On this fine evening, the Winnipeg Jets play host to a fellow Canadian team in the Vancouver Canucks, making it the first time the Canucks have played the modern-day Jets at the MTS Centre.
Vancouver, partially thanks to this, have been on a bit of a slump lately. After allowing five unanswered goals in their previous game, the Canucks are looking to bounce back, but are running into another brick wall at the hands of the Jets.
Winnipeg are the victors of six of their last eight games, though their most previous game yielded a 4-3 loss to the Predators. The Jets have been playing some inspiring hockey as of late, specifically with the addition of new head coach Paul Maurice. But, the question this blog will attempt to answer is: will they win tonight?
Passcodes to Winning
Goaltending Again – I can’t stress enough the importance of our goaltending. Coaching staff has already seemed to make the first mistake of the night, giving Ondrej Pavelec another start, despite his last two games being shaky. This is over Al Montoya, a former first-round pick that never panned out into any more than a backup goalie. So, Pavelec has to be good.
Dustin Byfuglien – This man has been a defensive liability at times, so it looks as if they’ll keep him up as forward. If they do this, and he plays like he normally plays (which is like a forward), expect big things. This guy is a real game-breaker at times, especially when he plays forward.
I think this game will be a tight one, with both teams having an equal shot at winning this game. There are a lot of variables to a hockey game, so don’t read too much into this, but I am picking the Jets on this one with a few other predictions as to why this will happen.
- Final score: 4-3 Winnipeg
- Forward Mark Scheifele will score at least a point tonight. The guy has been one of the most consistent rookies this season, after his real sluggish start.
- Trouba will absolutely lay someone out, or try to, and miss.
- Zach Kassian of the Canucks will prove to everyone, once again, that he is a dirty player.
- Roberto Luongo, or @strombone1, will let in a really super weird goal (2.0) and tweet about it afterward.
- Again, Pavelec will let in a softy.
- Tom Sestito will score if he plays over seven minutes.
Post-game to follow.