Time: 7:00 pm CST
Radio: CJOB680/Power 97
The Winnipeg Jets will be looking to get back to winning ways (8-1-1 in last 10) when they host the New York Islanders on Tuesday evening. There are still a lot of unknowns for the Jets this evening, as Mark Scheifele & Nikolaj Ehlers weren’t at yesterday’s practice. On a more positive note, Kyle Connor & David Gustafsson shed their non-contact uniforms and are inching closer to a return to the starting lineup.
Winnipeg is coming off their shutout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers and hope to re-find their goal scoring prowess against the struggling Islanders. Our squad will need to come out with a much higher energy level despite that fact, as the Isles are desperate for wins in their pursuit of a wild-card spot.
The New York Islanders dropped a 5-0 decision to the Minnesota Wild yesterday, so for the second straight game the Jets will be taking on teams in back-to-back situations. That really didn’t help Winnipeg against the Flyers and the Isles will also be hoping to leave the Peg with 2 points. Tonight’s visitors have been playing some decent/good NHL teams lately (MIN, NSH, TOR, VAN, & VEG) and have a 1-4-0 record in those matches (9 goals for/21 goals against).
The goaltending should be up to the task at the Canada Life Centre, as all the masked men are having strong seasons.
WPG: Connor Hellebuyck .924% & Laurent Brossoit .923%
NYI: Ilya Sorokin .909% & Semyon Varlamov .918%
I would expect Winnipeg’s starter to be in the crease tonight, as Hellebucyk is well rested. Sorokin has been in the net for 11 straight match ups, so not sure he’ll dress on back-to-backs (but Varlamov has been dealing with injuries).
Here are how the Jets and Islanders match up statistically this season: