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JN Flight Plan #51: Winnipeg Jets vs Columbus Blue Jackets

The Winnipeg Jets are on the second half of a road back to back and if you thought they were in tough last night against Carolina, the Jets now have to square up against the red hot Columbus Blue Jackets who have won seven of their last eight games including their last five in a row.

Thankfully after this, the jets get an extended break with the All-Star game this weekend and then a player’s week off following that.

Winnipeg Jets (25-21-4 / 4th Central)
@
Columbus Blue Jackets (26-16-8 / 5th Metro)

Jan 22, 2020 – Puck drop: 6:30 PM CST
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, Oh
TV: Sportsnet – Radio: TSN 1290

@ CAR 4-1 L Last Game @ NYR 2-1 W
1-4-0 (3 L) Last 5 Games  5-0-0 (5 W)
Kyle Connor – 24 Goal Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois – 15
Mark Scheifele – 31 Assist Leader Seth Jones – 37
MARK SCHEIFELE – 54 Points Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois – 35
19.59% (16th) The Power Play 17.12% (23rd)
75.00% (28th) The Penalty Kill 82.35% (9th)
Laurent Brossoit
(4-5-0 / .885 SV%)
Starting Goalie Elvis Merzlikins
(8-6-4 / .928 SV%)
L @ BOS (31-36 / .861 SV%) Last Goalie Start W vs NJD (41-41 / 1.00 SV%)
14-10-2 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 15-9-2 AT HOME

Last Blue Jackets Game

The Jackets were the better team all night, but it was an explosive second period where the Jackets flexed their offensive muscles with four goals, while Elvis Merzlikins made 41 stops in goal to  pace the Jackets to a 5-0 over New Jersey.

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Fun Blue Jackets Facts…

  • Columbus has collected 60 points (26-16-8) through 50 contests, which is the second-highest point total through the half-century mark in franchise-history (2016-17, 71 pts.).
  • Columbus has collected 16 points in January (8-2-0), with the club’s .800 points percentage the highest all-time in the first month of a new year.
  • Elvis Merzlikins made a career-high 41 saves in Saturday’s 5-0 win over New Jersey for his fourth-straight win and third via shutout. He was named the NHL’s Second Star for the Week (Jan. 13-19), going 3-0-0 with a 0.67 GAA, .982 SV% and two shutouts in three starts.

What They’re Saying…

“What stands out to me most is that in five of the previous six seasons, the Jackets’ season-ending point total exceeded their pace at the 50 game mark. Does this team have the potential to exceed a 98 point pace? On one hand, it seems unlikely that they can continue to count on the high level of goaltending we saw from Joonas Korpisalo in December and Elvis Merzlikins in January. On the other hand, the offense should continue to improve with the return of injured stars like Cam Atkinson and Oliver Bjorkstrand to the lineup.”

Cannon Blasts: The Blue Jackets are contenders now – The Cannon

“Sergei Bobrovsky was Mr. Everything for the Blue Jackets in his tenure there. When he was rolling, so was the team. He won two Vezinas, including one when the Blue Jackets didn’t make the playoffs. But in his mind, his time was up. He wanted to move on. It was the end of a glorious era in one sense. When he exercised his right to unrestricted free agency, it left a huge hole in net. Someone had to fill it. But who?”

Goalies You Can’t Spell Stealing the Blue Jackets’ Show – The Hockey Writers


Last Jets Game

The last game was less than 24 hours ago and really, do you want to re-live it again? Of course you don’t, but you do like to see Patrik Laine score goals so here is a video of some of his best…

Fun Jets Facts…

  • The Jets are 14-10-2 on the road this season, which places them tied for the third in the NHL.
  • The Jets have 10 back-to-back sets this season, the sixth of which is happening right now. The Jets are 4-2-0 in the first and 2-3-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.
  • Patrik Laine has scored in consecutive games for the fourth time this season, but has yet to extend a goal streak to three games. Laine had three goal scoring streaks of three games or longer last season.

What We’re Saying…

It’s one thing to lose while playing hard and getting some chances, but Winnipeg is lazy on the forecheck, even worse on the backcheck, and downright terrible in front of their net. It’s the hustle plays where Winnipeg is currently failing. Everyone knows the team is skilled, but if the effort isn’t there, the team is going to struggle. We are seeing that play itself out on the ice.

WTWF: Jets Limp Into Columbus Before All-Star Weekend

 


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Columbus Blue Jackets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Gustav Nyquist
GUSTAV NYQUIST

Rating: 72.0#99 LW

Pierre-Luc Dubois
PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS

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Rating: 74.9#43 C

Oliver Bjorkstrand
OLIVER BJORKSTRAND

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Rating: 77.3#11 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.73#21 FL1
Emil Bemstrom
EMIL BEMSTROM

Rating: 73.1#56 LW

Alexander Wennberg
ALEXANDER WENNBERG

Rating: 71.8#101 C

Cam Atkinson
CAM ATKINSON

Rating: 77.9#8 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.29#14 FL2
Nick Foligno
NICK FOLIGNO

Rating: 72.1#76 LW

Boone Jenner
BOONE JENNER

Rating: 71.4#113 C

Nathan Gerbe
NATHAN GERBE

Rating: 73.2#49 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.24#10 FL3
Jakob Lilja
JAKOB LILJA

Rating: 71.3#92 LW

Riley Nash
RILEY NASH

Rating: 69.3#173 C

Eric Robinson
ERIC ROBINSON

Rating: 71.0#92 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.53#22 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Zach Werenski
ZACH WERENSKI

Rating: 77.6#4 LD

Seth Jones
SETH JONES

Rating: 76.8#9 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 77.22#2 DL1
Vladislav Gavrikov
VLADISLAV GAVRIKOV

Rating: 74.0#33 LD

David Savard
DAVID SAVARD

Rating: 73.5#35 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.73#12 DL2
Scott Harrington
SCOTT HARRINGTON

Rating: 71.1#92 LD

Markus Nutivaara
MARKUS NUTIVAARA

Rating: 72.6#56 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.84#21 DL3
GOALIES
Elvis Merzlikins
ELVIS MERZLIKINS

Rating: 68.9#22 G1

Matiss Kivlenieks
MATISS KIVLENIEKS

Rating: 68.0#32 G2

 

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 78.0#11 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 77.7#17 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 74.3#35 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.65#8 FL1
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 74.9#28 LW

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 75.4#25 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 70.4#100 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.59#19 FL2
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 69.9#125 LW

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 72.6#86 C

Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON

Rating: 69.1#119 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.51#26 FL3
Gabriel Bourque
GABRIEL BOURQUE

Rating: 68.0#138 LW

Jansen Harkins
JANSEN HARKINS
Kristian Vesalainen
KRISTIAN VESALAINEN

Rating: 73.5#48 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.77#20 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 73.4#44 LD

Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK

Rating: 73.5#31 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.46#20 DL1
Luca Sbisa
LUCA SBISA

Rating: 71.0#94 LD

Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 71.0#87 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.96#29 DL2
Anthony Bitetto
ANTHONY BITETTO

Rating: 69.1#111 LD

Sami Niku
SAMI NIKU

Rating: 71.1#84 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.13#30 DL3
GOALIES
Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 64.5#57 G1

Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 71.1#10 G2