The Winnipeg Jets may have dropped to 2-4-0 with Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars, but they arguably played their best game of the season while doing so. Tonight they'll have chance to avenge their defeat while hopefully continuing the same level of improved play.
"I thought we worked our tails off,I thought we were hard forechecking,hard driving. We just play that game for 82,we take it all day long."— Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) October 26, 2016
With Drew Stafford injured and possibly out until next week, Kyle Connor appears set to step into the top-six. Before folks scream bloody murder over Joel Armia's top-six promotion or lack thereof, keeping the third-line trio together isn't completely incomprehensible. We may fantasize over what Nikolaj Ehlers and Mathieu Perreault would do with Armia's feeds as opposed to Shawn Matthias and Adam Lowry, but the line as a whole had a successful night on Tuesday. Should they continue to tilt the ice in the right direction, having MLA together may help provide balance to a lineup sorely needing it. The potential of Perreault and Ehlers kickstarting Connor's game is an added bonus.
The goalie rotation continues for Winnipeg, as Connor Hellebuyck seems due to appear between the pipes. While Michael Hutchinson was okay on Tuesday, he wasn't so show-stopping as to force head coach Paul Maurice's hand, not to mention a certain Tyler Seguin snipe.
As for Dallas, the injury-inspired lines continue to be a thing, though in the exact same alignment as they were on Tuesday. Perhaps of greatest note are the d-corps going untouched and a second straight appearance by Antti Niemi.
Esa Lindell and Jordie Benn remain in the lineup despite being buried at 5v5 (though in fairness, only the top-pairing of John Klingberg and Patrik Nemeth fared decently in this respect). With Stephen Johns and Jamie Oleksiak waiting in the press box, those in the lineup not named Klingberg, Johnny Oduya or Dan Hamhuis need to keep doing whatever makes Stars head coach Lindy Ruff happy.
Niemi posted a strong game against the Jets a couple nights ago, stopping 28 of 30 shots for a .933 Sv%. Similar to Winnipeg, there is no definitive starter in Dallas; the net belongs to whoever can take the ball and run with it for a game or three. If Niemi struggles tonight, it wouldn't be surprising at all to see fellow Finn Kari Lehtonen in the net on Saturday vs. Minnesota.
"We lost the first one to them, we can't afford to lose that next one."— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) October 26, 2016
Perreault on tomorrow night's rematch with the Dallas Stars. pic.twitter.com/6MIgeccA8C
When, Where & How
Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:00 p.m. CT, MTS Centre
TV: FS-SW, TSN3
Radio: TSN 1290, Sportsradio 1310 AM, 96.7 FM The Ticket
|Left Wing||Centre||Right Wing|
|Patrik Laine||Mark Scheifele||Blake Wheeler|
|Nikolaj Ehlers||Mathieu Perreault||Kyle Connor|
|Shawn Matthias||Adam Lowry||Joel Armia|
|Brandon Tanev||Alexander Burmistrov||Chris Thorburn|
|Josh Morrissey||Dustin Byfuglien|
|Tobias Enstrom||Tyler Myers|
|Mark Stuart||Ben Chiarot|
|Left Wing||Centre||Right Wing|
||Tyler Seguin||Lauri Korpikoski|
|Jamie Benn||Radek Faksa||Patrick Eaves|
|Curtis McKenzie||Devin Shore||Brett Ritchie|
|Gemel Smith||Justin Dowling||Adam Cracknell|
|Patrik Nemeth||John Klingberg|
|Dan Hamhuis||Esa Lindell|
|Johnny Oduya||Jordie Benn|