Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 44: Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets (19-20-5) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (30-12-1)
Root Sports, TSN-Jets – 1:00 pm/et 
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

The Pittsburgh Penguins meet the Winnipeg Jets for the first time this season. Just be happy this game isn't taking place in Winnipeg.


Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (23G, 39A: 62P)
Jets: Bryan Little (14G, 19A: 33P)

Probable Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (23-10-1, 2.15 GAA, .921 Sv%)
Jets: Ondrej Pavelec (11-17-4, 3.06 GAA, .901 Sv%)

Last Games:

Penguins: Defeated New York Rangers 5-2.
Jets: Lost to Boston Bruins 4-1.

Official Previews from Team Websites: [Penguins] [Jets]

Opposition Blog: [Jets Nation]
What They're Saying: "The Drawing Board"

The Jets have 37 games to overcome a 6 point deficit to a team with three games in hand for a Wildcard playoff spot. They'll need to leap-frog two Division rivals to do it. And their opponent today? The Penguins are 18 points clear of the Jets in one fewer game and stand atop the Metropolitan Division. With a +38 goal differential, the Penguins stand alongside the Bruins as the best Eastern Conference team the Jets have faced.

Much more than the East/West split so often reported in the Jets' rate of success this season, quality of team has been the primary driver of wins and losses. The Jets are just 10-15-3 against 'Quality' teams, or teams that have more points than games played. Five of those ten wins were in the shootout, and another two in overtime. The Jets have managed just 3 regulation wins against teams with more points than games played.

In contrast, their record is 9-5-2 against teams on pace for 82 points or fewer. That includes zero shootout wins – all 9 were in regulation. In their final 37 contests, the Jets face 'Quality' teams 27 times. It might get ugly.

What Happened Last Time: March 28, 2013 – Pens won 4-0. [Our Recap]

There is a storm coming on every level imaginable. The hate. The pressure. The jealousy from other dog-shit fanbases. This game was a mere footnote. But it is the beginning.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Sidney Crosby, because he's really quite good.

Jets Player(s) to Watch: Andrew Ladd, because Ray Shero is watching.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: 

Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – James Neal
Jussi Jokinen – Brandon Sutter – Brian Gibbons
Taylor Pyatt – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams
Tanner Glass – Zach Sill – Deryk Engelland
Olli Maatta – Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik – Simon Despres
Robert Bortuzzo – Rob Scuderi
Marc-Andre Fleury

Winnipeg Jets lines from Daily Faceoff:

Andrew Ladd – Bryan Little – Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane – Mark Scheifele – Michael Frolik
Chris Thorburn – Olli Jokinen – Devin Setoguchi
Eric Tangradi – James Wright – Anthony Peluso

Dustin Byfuglien – Keaton Ellerby
Jacob Trouba – Tobias Enstrom
Mark Stuart – Zach Bogosian

Ondrej Pavelec

We totally forgot that Eric Tangradi exists until right now.