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Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs Pittsburgh Penguins

The Jets return home to face the Crosby, Malkin, Kessel and some other guys.

Winnipeg Jets v Pittsburgh Penguins Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

Where to watch/listen

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

After a .500 road trip, the Winnipeg Jets return home to face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

While the Jets were kind of meh, Patrik Laine was dominant throughout the trip earning NHL first star of the week honours, scoring 11 goals in four games, including the NHL’s first five-goal game in more than seven years.

In the last three years, the Jets are 2-2-2 against the Penguins.

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

Pittsburgh Penguins Coverage: PensBurgh

Last Jets Game:

Winnipeg Jets 8-4 St. Louis Blues

Laurent Brossoit had a shaky night, allowing four goals. But with a historic night from Patrik Laine, it didn’t matter.

Last Penguins Game:

Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 Columbus Blue Jackets

Jake Guentzel scored a hat trick in this one, as playing with Crosby paid off.

Players to watch:

Winnipeg Jets

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

Patrik Laine needs five goals in two games to equal the all-time record for goals in a month, set at 20 by Teemu Selanne and Joe Malone, two of the most prolific goal scorers in NHL history. The odds aren’t in his favour, but don’t tell the kid that.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins v Toronto Maple Leafs

Evgeni Malkin may not be the most underrated player in the league, but he’s in the top one. With seven points in his last five games, and 30 in 22 games this season, Malkin continues to contribute at more than a point per game, despite turning 32 this past summer. His 1.19 career points per game is 13th all-time, but because he’s on a team with Sidney Crosby, who sits at 1.29, he doesn’t get the praise he deserves. Now please enjoy this video of Blake Wheeler beating him up.