JETBLAST: DALLAS @ WINNIPEG

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JETBLAST

Dallas Stars (14-11-5) at Winnipeg Jets (14-14-5) 2:00 p.m., MTS Centre TV: CBC, TXA 21 Radio: TSN 1290, 1310 AM

Winnipeg and Dallas meet up for the third time this season in a Saturday afternoon, Hockey Night in Canada match up. After Dallas dominated the first match up in Winnipeg, the Jets took game 2 of the season series 2-1 in a shootout. All year the teams have been pretty even in the standings, though feelings around the team may not be as similar. The Stars seem to be underachieving while the Jets are performing as most experts had predicted. Both teams feel they should be higher up in the standings and both would probably say that they have left points on the table. Saturday afternoon both will try to get a big divisional win, Jets and Stars, battle of the sky, lets go!

Stars

Dallas has under performed this season, at this point they are tied for last in the division, although they do have games in hand on both the Jets and Predators. The last time these teams met at the MTS Centre the game was dominated by Tyler Seguin. The young man who joined the Stars during the offseason after a trade from Boston has been the Stars best offensive player ant the team often goes as he does. The one problem Seguin has encountered this season is inconsistency, as you do not know what you are going to get on a night to night basis. As a team the Stars have struggled as of late with only 3 wins in their last 10 and have given up an average of over 4 goals per game in their last 5. If there is a time to beat the Stars this may be it.

Jets

The Jets suffered another tough divisional loss Thursday night due to inconsistency and another performance that lasted less than 60 minutes. Winnipeg played nearly two very strong and dominant periods but a poor performance in the middle frame had them fighting from behind and eventually settling for just a single point in a 4-3 shootout loss. This dropped the Jets to 3-10-3 within their own division, a total of only 9 of a possible 32 points, a stat that may all but eliminate them from playoff contention already. Winnipeg will give these divisional games another shot when they take on the Stars Saturday afternoon to try and turn around a 3 game home stand that has started at 0-2. Winnipeg does have something going for them, in the last few games the Jets have been scoring or at very least managing chances while the Stars have been giving up goals. It may be the perfect recipe for the Jets to get back in the win column.

Keys to the Game

Chemistry: The Jets seem to have found some chemistry but with Evander Kane skating Friday night it appears he may return. It is important the Jets do not let this change affect them.

Home Crowd: The Jets have failed in front of their home crowd twice in a row now and are in desperate need of a win. Use the crowd to your advantage and make it happen

Create from the forecheck: Winnipeg can be very good when they are coming in hard on the puck and throwing their weight around. When their forecheck is going they can generate lots of offence and will need it Saturday afternoon.

Starting Goalies

Ondrej Pavelec (10-12-4) GAA: 2.73 SV% .912
Kari Lehtonen (11-7-5) GAA: 2.42 SV% .921

Injuries

Slater WPG, (Sports Hernia) out
Postma WPG, (blood clot) out
Bogosian WPG, (lower body injury) out
Kane WPG, (lower body injury) day-to-day

Fiddler DAL, (upper body) day-to-day
Daley DAL, (lower body) out
Robidas DAL, (broken leg) out

Last 10 (W-L-OTL)

Jets: 4-4-2
Stars: 3-4-3

Prediction

Jets make the home stand worth it
Jets 3 Stars 1

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