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Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs Buffalo Sabres

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NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Winnipeg Jets Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Where to watch/listen

Broadcast Schedule
Broadcast Schedule
Time: 7:00 P.M. CDT
Radio: TSN1290, KFAN 100.3

The Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres meet on Friday night, as the Jets wrap up their homestand before heading out on the road for four games.

Buffalo and Winnipeg have similar records this season, and in their last five games, as Winnipeg sits at 23 points through 17 games, while Buffalo sits at 22 through 18, and both teams are 4-1-0 in recent competition.

With another helper on Tuesday, Blake Wheeler upped his assist total for the year to 21, which is more points than Buffalo’s leading point getter has (Jeff Skinner sits at 20 (13+7)).

Laurent Brossoit gets the start in net for the Jets tonight, and currently possesses a 3-0-0 record with a .957 save percentage and a 1.67 goals against average.

Josh Morrissey will be in the lineup, avoiding a suspension for a hit on T.J. Oshie. So Sami Niku will have to wait to make his season debut.

Tale of the Tape

Winnipeg Jets Stats San Jose Sharks
Winnipeg Jets Stats San Jose Sharks
1-0-0 Series 0-1-0
14-9-1 Record 13-11-1
29 Points 27
3rd Central Division 4th Pacific
5th West Conference 8th West
4-1-0 Last 5 4-1-0
68 Goals For 73
73 Goals Against 83
Regular Season
Nikolaj Ehlers (11) Goals Evander Kane (12)
Patrik Laine, Mark Scheifele (14) Assists Logan Couture (20)
Scheifele (22) Points Couture (25)
Connor Hellebuyck (11) Wins Martin Jones (10)
Hellebuyck (2.42) Goals Against Average Jones (3.18)
Hellebuyck (.928) Save Percentage Aaron Dell (.897)
15.5 (24th) Power Play % 19.5 (14th)
72.2 (29th) Penalty Kill % 91.4 (1st)

Enemy Territory

Buffalo Sabres Coverage: Die By The Blade

Last Jets Game:

Winnipeg Jets 3-1 Washington Capitals

The Jets knocked off the defending Stanley Cup champions, but may be without the services of Josh Morrissey as a result.

Last Sabres Game:

Buffalo Sabres 2-1 Tampa Bay Lightning

Despite being outshot 30-19, the Sabres took a victory from Tampa, and have won four of their last five games.

Players to watch:

Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Laurent Brossoit gets his first start since October 26, and his early season numbers have been very strong. While they can be expected to dip a bit, it will be interesting to see if the backup can continue to have good showings when spelling Connor Hellebuyck.

Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo Sabres v Anaheim Ducks Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Coming off of a 25 goal season, the recently turned 23-year-old Sam Reinhart sits at two goals on the year with 6.1% shooting accuracy and a career low 1.83 shots per game. Sooner or later, he’s bound to break out.