Time: 8:30 PM CST
Channel: TSN3, ALT
The Winnipeg Jets (15-6-3) visit the Mile High City, as they take on the Colorado Avalanche (11-9-2) tonight in Denver.
After a slow start at home against the Wild on Monday night, the Jets blasted Minnesota apart to the tune of seven straight goals, winning 7-2 with each goal scored by a different Jet. It was a strong showing after being held off the scoresheet for the first time this season in a weekend loss to San Jose.
The Avalanche have gone 4-4-2 in their last 10 games, with their most recent game a 3-2 loss to the Flames on Saturday. Team captain Gabriel Landeskog was suspended four games following that game for a cross-check to Matthew Tkachuk.
With the captain out, the Avs will have to lean heavily on the play of Nathan MacKinnon. The second best player from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia has 16 points in his last 10 games and has rocketed up the NHL points leaderboard to sit at 26 on the year, which puts him tied for 16th in the league.
The Avalanche have not benefited from good goaltending this year, with Seymon Varlamov and Jonathan Bernier combining for a .902 save percentage, while Connor Hellebuyck and the injured Steve Mason have combined for a .921 save percentage. Hellebuyck and Varlamov get the nods in goal tonight.
This will be the first of four meetings between the two clubs this season.
Will the Avalanche sweep the Jets aside?
Will the Jets fly high in the Mile High City?
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Winnipeg Jets: 15-6-3
Goals: Mark Scheifele (12)
Assists: Blake Wheeler (22)
Points: Schiefele, Wheeler (28)
Goalie Stat Leaders:
Wins: Connor Hellebuyck (13)
Goals Against Average: Hellebuyck (2.31)
Save Percentage: Hellebuyck (.927)
Minutes: Hellebuyck (1,005)
Special Teams: PP 24.7% (4th), PK 78.6% (21st)
Colorado Avalanche: 11-9-2
Goals: Gabriel Landeskog (9)
Assists: Nathan MacKinnon (19)
Points: MacKinnon (26)
Goalie Stat Leaders:
Wins: Semyon Varlamov (7)
Goals Against Average: Bernier (2.99)
Save Percentage: Varlamov (.903)
Minutes: Varlamov (724)
Special Teams: PP 18.7% (18th), PK 76.2% (27th)
81 Kyle Connor/ 55 Mark Scheifele/26 Blake Wheeler
27 Nikolaj Ehlers/ 18 Bryan Little/ 29 Patrik Laine
9 Andrew Copp/ 17 Adam Lowry/ 13 Brandon Tanev
85 Mathieu Perreault/ 15 Matt Hendricks/ 40 Joel Armia
44 Josh Morrissey/ 8 Jacob Trouba
7 Ben Chiarot/ 33 Dustin Byfuglien
5 Dmitry Kulikov/ 57 Tyler Myers
37 Connor Hellebuyck
10 Sven Andrighetto -- 29 Nathan MacKinnon -- 96 Mikko Rantanen
17 Tyson Jost -- 13 Alexander Kerfoot -- 37 J.T. Compher
83 Matthew Nieto -- Carl Soderberg -- Blake Comeau
57 Gabriel Bourque -- 47 Dominic Toninato -- 64 Nail Yakupov
49 Samuel Girard -- 6 Erik Johnson
54 Anton Lindholm -- 4 Tyson Barrie
16 Nikita Zadorov -- 44 Mark Barberio
1 Semyon Varlamov