JETBLAST: WINNIPEG @ ANAHEIM

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JETBLAST

Winnipeg Jets (22-23-5) at Anaheim Ducks (37-9-5) 9:00 p.m., Honda Center TV: TSNJets, PrimeRadio: TSN 1290

The Jets managed to win their third straight Saturday afternoon beating the Edmonton Oilers 3-0, keeping the team perfect under the coaching of Paul Maurice. Their reward? A date with the number 1 team in the league, who hasn’t lost a regulation game at home all season. The Anaheim Ducks pose a huge test for Winnipeg when they meet in California Tuesday evening. The last time these teams met early in October it was a special night for the crowd with emotions on high for the return of Teemu Selanne. Unfortunately for the Jets the emotion did not carry over to the team and Winnipeg turned in a very poor performance. Despite looking awful much of the game closing in on the final minutes they were still tied and had a chance to win. Then came the Jets biggest blunder of the season when Zach Bogosian fanned on a pass behind his own net. The puck slid right to the tape of Corey Perry who was all alone in front, a spot he does not miss often, and the Ducks earned a 3-2 win. Jets try to even the series Tuesday night, Lets Go!

Ducks

20-0-2 at home says it all for Anaheim. This team has been incredible at home, to have not lost a single game in regulation in 22 tries is an amazing feat. Away from home they have been nearly as good, top team in league by 4 points, they have been the clear number one. The Ducks have worked with the same core for years, led by two Canadian Olympians, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. The linemates have incredible chemistry and score nearly at will, each have over 50pts and are a +/- 24 and 23 respectively. Of course I cannot talk about a Ducks Jets game without mentioning Teemu Selanne. Probably the most famous Jet ever, Selanne is probably in his last NHL season, and on this team has a chance to end with a cup. This season he has not been an everyday player. Playing only 39 games so far Selanne has still put up some numbers. Their is a slight decrease, however 17 points have helped the team. He is especially effective on the power play where Selanne has 4 goals. The Ducks are the best team in the league and it will take an enormous effort to knock them off.

Jets

All kinds of positives for Winnipeg heading into Tuesday night. Besides their 3 straight wins they are getting healthier, Evander Kane will return and play on a line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. Paul Postma is also nearing return as he has been skating with the team and cannot be far away. Winnipeg counted on their rookies Saturday afternoon against Edmonton and they were not disappointed. Mark Scheifele notched his first regular season goal at the MTS Centre and Jacob Trouba added 2 including the overtime winner in the 3-2 win over the Oilers. Both are getting themselves into the Calder trophy discussion, Scheifele is just two points behind Nathan Mckinnon for the rookie scoring lead and Trouba is becoming the number 1 defenseman on this staff, and he is adding to the score sheet on many nights. Winnipeg needs these two, as well as every other player if they want a chance in this game.

Keys to the Game

Make a statement: The Ducks have not lost at home all season, it would be a huge boost for Winnipeg if they could manage a W.

Be Perfect: If the Jets do not play perfectly they have almost no chance at winning. All players must be perfect, if they are, the Jets may just shock this team

Special teams: There will not be a lot of chances for the Jets to score. They need to take advantage with the extra man, and need to stay out of the box themselves.

Starting Goalies

Ondrej Pavelec (14-19-4) GAA: 3.02 SV% .899
Jonas Hiller (23-5-4) GAA: 2.37 SV% .914

Injuries

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

Sbisa ANH, (torn tendon) out
Fasth ANH, (lower body) out
Souray ANH, (torn wrist ligament) out

Last 10 (W-L-OTL)

Jets: 5-5-0
Ducks: 9-1-0

Prediction

Ducks are to much for young Jets
Ducks 5 Jets 2

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