The top two teams in the Southeast division meet again Sunday afternoon, this time in Winnipeg, as the Carolina Hurricanes will visit the MTS Centre. In their last meeting Tuesday night the Jets surrendered the first goal, and were being worked over much of the first. However due to strong play by Ondrej Pavelec the Jets only trailed by 1 and ended up scoring the next 4 straight goals and earning a 4-1 win. The win put Winnipeg up 6 points in the Southeast, covering for the 3 games Carolina has in hand.
Carolina has now lost 6 straight and have watched their Southeast hopes dwindle, especially with the sudden surge of the Washington Capitals. After the loss to Winnipeg at home the Hurricanes went to Toronto where they blew a lead late in the third, giving up 4 unanswered goals for the second straight game. Carolina has looked lost as of late, their biggest problem coming in their own end. Without Cam Ward the goaltending has struggled behind a below average defensive corps. Carolina needs to turn it around, and quick if they still want to have a chance at post season hockey.
Winnipeg followed up a strong performance in Raleigh with a dissapointing outing in Pittsburgh. It seemed everyone counted the Jets out before the game against the Penguins even started, and after a strong first ten minutes or so the Jets were overwhelmed and had no answer for the dominant Pittsburgh Penguins. That game needs to be left in Pittsburgh however as with Carolinas loss in Toronto, no harm was done in the standings. The Jets need to come out and take this game from the struggling Canes, as that would at least put them in charge of their own destiny, making the games in hand irrelevant.
Stall the Staals’: Eric and Jordan are the Hurricanes best players, and if you can shut them down and keep them quiet you take a lot of wind out of the sails of this Canes team.
Pavvy: Ondrej Pavelec was given the night off in Pittsburgh so there is no reason for him not to come out sharp this afternoon. When Pavelec is the teams best player, the Jets win so that is what they will be looking for Saturday aftertoon.
Defense: The D struggled on Friday and gave the high powered Penguins to many chances. If not for relativly strong play from Al Montoya the score could have been much worse. Winnipeg needs to play strong defensivly while not giving up that strong back end contribution that makes this team so dangerous.
Ondrej Pavelec (15-14-2) GAA: 2.75 SV% .905
Justin Peters (2-4-0) GAA: 3.18 SV% .899
Redmond WPG, (Thigh Laceration) out
Peluso WPG, (Hand) out
Slater WPG, (Upper Body) out
Wright WPG, (Unknow) questionable
Hainsey WPG, (Upper Body) questionable
Ellis CAR, (Hand) questionable
Sanguinetti CAR, (Upper Body) questionable
Faulk CAR, (MCL) out
Ward CAR, (MCL) out
LaRose CAR, (Concussion) out
Jets: 6-4-0 Hurricanes: 2-7-1
Jets dominate on home ice
Jets 6 Hurricanes 2