Winnipeg Jets (18-14-2) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (26-8-0)
ROOT, TSN-JETS, 7:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
With all of the chaos and excitement that has taken place recently, it's easy to forget that there's also a hockey game on tonight.
No Iginla yet, but Malkin might be back.. Can the Pens hit 14-0 in March or will Eric Tangradi and the Zombie Thrashers get the win and send us all back to earth?
Season Series: 1-1-0
Last meeting that counted: February 15, 2013. Pens won 3-1.
What we said in our recap:
MAF had one of his best games of the season last night, and he found himself in a goaltending duel with Ondrej Pavelec. MAF cleaned up some messes his defensemen made and also cut down angles beautifully. The Jets missed the net at least half a dozen times on decent scoring chances, but you can't convince us MAF wouldn't have made those saves.
The Pens 4th line broke through with a huge goal that stood up for pretty much the entire game. They put the finishing touches on their best game of the season with Adams' money shot in the empty net.
Know Your Enemy: Jets Nation
What they're saying:
Time and time again over the last 11 games, Ondrej Pavelec has stepped up and kept the Jets in games they may have otherwise been blown out of. His glove hand seems to have become useful again, he is controlling rebounds or at least shutting down the extra opportunities, and he is making those simply spectacular saves he has become famous for. He has been steady, and other than the disgrace that was the back to back games against Washington, has given the Jets a chance to win every night. He has stopped 296 of 322 shots faced for a .919 Sv%, and in that time span the Jets have gone 7-3-1. Now those numbers may not be Vezina worthy, but expanded over the entire season would have placed him tied for 13th in the league. Ahead of goalies like Carey Price, Marc-Andre Fleury, Pekka Rinne, James Reimer and Niklas Backstrom.
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:
Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Orpik – Martin
Winnipeg Jets Lines:
Ladd – Little – Wheeler
Enstrom – Byfuglien
Lines via Daily Faceoff.