Winnipeg Jets (26-24-6) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (30-19-5)
TV: ROOT, NHLN-US, CBC
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
The Jets suck. We're not sure why people thought that simply moving the team from Atlanta to Winnipeg would make them competitive. They're currently 10th in the east.
EDIT: It's Hockey Day in Canada. Featuring Edmonton/Ottawa, Montreal/Toronto, Vancouver/Calgary and Winnipeg/Pittsburgh… (?)
Jordan Staal is back.
Season Series: 1-1-0
Last Meeting That Counted: December 23, 2011. Penguins won 4-1.
What we said in our recap:
Got news for you. It's December 24th.
Know Your Enemy: Jets Nation
What they're saying:
The fact that the Jets had only three players with more than 10 goals before their win in Tampa Bay last Thursday speaks to the dire and immediate need for offense. Ondrej Pavelec and Chris Mason have been the reasons the Jets are still over .500 and hunting for a playoff spot. For the trade deadline, of course, all Jets fans want the team to make a move for a goal scorer, but at what cost?
Patience is a necessity for the young Jets and though the wishlist is short, it may take an even longer time before Winnipeg gets another Teemu Selanne, who can put the puck in the net night in and night out.
For the record, this team never had Teemu Selanne. The team that drafted him is now in Phoenix. This team did have Ilya Kovalchuk, Dany Heatley, Marian Hossa and Marc Savard. They sure managed those players well…
Favorite Jets-Related Image, Photoshop, Video or Gif:
Zombie Thrashers Forever.
Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Empty Netters:
Chris Kunitz – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Matt Cooke – Jordan Staal – Pascal Dupuis
Steve Sullivan – Cal O'Reilly – Dustin Jeffrey
Craig Adams – Joe Vitale – Richard Park
Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen – Deryk Engelland/Ben Lovejoy
These were the Pens' defensive pairings in their last game against the Jets in December: Michalek-Orpik, Niskanen-Picard, Lovejoy-Despres. Michalek returned that night, otherwise Strait would have been in the line-up.
Winnipeg Jets lines from Empty Netters:
Andrew Ladd – Bryan Little – Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane – Nik Antropov – Eric Fehr
Tanner Glass – Jim Slater – Chris Thorburn
Alexander Burmistrov – Aaron Gagnon – Antti Miettinen
Tobias Enstrom – Dustin Byfuglien
Ron Hainsey – Zach Bogosian
Mark Stuart – Johnny Oduya