JETBLAST: WINNIPEG @ NEW YORK ISLANDERS

JETBLAST

Winnipeg Jets (3-5-0) at New York Islanders (6-2-0) 6:00 p.m., Nassau Coliseum, TV: TSN 3  Radio:TSN 1290

After closing out a 5 game road trip with a win, the Jets go back to the road, starting their trip with a match up in Long Island against the Islanders. Last season Winnipeg had some success earning 3 of a possible 4 points in their season series, but this Islanders team is a far different one than last years. Both teams look to build on a win, Winnipeg of course is coming off a 2-1 overtime win against the struggling Avs while the Islanders are looking to extend a 2 game winning streak, beating Dallas and Boston last week while putting up 10 goals. Jets and Islanders, Lets Go!

Islanders

The New York Islanders have been quite the surprise this season and are turning heads in the Metropolitan division, with a 6-2 start they deserve it. Many believed same old Islanders coming into the season but it appears the young talent on this team has matured. That combined with a couple trades early in the season to bolster the blue line and it appears at least one team in New York may be a contender. Though now surrounded by talent, the Islanders talk must always start around John Tavares. The 2009 first overall pick has been lighting it up again this season, already notching 11 points, good enough for a 3rd place tie in the league. Tavares is showing that he does belong among the leagues top scorers, and with the addition of guys like Brock Nelson, he has been surrounded by enough talent to help this team take the next step.

Jets

It is still not perfect for the Jets, but two points is two points and a 2-1 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche gave them that. Now Winnipeg needs to build on a win and string a few together. Though offense has still been hard to come by, Winnipeg has to be pleased with their effort in the last couple games managing a combined 69 shots. Though many will say quality over quantity, this is a positive for a team that has struggled to manage offense. The more pucks near the net the better chance for rebounds, deflections, and dirty goals. The other end of the rink looks to once again feature Ondrej Pavelec. Pavelec played well against the Avalanche, but the question with him for years now has been consistency. Instead of one good than one bad, the Jets need to know what they are getting day in and day out. On the injury front Evander Kane skated with his team Monday, though he wore a no contact jersey, Kane did travel with the team and hopes to play by the end of the road trip.

Keys to the Game

Powerplay: 3.6% seems like all that needs to be said right now. The Jets need far better.

Take Advantage: The Islanders have what looks to be a very scary team, the one question mark is in net with Jaro Halak. A sub .900 save percentage and over 3 GAA shows the Jets may be able to finally put some pucks in the net.

Control the Big guns: The Islanders have two players in the leagues top ten scorers. If those players can get some space they will put the puck in the net and the Jets will lose.

Starting Goalies

Ondrej Pavelec (3-4-0) GAA: 2.45 SV% .906
Jaroslav Halak (3-2-0) GAA: 3.38 SV% .893

Injuries

Kane, WPG, (Knee) out

Bailey, NYI, (Hand) out
Hamonic, NYI, (UBI) day-to-day
Carkner, NYI, (Back) out
Grabner, NYI, (LBI) out

Last 10 (W-L-OTL)

Jets: 3-5-0
Islanders: 6-2-0

Prediction

Jets and Isles shoot the lights out
Islanders 5 Jets 4

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