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Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs Chicago Blackhawks

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The Jets try to earn a split in their two game home stand against the Blackhawks

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Winnipeg Jets Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After a disappointing loss at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Winnipeg Jets look to get back in the win column against the struggling Chicago Blackhawks. On the plus side for the Jets, The Hawks last game was an 8 – 3 blow out loss Tuesday night against the Vegas Golden Knights at home. Or perhaps that loss may motivate them more against the Jets. It’s been an eventful year for the Blackhawks starting with the November 6 firing of head coach Joel Quenneville who had been with them since 2008, including three Stanley Cup wins. He’s been replaced by Jeremy Colliton. Word is Quenneville won’t be out of work long if he so chooses.

The Blackhawks also made the biggest trade of the season so far sending Nick Schmaltz to the Arizona Coyotes in return for Dylan Strome (who scored in his Blackhawks debut) and Brendan Perlini. Early grades from most experts see that trade as pretty even, with the Blackhawks hoping that Strome can develop into a true second line center, with Perlini being the bonus solid bottom six addition.

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How they stack up

Winnipeg Jets Chicago Blackhawks
Winnipeg Jets Chicago Blackhawks
Record: 13-8-2 Record: 9-11-5
Last 10: 5-4-1 Last 10: 3-5-2
Who's Hot: Patrik Laine Who's Hot: Patrick Kane - still doing it
Who's Not: Connor Hellebuyck Who's Not: Brandon Saad - has only 13 points on the year, but, 8 in his last 10. So maybe he's heating up.
Keep an Eye On: Goaltending - rebound game for Hellebuyck? Will we see Laurent Broissoit? Keep an Eye On: The new players - Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini