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Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs Tampa Bay Lightning

NHL: NOV 16 Jets at Lightning Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Time: 6:00 PM CST

Channel: TSN3

Radio: TSN1290

The Winnipeg Jets are playing one of the top teams in the NHL lately in the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. The Lightning started off slow, but have really picked up their play the last couple of months and that is bad news for the Jets. They are now going to be playing a team that is rolling and ready for anything instead of a team that was ripe for the picking earlier in the season.

Although they are not as good as they were last year, the Lightning are still a very good team with insane forward depth and strong defence. Their best defender is Victor Hedman who was at one point seen as a disappointment in the NHL. Never, ever doubt a Swede though. The Jets will also have to contend with goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. Vasilevskiy’s reputation probably outweighs his results, but he is still a solid NHL goalie who gets stuff done.

Expect the Jets to make no changes to their lineup again including their goaltending. The only break I can see for Connor Hellebuyck in the next few games is next week is the Jets Mom’s Trip and it is probable that Paul Maurice will play Laurent Brossoit in one of those three games even if he is rarely sentimental.

Prediction

Something dumb, yet amazing happens this game.