JETBLAST: WINNIPEG @ NEW JERSEY

JETBLAST

Winnipeg Jets (4-5-0) at New Jersey Devils (4-3-2) 6:00 p.m., Prudential Center, TV: TSN 3  Radio:TSN 1290

The Winnipeg Jets continue a 4 game road trip Thursday evening when they square up against the New Jersey Devils in Newark, New Jersey. These two teams are coming into this game in very different moods. The Jets come in off a huge 4-3 win over the New York Islanders, one of the NHLs hottest teams, and got their first 2 game winning streak of the year. The Devils appeared to be on the way to a similar thrilling victory, up 3-1 over the Penguins Tuesday night. That was until the Pens notched 7 straight goals and walked away with an easy 8-3 win. The Jets look to continue a season high winning streak while the Devils look to get back on track, Lets Go!

Devils

The New Jersey Devils and their fans are still working on getting used to life after Martin Brodeure. The winningest goaltender in history was not re-signed when his contract came up this season and instead the Devils went with the pairing of Cory Schneieder, a name that will be familiar to Manitoba hockey fans, and Scott Clemmensen. This pairing has given the Devils mixed results, but far more is expected, especially out of Cory Schneider.  New Jersey has been bitten by the injury bug early this season as their two big acquisitions who were expected to carry this team offensively are both out. Mike Cammalleri is just days away, recovering from a broken jaw, and may even be back for Thursdays game. Martin Havlat is also expected back before to long after suffering some serious facial lacerations. The Devils have lost 4 of their last 5 and hope to turn it around when the Jets visit.

Jets

At times it wasn’t pretty, and at other times it was down right scary to watch, but the Jets weathered a few storms on Long Island and came out with a 4-3 win. The game did not look good in the early moments as the Islanders scored in the first minutes and continued to mount the pressure all period. The Jets bent but avoided breaking, and hung on until they got a chance. That chance came in a 5 minute powerplay when Mark Stuart was boarded by Nick Kulemin. The Jets powerplay finally got it going scoring two goals, and keeping it even after that, holding on for the 4-3 win. The Jets will again be without defensemen Zach Bogosian, who will miss his second straight game. A boost is in store though as Evander Kane returns to play his first game since being injured in the teams season opener.

Keys to the Game

Play Smart: For years the Devils have survived by playing sound defensive hockey and jumping on opponents turn overs. If the Jets can avoid turnovers they should be able to win

Keep the Powerplay going: The Jets started their road schedule going 0/9 on the powerplay in 3 games. Finally in New York they were able to break the goose egg, getting two on a 5 minute powerplay and ending 2/4. The Jets can greatly help themselves and take a lot of pressure off themselves if they find the back of the net with the extra man.

Discipline: Give the Devils no extra chances to score. New Jersey is not the most dynamic offensive team, keep the play 5 on 5 and you take away some major chances.

Starting Goalies

Ondrej Pavelec (4-4-0) GAA: 2.52 SV% .901
Cory Schneider (4-3-2) GAA: 3.15 SV% .901

Injuries

Kane, WPG, (Knee) out
Bogosian, WPG, (Undisclosed) day-to-day
Peluso, WPG, (UBI) day-to-day

Havlat, NJ, (Facial Lacerations) out
Cammalleri, NJ, (Jaw) day-to-day
Tootoo, NJ, (Foot) out

Last 10 (W-L-OTL)

Jets: 4-5-0
Devils: 4-3-2

Prediction

Jets take their third straight, control Devils
Jets 4 Devils 2

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