against the Jets (1-3–4) Ondrej Palat has points in five of his last six games vs the Jets (2-5–7) and Brayden Point has points in five of his six career games vs. WPG (3-5–8)

What They’re Saying…

“I’m not sure where this idea started and I don’t have any reasonable way of figuring that out. But it’s been around for seemingly the entirety of this recent run of success under Jon Cooper. If I had to guess, I’d say this is a narrative grounded in very little other than the idea that skilled, high scoring teams must inherently be bad defensively. Or, if I want to be a little more charitable, maybe it stems from the blue line being the obvious roster weakness through the first several years of Jon Cooper’s tenure.”

The myth of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s bad defense – Raw Charge

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Last Jets Game

The Jets were out-shot as per usual, but Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves for his 16th career shutout as Winnipeg shut down the Vancouver Canucls 4-0.

Fun Jets Facts…

  • The Jets are 9-3-2 this season when getting two or more days rest, compared to 16-15-2 when getting one day or less of rest. They are also 4-0-1 on Fridays this season. One other bit of positive history working for the Jets? Since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg, the Jets are 12-6-5 against the Lightning.
  • The Jets are 9-9-1 against the Eastern Conference this season, including 5-4-0 against the Atlantic Division. Winnipeg plays four of their next five games against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Kyle Connor scored twice on Tuesday to extend his team leading goal total to 24 in 47 games. He’s 10 goals shy of the career high 34 goals he scored last season and is on pace for 42 goals this season.

What We’re Saying…

While some fans haven’t been too happy with Winnipeg’s struggles at home this season, Hellebuyck’s great play is one reason to show up to Bell MTS Place and watch this team play. In addition to his great play, Hellebuyck also passed Pavelec for the franchise record in shutouts. Hellebuyck recorded his 18th career shutout to give him sole possession of first for the franchise.

WTWF: Jets Looking To Sweep Season Series Vs Lightning

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You can also get up to the minute lineup combos for the Jets
including power play and penalty kill lines by checking out our line combo page.

Tampa Bay Lightning Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Ondrej Palat
ONDREJ PALAT

Rating: 73.7#44 LW

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Brayden Point
BRAYDEN POINT

Rating: 79.7#10 C

Nikita Kucherov
NIKITA KUCHEROV

Rating: 83.0#1 RW

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FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.81#4 FL1
Steven Stamkos
STEVEN STAMKOS

Rating: 80.9#7 LW

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Anthony Cirelli
ANTHONY CIRELLI

Rating: 74.3#54 C

Tyler Johnson
TYLER JOHNSON

Rating: 73.9#59 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.33#3 FL2
Alexander Volkov
ALEXANDER VOLKOV
Cedric Paquette
CEDRIC PAQUETTE

Rating: 71.0#133 C

Alex Killorn
ALEX KILLORN

Rating: 75.7#35 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.34#4 FL3
Carter Verhaeghe
CARTER VERHAEGHE

Rating: 74.0#36 LW

Mitchell Stephens
MITCHELL STEPHENS

Rating: 72.9#79 C

Yanni Gourde
YANNI GOURDE

Rating: 72.3#70 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 73.07#1 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Victor Hedman
VICTOR HEDMAN

Rating: 79.6#1 LD

Jan Rutta
JAN RUTTA

Rating: 72.7#54 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.18#5 DL1
Ryan McDonagh
RYAN MCDONAGH

Rating: 74.0#34 LD

Erik Cernak
ERIK CERNAK

Rating: 73.7#29 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.85#10 DL2
Mikhail Sergachev
MIKHAIL SERGACHEV

Rating: 75.6#10 LD

Kevin Shattenkirk
KEVIN SHATTENKIRK

Rating: 75.3#16 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 75.47#1 DL3
GOALIES
Andrei Vasilevskiy
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY

Rating: 72.4#8 G1

Curtis McElhinney
CURTIS MCELHINNEY

Rating: 70.8#13 G2

 

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 77.8#10 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 78.4#17 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 74.1#40 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.77#7 FL1
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 72.9#81 LW

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 76.1#17 C

Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 75.6#23 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.83#12 FL2
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 69.5#133 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 69.7#169 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 70.1#159 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 69.76#31 FL3
Jansen Harkins
JANSEN HARKINS
Nick Shore
NICK SHORE

Rating: 70.7#144 C

Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON

Rating: 69.3#120 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.01#24 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 73.7#37 LD

Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 71.6#88 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.64#27 DL1
Sami Niku
SAMI NIKU

Rating: 71.2#96 LD

Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK

Rating: 73.3#36 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.27#29 DL2
Anthony Bitetto
ANTHONY BITETTO

Rating: 69.8#114 LD

Luca Sbisa
LUCA SBISA

Rating: 71.2#86 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.47#30 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 71.5#10 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 65.0#53 G2