Time: 8:00 PM CST
Channel: TSN3, ALT
When these teams met for the first time this year, it was the Avs that came away with a 3-2 victory in overtime in front of their home fans, despite Winnipeg out-shooting them 33-26. Recently named NHL 1st Star of the Week Connor Hellebuyck was in net for the Jets in that contest, while Semyon Varlamov stood opposite him for Colorado. Both goalies will get the nod again tonight, with both teams looking to extend winning streaks.
Winnipeg are winners of their last three games, defeating the Oilers then the Islanders before beating Edmonton again on New Year’s Eve. Winnipeg continues to be without Mark Scheifele and Toby Enstrom for the next while, but Dustin Byfuglien returns to action tonight after missing 10 games. Despite the absence of their top-line centre, the Jets put up strong offensive numbers with captain Blake Wheeler centering the new look top line between youngsters Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor.
Connor Hellebuyck has regained his dominant early season form (if not better), and Adam Lowry has eight points in the last 10 games to lead all Jets (Kyle Connor has six in his last four).
In the last ten games, fifteen different Jets have scored.
Colorado have won two-in-a-row, and while they remain in the basement of the Central, the dominant play of Nathan MacKinnon and the third best penalty kill in the league can give them reason to smile as well.
This will be the second of four meetings between the two teams this season, with the final two taking place in Winnipeg. The Jets are 7-3-1 against Central Division opponents, while Colorado is 4-5-1. Colorado is 12-7-1 at home, while Winnipeg is 9-8-5 on the road.
Will Colorado out-Nordique the Jets?
Will Winnipeg continue to assert itself over Central Division teams?
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Winnipeg Jets: 23-11-6
Goals: Patrik Laine (18)
Assists: Blake Wheeler (34)
Points: Wheeler (45)
Goalie Stat Leaders:
Wins: Connor Hellebuyck (21)
Goals Against Average: Hellebuyck (2.37)
Save Percentage: Hellebuyck (.923)
Minutes: Hellebuyck (1,850)
Special Teams: PP 24.1% (4th), PK 80.7% (19th)
Colorado Avalanche: 19-16-3
Goals: Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog (16)
Assists: MacKinnon (30)
Points: MacKinnon (46)
Goalie Stat Leaders:
Wins: Semyon Varlamov (13)
Goals Against Average: Varlamov (2.94)
Save Percentage: Varlamov (.909)
Minutes: Rinne (1,471)
Special Teams: PP 19.9% (13th), PK 84.1% (3rd)
81 Kyle Connor/ 26 Blake Wheeler / 29 Patrik Laine
85 Mathieu Perreault/ 18 Bryan Little/ 27 Nikolaj Ehlers
9 Andrew Copp/ 17 Adam Lowry/ 40 Joel Armia
16 Shawn Matthias/ 15 Matt Hendricks/ 56 Marko Dano
44 Josh Morrissey/ 8 Jacob Trouba
7 Ben Chiarot/ 33 Dustin Byfuglien
5 Dmitry Kulikov/ 57 Tyler Myers
37 Connor Hellebuyck
Riding the pine: 35 Steve Mason
Scratched: 52 Jack Roslovic , 71 Julian Melchiori, 3 Tucker Poolman
Injured: 39 Toby Enstrom (lower body, ETA Late January) , 55 Mark Scheifele (upper body, 6-8 weeks), 13 Brandon Tanev (lower body, 1-2 weeks)
92 Gabriel Landeskog -- 29 Nathan MacKinnon -- 96 Mikko Rantanen
24 A.J. Greer -- 13 Alexander Kerfoot -- 64 Nail Yakupov
83 Matthew Nieto -- 34 Carl Soderberg -- 14 Blake Comeau
22 Colin Wilson -- 17 Tyson Jost -- 57 Gabriel Bourque
16 Nikita Zadorov -- 6 Erik Johnson
12 Patrik Nemeth -- 44 Mark Barberio
49 Samuel Girard -- 54 Anton Lindholm
1 Semyon Varlamov
Riding the pine: 45 Jonathan Bernier
Scratched: 94 Andrei Mironov
Injured: 10 Sven Andrighetto (leg, day-to-day), 37 J.T. Compher (upper body, ETA mid-January), 4 Tyson Barrie (broken hand, ETA early February), 91 Vladislav Kamenev (broken forearm, no timetable for return)