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Preview & GDT: Winnipeg Jets at Chicago Blackhawks

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The Jets and Blackhawks meet for the second of five times this season, with this contest going down at the United Center.

Winnipeg Jets v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Time: 7:30 PM CST

Channel: TSN3, NBCSCH

Radio: TSN1290

The Winnipeg Jets (26-11-7) will be looking for a better showing the second time around as they face the Chicago Blackhawks (21-16-6) for the second time this season tonight in Chi-Town.

The Hawks beat the Jets by a 5-1 scoreline when they first met back on December 14, in a rare poor performance from Connor Hellebuyck and Co. this season.

The Jets are currently on a four game road trip that takes pace over 12 nights and features a week off. The team is riding a three game win streak, including a 7-4 win on Tuesday night in Buffalo to kick off the trip. Five of the Jets’ next six games are on the road, before a 10 GAME HOME-STAND! TEN GAMES! IN A ROW!

Chicago lost to the Minnesota Wild by a 2-1 margin on Wednesday, in one of those Central vs Central games that you know somebody has to get two points so you just hope it doesn’t go to overtime, which it didn’t. Chicago is 4-5-1 in their last 10, compared to Winnipeg’s 7-1-2.

Corey Crawford, who performed admirably for Chicago the last time these teams met, is on the injured reserve and has been since late December. This means one of Anton Forsberg or (the future winner of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy) Jeff Glass will be in net tonight.

Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler and Connor Hellebuyck were recently named to the NHL Central Division All-Star team. Patrick Kane is Chicago’s lone representative.

Chicago was recently involved in a trade that sees Anthony Duclair make his Blackhawks debut tonight.

Winnipeg plays again tomorrow night in Minnesota.

Will the Blackhawks fly higher than the Jets?

Will Winnipeg be Eliot Ness to Chicago’s Al Capone?

Tune in this evening! Same Jets time (7:30 PM CST), Same Jets channel (TSN 3)!

Winnipeg Jets: 26-11-7

Stat Leaders:

Goals: Patrik Laine, Nikolaj Ehlers (19)

Assists: Blake Wheeler (38)

Points: Wheeler (52)

Goalie Stat Leaders:

Wins: Connor Hellebuyck (23)

Goals Against Average: Hellebuyck (2.36)

Save Percentage: Hellebuyck (.923)

Minutes: Hellebuyck (2,034)

Special Teams: PP 25.6% (2nd), PK 81.2% (16th)

Chicago Blackhawks: 21-16-6

Stat Leaders:

Goals: Patrick Kane (18)

Assists: Kane (27)

Points: Kane (45)

Goalie Stat Leaders:

Wins: Corey Crawford (16)

Goals Against Average: Crawford (2.27)

Save Percentage: Crawford (.929)

Minutes: Crawford (1,584)

Special Teams: PP 16.0% (25th), PK 82.5% (10th)

Winnipeg Jets

FORWARDS

81 Kyle Connor/ 26 Blake Wheeler/ 29 Patrik Laine

27 Nikolaj Ehlers/ 18 Bryan Little/ 85 Mathieu Perreault

16 Shawn Matthias/ 9 Andrew Copp/ 40 Joel Armia

52 Jack Roslovic/ 15 Matt Hendricks/ 56 Marko Dano

DEFENCE

44 Josh Morrissey/ 8 Jacob Trouba

5 Dmitry Kulikov/ 57 Tyler Myers

39 Toby Enstrom/ 33 Dustin Byfuglien

STARTING GOALIE

37 Connor Hellebuyck

Riding the pine: 34 Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: 7 Ben Chiarot, 48 Brendan Lemieux, 35 Steve Mason

Injured: 55 Mark Scheifele (ETA Mid-late February, upper body), 13 Brandon Tanev (Resumed skating, lower body), 17 Adam Lowry (Missing his third game, upper body)

Chicago Blackhawks

FORWARDS

20 Brandon Saad -- 19 Jonathan Toews -- 48 Vinnie Hinostroza

38 Ryan Hartman -- 8 Nick Schmaltz -- 88 Patrick Kane

91 Anthony Duclair -- 64 David Kampf -- 12 Alex DeBrincat

10 Patrick Sharp -- 57 Tommy Wingels -- 17 Lance Bouma

DEFENCE

2 Duncan Keith -- 82 Jordan Oesterle

42 Gustav Forsling -- 44 Jan Rutta

5 Connor Murphy -- 7 Brent Seabrook

STARTING GOALIE: 30 Jeff Glass

Riding the pine: 31 Anton Forsberg

Scratched: 6 Michal Kempny, 56 Erik Gustafsson, 13 Tomas Jurco,

Injured: Michal Rozsival (LTIR, concussion), 44 Jan Rutta (upper body), 50 Corey Crawford, 15 Artem Anisimov (End of January, upper body)