Where: Bell MTS Place
When: Friday, January 17, 2020, 8:00 pm ET
We have a non-conference matchup to consider for Friday night when the Tampa Bay Lightning meet the Winnipeg Jets for game two of their two-game season series. Tampa Bay lost game one of this series and is coming off a Thursday night loss to the Minnesota Wild. Winnipeg won game one of this series and is coming off a home shutout victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
Bolts Lose to MinnesotaTampa Bay has won three of its last five games and Friday marks the game two of a six-game road trip. The Lightning is 13-8-2 this season away from Tampa Bay and if the regular season were to end today the Lightning would be the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Lightning power-play unit is second in the NHL with a 27.4 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is fifth in the National Hockey League with an 83.1 percent penalty kill rate this season.
Andrei Vasilevskiy is scheduled to man the crease on Friday night and he has a 23-9-2 record with a 2.58 GAA and 91 percent save percentage. Vasilevskiy stopped 38 of 41 shots faced in a 4-3 shootout home victory over the Los Angeles Kings for his ninth consecutive victory in as many starts.
Dahlstrom Out Six WeeksWinnipeg has won three of its last five games and if the regular season were to end today, the Wild would miss the playoffs by one point. Friday marks the end of a three-game homestand and the Jets boasts a home record of 11-10-2 this season. Defenseman Carl Dahlstrom broke his hand Tuesday night and will miss six weeks. A victory tonight gives Winnipeg a season series victory and a good start to a three-game road trip.
🎥 Head Coach Paul Maurice on Carl Dahlstrom, Dmitry Kulikov, and much more. pic.twitter.com/0kAUdfgNm8— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) January 16, 2020
The Jets power-play unit is tenth in the NHL with a 21.7 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is twenty-ninth in the National Hockey League with a 74.7 percent penalty kill rate this season.
Connor Hellebuyck will likely start between the pipes for Winnipeg and he is 21-13-4 this season with a 2.57 GAA and 92 percent save percentage. Hellebuyck stopped all 41 shots on goal in a 4-0 home win for his fourth shutout of the season.
The top supporting trends for this game found on Covers.com, are:
- Lightning is 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Lightning is 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
- Lightning is 44-12 in their last 56 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Jets are 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win.
- Jets are 1-6 in their last 7 home games.
- Jets are 0-5 in their last 5 games as a home underdog.