Winnipeg continues their four game central division road trip Saturday night in Dallas when they face the Stars for the second time this season. On October 11th the Stars came into the MTS Center and dominated the Jets up and down the ice on the way to a 4-1 win. This was the second half of a back to back but it was no excuse for the Winnipeg team that was never in this game. Tyler Seguin dominated scoring twice and adding a couple assists. This is a big division rivalry and how better to celebrate then be featured on Hockey Night in Canada, tune in!
Dallas has been very hit and miss this season, much like the Winnipeg Jets. Some days they have come out and competed right along with really good teams, on other days the Stars have produced theur share of stinkers and that has kept them at a 4-5 record. Coming off a 5-1 thrashing of the Calgary Flames, Dallas will attempt to build on that performance and continue the momentum. Another player looking to buil on that performance is Jaime Benn. The Olympic team hopeful and Captain of the Dallas Stars got two goals Thursday, bringing his overall number to 3. The season started slow and he has drawn some critism in Dallas, but the Stars are hoping the Calgary game was the start of the turnaround, and they can get the Benn of old. Dallas has tons of offensive power but has been giving up a lot of goals. A sound defensive game should get you a W against this team.
Winnipegs 3-2 shootout loss to Nashville Thursday was very alike to the game that Jets fans saw Tuesday against Washington. Although Winnipeg did not look great and probably will not be very pleased with their game they left with a point that they are probably lucky to have. Again playing 60 minutes was the problem for the Jets, who conssistantly come out and play 30, 40, even 50 solid good minutes, and then dissapear for the rest. It is nearly impossible in this league to win if you are not playing 60 minutes. One player that the Jets have been happy with is Anthony Peluso, who was finally rewarded for his consistent play with his first NHL goal Thursday. Peluso has been one of the few consistent players for the Jets and it appears he has earned an every day NHL job.
Stop the Skid: The Jets are on a dangerous slide here, after starting the season with 2 straight wins they only have 2 more in the 9 games since. This cannot go on much longer or the Jets season will be over early.
Primary Scoring: Most teams talk about secondary scoring, however this team has picked up goals from guys like Peluso and Frolik here and there. What they have not been getting is consistent scoring from the top lines and it is what they need.
Pavvy: Though Pavelec has been making huge saves, he has been criticized for not making the saves at big times. Though it is hard to blame Pavelec for many goals this season, he has not stole games for the Jets, or made the save they need.
Ondrej Pavelec (3-5-2) GAA: 3.06 SV% .902
Kari Lehtonen (3-1-0) GAA: 1.41 SV% .956
Trouba WPG, (neck) out
Thorburn WPG, (undisclosed) out
Slater WPG, (lower body) day-to-day
Glennie DAL, (Knee) out
Stars to much for Jets on the road
Stars 5 Jets 2