JETBLAST: WINNIPEG @ NEW JERSEY

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JETBLAST - New Jersey Devils
JETBLAST - Winnipeg Jets

JETBLAST

Winnipeg Jets (10-11-4) at New Jersey Devils (9-9-5)

7:00 p.m., MTS Centre TV: TSNJets, MSG Radio: TSN 1290,

For the second and final time this season the Jets and Devils will face off, this time in New Jersey. In their last meeting Al Montoya, in his first start of the season shut down the Devils on his way to a 3-0 shutout. The Jets offense was aided by Andrew Ladd, and Evander Kane, who had two goals. That game was a total domination as the Jets won nearly every statistical category. However since that time, the Jets have been very average the majority of time, while the Devils have raised their play a little but and seem a little more dangerous. So far this season the West has dominated the East and the Jets will look to continue the trend Monday night in Jersey.

Devils

The Devils have been a very similar team to the Jets this season. With wins over the Pens, Kings, Ducks and other highly talented teams, the Devils have shown they are able to compete. However they also have losses to Edmonton, Calgary, and other basement dwelling teams, sound familiar Jets fans? The Devils strength is clear, both Cory Schneider and Martin Brodeur are elite goaltenders and can steal games. Up front the story for New Jersey has been the play of Jaromir Jagr. The 41 year old Czech has 9 goals and 18 points this season as well as a +/- of 10. Jagr looks to have a whole new lease on life in the league and is one of this teams most dangerous scorers.

Jets

Winnipeg ran their losing streak to 4 Saturday afternoon, though once again getting a single point. The Jets once again gave away a third period lead and the Minnesota Wild came from behind for a 3-2 shootout win. The Jets played pretty well however and could be proud of much of their game. The defense was solid, and they managed some pretty good scoring chances. Another positive for the Jets was the play of their third line. The Scheifele, Frolik, and Halischuk line has had a few really good nights since being put together and were by far the best line for Winnipeg. The problem for the Jets remains a full effort, when one line is hot, another can do nothing right. When one is generating chances, the others are giving them up. It has been a consistent problem all season for the Jets. They must put it all together if they want to succeed in New Jersey.

Keys to the Game

Strong start: Not only for the game, but Monday is also the start of a 6 game road trip for the Jets. They need to get some wins and Monday is a good chance to build some momentum.

Play 60 (and only 60): Winnipeg has just 5 regulation wins all season. It is a pathetic number for the the Jets who need to get two points and stop giving their opponents points. Play a strong 60 and finish it there.

Dirty goals: Another night, another test against a top goaltender. Get to the net, defelect the puck, create havoc and get your mitts dirty.

Starting Goalies

Ondrej Pavelec (8-9-3) GAA: 2.81 SV% .913
Cory Schneider (2-5-3) GAA: 1.87 SV% .925

Injuries

Trouba WPG, (neck) game time decision
Slater WPG, (Sports Hernia) out
Postma WPG, (blood clot) out
Bogosian WPG, (lower body injury) out

Gionta NJ, (ankle) day-to-day
Volchenkov NJ, (leg) out
Salvador NJ, (foot) out
Clowe NJ, (head) out

Last 10 (W-L-OTL)

Jets: 5-3-2
Devils: 6-3-1

Prediction

Road trip starts good for Winnipeg Jets 4 Devils 2

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