For the just second time since their return to the NHL, the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames will match up. These are two teams who were predicted to be very bad in the Western Conference however I think both have been pretty pleasant surprises. Although neither is in a playoff spot, the Jets are sitting at .500 and playing well against some pretty tough teams. The Flames although having an incredibly weak team on paper, have been scrappy and fun to watch. Should be a good game at the MTS Center tonight, see you there.
The Calgary Flames, if nothing else this year have been fun to watch. Though lacking some skill they come out every night and play hard and make it difficult on their opponent. The Flames are on a bit of a slide currently losing their last 6 and 8 of 9, and they will be looking to turn it around in Winnipeg. The Flames lean on a few guys for their offense, one being Jiri Hudler. The long time Red Wing has already racked up 20pts this season and is the Flames leader on the ice. In net the Flames have put the heavy load on rookie Reto Berra. Berra started his NHL career by dominating the Chicago Blackhawks in his debut, leading to some pretty big expectations. At this point however that remains his only win, but he has shown the ability to steal games. The Flames may not have a good record but you cannot sleep on this team or you will be heading home with a loss.
The streak finally came to an end Sunday night in Minnesota when the Jets dropped a 2-1 decision to the Minnesota Wild. It appeared the Jets were destined for extra time once again until Mikko Koivu scored with under 5 minutes left, sending the Jets home pointless. The Jets did not play poorly, but they did not really play good for 60 minutes either. The Jets really showed up for only 1 period last night, as they dominated the Wild in the second, but in the tough Western Conference 20 minutes is not enough. Back in Winnipeg Monday night, look for Al Montoya to get back in the net. The Jets have been pleased with the way Montoya has played in limited starts. He gives the Jets a chance to win every time he is in the net and has been pushing Pavelec for more starts.
Emotions: This will be Zach Redmonds first game at home since his scary injury last season. The place will go nuts so it is important he, and the rest of the Jets stay in check and play their game.
Play your level: On paper this should be a Jets win, however Winnipeg has a trend to play down to their opponents. If they do that the flames will beat them, if they can play their level of hockey the Jets will come out with a win.
Back on track: Jets have been great recently, Minnesota needs to be forgotten quickly as a hiccup and the start of a new streak starts tonight.
Al Montoya (2-2-0) GAA: 2.20 SV% .921
Reto Berra (1-4-1) GAA: 3.65 SV% .882
Trouba WPG, (neck) out
Slater WPG, (Sports Hernia) out
Postma WPG, (blood clot) out
Stuart WPG, (hip) out
Bogosian WPG, (lower body injury) out
Glencross CGY, (MCL) out
Giordano CGY, (broken ankle) out
Jets 4 Flames 1
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