Sunday evening on the NHL ice and a pair of teams from the Central Division will square off as the Winnipeg Jets grapple with the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. These teams have split the first two meetings this year. Winnipeg enters this game at 25-23 on the year while the Blackhawks are 20-26 so far.
The Jets Get Zapped By The LightingThe Winnipeg Jets have had an up-and-down season so far and right now, they are not playing all that well. They enter this game off a 7-1 home loss to the red-hot Lightning and have now lost three of their last four games and nine of their last 14. The Jets currently stand at 14 points out of first in the Central Division and three points out of the 8th spot in the Western Conference playoff standings. The Jets are a team that has plenty of offensive firepower on it but they have been below average in scoring and have averaged just 2.50 gpg over their last eight games and they have scored just five goals in their last three games. They will look to get their offense back on track in this one.
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Winnipeg fell behind Tampa Bay 3-0 at the end of the first period and they were never able to recover the rest of the way. Scoring their lone goal was Jack Roslovic, which was his 9th of the year. Taking the loss was Connor Hellebuyck, who allowed five goals on 12 shot attempts before being relived in favor of Laurent Brossoit, who allowed two goals on 14 shot attempts the rest of the way. Hellebuyck will be in the crease in this one and he is now 21-18 with a 2.67 GAA on the year while on the road he has gone 11-7 with a 2.62 GAA. In his career, he has gone 56-48 with a 2.69 GAA on the road and 23-18 with a 2.59 GAA during the month of January, plus 9-5 with a 2.44 GAA against the Blackhawks.
Chicago Is Making A RunThe Chicago Blackhawks have spent a lot of time in the basement of the Central Division but they have been playing better of late and have moved into 5th place in the Division. Chicago is still 16 points out of first but they are just five points out of the 8th spot in the Western Conference playoff standings. The Blackhawks enter this game having won their last four in a row and 10 of their last 14 and a big reason for their turnaround has been the play at the defensive end of the ice, especially of late. Chicago has allowed just 2.28 gpg over their last seven games and a total of seven goals during their current winning streak. They will look to keep it rolling against a Winnipeg team that has had their issues on offense of late.
The Blackhawks are off of a 6-2 road win over Toronto and scoring in the win was Drake Caggiula, which was his 5th of the year, Jonathan Toews, who scored twice and now has 14 on the year, Brandon Saad, which was his 12th of the year and Dominik Kubalik, who scored twice and now has 20 on the year.Snatching up the win was Corey Crawford, who stopped 31 of the 33 shots that he faced to improve to 9-15 with a 2.96 GAA on the year while here at home he has gone 5-9 with a 2.92 GAA. In his career, Crawford has gone 136-101 with a 2.34 GAA in his home games and 38-35 with a 2.38 GAA during the month of January, plus 9-10 with a 2.56 GAA against the Jets.
- 4-11 in their last 15 games as an underdog
- 2-7 in their last 9 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals
- 7-1 in their last 8 Sunday games
- 6-2 in their last 8 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game