JETBLAST: WINNIPEG @ NEW YORK RANGERS

JETBLAST - New York Rangers
JETBLAST - Winnipeg Jets

JETBLAST

WINNIPEG (8-9-1) at New York (8-7-2)

6:00 p.m., Madison Square Garden

TV: TSN, RDS, MSG Radio: TSN 1290, NHL Rangers Radio

Winnipeg travels to the big apple Tuesday night to play the 5th and final game of the current road trip. This will be the first meeting between the teams this season, and both will be looking for big wins. Last season New York dominated the Jets, winning all 4 meetings and holding the Jets to only 3 goals including shutting them out twice. Winnipeg will look to change their fortunes in New York while the struggling Rangers will look to get back on track.

Rangers

The New York Rangers have not been the sane team this year as they were last. A season ago the Rangers were considered Stanley Cup contenders now they are struggling to get into a playoff position. Injuries have plagued this team all season, and continue to now with some of their top players missing games and playing in pain. Captain Ryan Callahan has had a very rough start to the season playing through multiple injuries he has only managed 5 points and is a -4 this year. This team has under performed all season and if it continues it is not long before there are some major changes in the big apple.

Jets

Winnipeg ends this road trip in New York looking to carry over some of the positives from New Jersey. Winnipeg has won 3 of 4 on this road trip and should feel happy thus far, however a loss in New York could really damper the spirits of this Jets team. Winnipeg however may have once again been bitten by the injury bug as Dustin Byfuglien looked to injure his left leg late in Sundays game. Antti Miettinen continued to have bad luck as just a few seconds into his season he blocked a shot below the belt and left the game, neither of the players’ status is certain for this game.

Keys to the Game

Power Play: Winnipeg finally got on the board in this category when Grant Clitsome wristed a shot past Johan Hedberg for their first power play goal in over 20 attempts. They also managed some chances and good shots and they must continue and build off that success.

King Henrik: Lunqvist remains one of the best goaltenders in the game today. Even with a revolving door of defense man playing in front of him he has managed to put up good numbers and if not for the Rangers lack of scoring would be winning a lot more than losing.

Take Advantage: New York is banged up and hurting, with 4 D men uncertain for the game against Winnipeg and a few forwards out as well the Rangers are ripe for the picking. Winnipeg needs to play fast hard, push the Rangers and force them to turn the puck over and take advantage.

Starting Goalies

Ondrej Pavelec (6-9-1) GAA: 2.98 SV% .898
Henrik Lundqvist (7-6-1) GAA: 2.29 SV% .918

Injuries

Miettenen WPG, (Lower body) questionable
Montoya WPG, (Lower Body) out
Enstrom WPG, (Shoulder) out
Redmond WPG, (Thigh Laceration) out
Byfuglien WPG, (Lower Body) questionable

McDonagh NYR, (Laceration) questionable
Del Zotto NYR, (Lower Body) questionable
Asham NYR, (Back Spasms) questionable
Powe NYR, (Concussion) out
Nash NYR, (Undisclosed) questionable
Sauer NYR, (PCS) out
Girardi NYR, (Undisclosed) questionable

Last 10 (W-L-OTL)

Jets: 5-5-0
Rangers: 5-3-2

Prediction

Winnipeg closes the road trip successfully
Jets 5 Rangers 1

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