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Game one of the second half of the NHL season for the Winnipeg Jets with a home game against the struggling Colorado Avalanche

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Winnipeg Jets Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 7:00 PM CST

TV: TSN 3

Radio: TSN 1290

Introduction:

The second half of the season starts tonight for the Jets against the Colorado Avalanche. There are not really any must win games at this point in the season, however, the start of the second half of the season means that contending teams need to start thinking about playoff seeding. Teams like the Jets need to win home games against inferior opponents, like tonight.

The Avalanche have one of the best lines in the NHL with Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog. Scoring outside of that line has been difficult for the Avalanche this season. The Jets also have a top-heavy scoring line with Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and whomever is playing left wing, presently Kyle Connor, with Nikolaj Ehlers out with an upper body injury. This would be a great game for Patrick Laine to wake up from his scoring hibernation that started in December; Bryan Little to step up his offensive game to resemble that of a second line center; and Jack Rosolovic to show some of the offensive promise we’ve seen in glimpses.

Random Prediction:

Over/Under on Marko Dano mentions in the comments section of this article – three. I will take the over.

Winnipeg Jets Line Up:

Forwards

Kyle Connor - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler

Patrik Laine - Bryan Little - Jack Roslovic

Mathieu Perreault - Adam Lowry - Brandon Tanev

Brendan Lemieux - Andrew Copp - Mason Appleton

Defence

Josh Morrissey - Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot - Tyler Myers

Joe Morrow - Dmitry Kulikov

Goalies

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Injuries

F Nikolaj Ehlers, D Dustin Byfuglien

Colorado Avalanche Line Up:

Forwards

Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen

Tyson Jost - Alexander Kerfoot - JT Compher

Matthew Nieto - Carl Soderberg - Matt Calvert

Gabriel Bourque - Sheldon Dries - Logan O’Connor

Defence

Samuel Girard - Erik Johnson

Ian Cole - Tyson Barrie

Ryan Graves - Patrik Nemeth

Goalies

Philipp Grubauer

Pavel Francouz

Injuries:

G Semyon Varlamov, F Colin Wilson, F Vladislav Kamenev, D Nikita Zadorov, D Mark Barberio