The Winnipeg Jets, who have a record of 27-21-3 and currently sit in third place in the Scotia North Division, will be visiting the Calgary Flames tonight. The Flames are currently in fifth place in the Scotia North Division and have a record of 22-25-3. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:30 pm CT.
Long story short, the Winnipeg Jets are eager to end their seven-game losing streak coming into tonight’s tilt versus the hapless Flames.
Converting on 24% of power-play chances and earning a total of 36 power-play goals, the Winnipeg Jets special teams deserve to be credited regardless of the losing streak the Jets currently find themselves on.
Calgary’s special teams have allowed 30 power-play goals and have managed to kill 80.4% of their opponent’s opportunities.
These two teams last played each other Monday, March 29th, when the Winnipeg Jets prevailed in a huge 5-1 victory. Alternate Captain Mark Scheifele earned three points in that clash, which was a team-high for the game.
Scheifele has notched 36 assists and netted 19 goals for a very impressive total of 55 points for the season, in just 51 games played. Even though my LZ Sports Show co-host Mark Adam’s favourite former Halifax Moosehead, Nikolaj Ehlers, is out for the remainder of the regular season, he did manage to score four goals over the last 10 games for the Winnipeg Jets, which is tied with Scheifele and Connor for the most in that span.
Leading the Calgary Flames with 18 goals and with a total of 39 points, Johnny Gaudreau hopes to have a solid game against the visiting Jets. In these past 10 games for the Flames, Elias Lindholm has earned eight goals and two assists.
Going an unimpressive 2-8-0 in their last ten matchups, the Winnipeg Jets would most likely agree that a slump this late in the season is unacceptable from a team who came out at the beginning of the year touted for a deep playoff run, and potentially a repeat Vezina Trophy winner in Connor Hellebuyck. The Jets averaged 3.7 penalties, 8.7 penalty minutes, 3.1 assists, and 2 goals in these past ten games.
The Flames, in their last ten games, have gone 6-4-0. They gave up 1.7 goals per game, scoring an average of 2.9 goals per game. Their save percentage of .930 was no accident.
Players you can guarantee to not see suit up tonight will be Nikolaj Ehlers for the Winnipeg Jets who is out with an “upper-body injury” while for the Calgary Flames, Noah Hanifin is out for the season with a shoulder injury.
In an exciting reveal, Ville Heinola will slide into the lineup, partnered with Dylan DeMelo. Fans have been asking to see him back on the ice for quite some time, and it looks like tonight is the night.
GO JETS GO!