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Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs Colorado Avalanche

Game two of a three game home stand against the struggling Colorado Avalanche 

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

What started out as a promising season for the Colorado Avalanche has deteriorated into a free fall as they are riding an eight game losing streak, with their last win coming January 16. Nathan MacKinnonMikko RantanenGabriel Landeskog are one of the best lines in the NHL. The rest of the team has not quite met expectations. The team is drifting further from the playoffs and closer to thinking about draft picks.

The Jets had a one goal win against the New York Rangers Tuesday night. The game was a little more dramatic of a victory than they would have liked. Based on Paul Maurice’s comments on Wednesday, it looks like Nikolaj Ehlers may not be returning as quickly as hoped, possibly not until the end of February. Dmitry Kulikov may be back Thursday night. Mark Scheifele once again demonstrated that he is our best player. And, the Jets fourth line continues to play so well that the decision on which Jet goes up to the press box once the team is back at full health is now very, very difficult.

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Team Comparison

Winnipeg Jets Colorado Avalanche
Winnipeg Jets Colorado Avalanche
Record: 36 18 3 Record: 22 23 11
Last Ten Games: 5 4 1 Last Ten Games: 1 6 3
Who Is Hot: Mark Scheifele. Scored two last game bringing him up to 30 this season. Who Is Hot: The Avalanche top line is truly elite
Who is Not: Patrik Laine. No goals, but very little of anything else from him. An assist, some hits, good defensive plays � We will take anything at this point. Who Is Not: The second, third and fourth lines
Keep an Eye On: Laurent Brossoit might get the start after a subpar last outing against Ottawa Keep an Eye On: The Avalanche might decide to become sellers at the trade deadline.