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Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs Colorado Avalanche

The mountains are calling and the Jets will face the Avalanche

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Winnipeg Jets James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Valentine’s Day was not a sweetheart of a day for the Winnipeg Jets as they dropped a 4 – 1 game to the Colorado Avalanche at the Bell MTS Centre. They followed up that game with another surprising loss to the Ottawa Senators at home. The team now hits the road for three games leading up to the February 25 trade deadline. When the Jets return home next week, they may have a new player or two in the line-up; they may have to say goodbye to a player or two currently on the team; or, they may breathe a sigh of relief with the roster completely intact, and settle in for the remainder of the season and playoffs.

Colorado looked impressive against the Jets. Their next game was a shut out loss to the St. Louis Blues followed by a shut out victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. The Avalanche are no longer pushovers, and things got tougher for the Jets with the news that Dustin Byfuglien is injured and not on the current road trip.

We’re not in must win territory, but, we’re sure in wake up call territory for the Jets. Let’s hope the Jets can bond on the road, and get a couple of wins removed from the pressure of trying to maintain the NHL’s best home record.

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Team Comparison

Winnipeg Jets Colorado Avalanche
Winnipeg Jets Colorado Avalanche
Record: 36 19 4 Record: 24 24 11
Last Ten Games: 5 3 2 Last Ten Games: 2 5 3
Who Is Hot: Brandon Tanev does not care what the score is or who he is playing. He just plays hard. Who Is Hot: Gabriel Landeskog is one of my favourite players and continues to bring it every night.
Who is Not: The team. Looking to snap out of the worst stretch of the season. Who Is Not: The second, third and fourth lines played well against the Jets, but have struggled.
Keep an Eye On: Body language. Perhaps all of the trade talk is weighing on the team. They just do not look like they are having as much fun as they were earlier this season. Keep an Eye On: Hot goalie alert. Semyon Varlamov had a shutout against the Golden Knights.