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The Winnipeg Jets play their last game before the all star break at Nationwide Arena against the Columbus Blue Jackets

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Winnipeg Jets Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 6:30 CT

TV: Sportsnet

Radio: TSN 1290

Introduction:

The Jets are limping into the all star break, having dropped their last three games decisively. Last night, they lost 4 – 1 to the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, bringing them to 3-6-1 in their last 10 games, and currently sitting outside of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

It’s a good time for the Jets to have a break in the schedule. They’ve experienced a rash of injuries this season to a roster that was already talent deficient. This is also a great time for the Jets brain trust to contemplate their next moves heading into the trade deadline and the last quarter of the season. Will Chevy try to upgrade the teams’ talent level on defense? Or, will he stand pat, do nothing, essentially telling Jets fans to enjoy the semi-tank, and to start looking at mock draft boards?

I have some thoughts on those questions in an upcoming article. For now, the Blue Jackets, who are on fire! 8 – 2 in their last 10 games, winners of their last five. They are currently in a playoff spot in the Eastern conference, but there is really little margin for error with so many teams close to them in the standings. Like him or not, John Tortorella has his team playing well considering how much talent they lost this past season.

Go Jets!!!!!!!!!

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WINNIPEG JETS

Forwards

Kyle Connor - Mark Scheifele - Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers - Blake Wheeler - Kristian Vesalainen

Mathieu Perreault - Andrew Copp - Jack Roslovic

Nick Shore - Jansen Harkins - Mason Appleton

Defence

Josh Morrissey - Dmitry Kulikov

Luca Sbisa - Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto - Sami Niku

Goalies

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Injuries

F Mark Letestu, F Bryan Little, D Nathan Beaulieu, D Tucker Poolman, D Carl Dahlstrom, F Adam Lowry, D Dustin Byfuglien (suspended)

COLOMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Forwards

Nick Foligno - Pierre-Luc Dubois - Oliver Bjorkstrand

Gustav Nyquist - Alexander Wennberg - Cam Atkinson

Nathan Gerbe - Boone Jenner - Emil Bemstrom

Jakob Lilja - Riley Nash - Eric Robinson

Defence

Zach Werenski - Seth Jones

Vladislav Gavrikov - David Savard

Scott Harrington - Markus Nutivaara

Goalies

Elvis Merzlikins

Matiss Kivlenieks

Injuries

F Brandon Dubinsky, F Josh Anderson, C Alexandre Texier, D Ryan Murray, D Dean Kukan, G Joonas Korpisalo