JETBLAST: WINNIPEG @ VANCOUVER

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Winnipeg Jets (16-16-5) at Vancouver Canucks (21-11-6) 7:00 p.m., Rogers Arena TV: TSN Jets, SNET-P Radio: TSN 1290, WQAM

Winnipeg and Vancouver will meet for the first time since March of 2012, the two city that once worked under the same franchise now will clash on a Sunday night in Vancouver. Many of the Canucks stars spent their early professional years in Winnipeg playing for the Manitoba Moose, and many of the Jets brass was around in those days as well. Vancouver, currently sitting in the 7th playoff spot in the West is a franchise the Jets look to model after. Building through drafts and growth to become a perennial playoff team and at times a cup contender. Jets and Canucks for the first time this season, Lets go!

Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks have been the same team for years on end now, and though many say the team is on their way down and their window has closed, they remain dangerous and are not a team you want to face in the playoffs. For over 10 years now the Sedins have been two of the players the Canucks rely on and remain some of the top offensive players in the league. They are tied for the Canucks lead in points, each with 33, and their chemisty makes them dangerous everytime they step on the ice. Behind them is Roberto Luongo, who have the departure of Cory Schneider, is the undisputed number one goalie in Vancouver, and trying to earn the same honor for the Canadian olympic team. Luongo has had flashes of his past brilliance this season, but has also had times of inconsistency. When he is hot the Canucks are nearly unbeatable, but on the other side of the coin the Canucks are vulnerable if he is not.

Jets

How about that!? The inconsistency continues, but this time the Jets were on the right side of their streaky play. Winnipeg played one of their most exciting games of the season earning a 5-2 win over the hot Florida Panthers. Though they made somemistakes in the first that cost them goals the Jets were zoned in the rest of the game and dominated much of it. With all 5 goals coming with two assists, the Jets played an amazing team game and everyone got involved. The two youngsters were especially good as Mark Scheifele continued his strong play with two points, and Jacob Trouba had a goal and assist. Both players have been huge for the Jets especially recently, and it makes the future look very bright for the franchise. Another aspec tof the game that the Jets were very happy with after the game against Florida was the power play. Winnipeg scored two goals in under a minute on the power play that really sealed the game, and when Winnipeg can get production from their special teams they are dangerous. With only two games to go before the Christmas break the Jets want to head into their vacation on a high note, and tonight is when they can start.

Keys to the Game

Scheifele/Frolik/Kane: The line has been hot as of late and have taken the pressure off the number one line by providing a little scoring. If they continue this play it is a big plus for the Jets.

Traffic: If Lou can see it, most likely he will stop it. The Jets need to get in front of him and stop him from making the easy saves.

Special teams: The Canucks have many skilled players and can be very dangerous on the PP, the Jets need to win that battle and do their best to get chances on their opportunities with the man advantage.

Starting Goalies

Ondrej Pavelec (10-14-4) GAA: 2.90 SV% .908
Roberto Luongo (16-9-6) GAA: 2.26 SV% .919

Injuries

Slater WPG, (Sports Hernia) out
Postma WPG, (blood clot) out
Halischuk WPG, (arm) out

Stanton VAN, (ankle) day-to-day
Edler VAN, (lower body) out
Burrows VAN, (jaw) out
Schroeder VAN, (lower body) out

Last 10 (W-L-OTL)

Jets: 4-5-1
Canucks: 8-1-1

Prediction

Canucks too much for the Jets
Canucks 4 Jets 1

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