The Winnipeg Jets will host the Vancouver Canucks in a Western Conference battle Friday night from the Bell MTS Place. The Canucks lost 5-2 to the Blackhawks on Thursday night, and the Jets are coming off a 2-1 shootout home loss to the Devils. The Jets defeated the Canucks in all three meetings last season.
Canucks Fall to Blackhawks in Second Straight Loss
The Vancouver Canucks have been one of the most surprising teams in the NHL this season. They were expected to be near the bottom of the standings but have exceeded expectations in a big way. Vancouver will conclude a quick two-game road trip in this one. They dropped a 3-1 road decision to the Blackhawks on Thursday night.
Canucks’ point leader Elias Pettersson continues to thrive. The 20-year old center has 14 points in his last nine games, and he is up to 20 points on the season. Pettersson notched one goal in two games against the Jets last season.
Just what we kneeded! 🦵🎉 pic.twitter.com/i6yFmundgo— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 8, 2019
Brock Boeser has also played a key role in the Canucks' outstanding start to the season. The 22-year old right-winger has nine points in his last seven games, and he has collected seven goals and nine assists on the year. Vancouver holds a 5-4-1 road record on the season. Michael Ferland and Antoine Roussel remain out of the Canucks lineup.
The Canucks are expected to have Thatcher Demko between the pipes in this one after Markstrom was in goal on Thursday night. The young netminder is having a terrific season, logging a sizzling 1.78 GAA and a .938 save percentage accompanied with a 4-1 record. Vancouver has been sharp in both ends of the ice this season. They stand sixth in the NHL with an average of 3.5 goals per game. They are holding opponents to 2.3 goals, good for fourth overall.
Jets Two Game Winning Streak Ends in Loss to Devils
The Winnipeg Jets will resume a four-game homestand in this one. They are coming off a tough 2-1 shootout home loss to the Devils in their latest action on Tuesday night. The Jets are having an inconsistent season, although they have won two out of their last three games overall. Patrik Laine has not scored a goal since October 10th. The 21-year old right-winger is finding the scoresheet with assists, and he has tallied 14 points in 14 games. Laine recorded four goals in three games against the Canucks last season.
Jets’ point leader Mark Scheifele has earned two points in his last three games. The 26-year old center owns a minus-six rating, and he is up to 15 points on the season. The Jets are 3-4-0-1 on home ice. Center Bryan Little is out with a head injury.
Winnipeg is expected to have Connor Hellebuyck guard the cage in this contest. The four-year veteran is locked in, allowing only three goals in his last three games, and he is sporting a 2.41 GAA and a .930 save percentage accompanied with a 6-5-1 record. The Jets are only averaging 2.7 goals per game, ranking them 21st in the NHL. They are conceding an average of 3.3 goals, placing them 20th overall.
The Vancouver Canucks are:
- 0-7 in their last 7 games in Winnipeg.
- 2-6 in their last 8 games against the Central division.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are as follows: The Winnipeg Jets are:
- 6-1 in their last 7 Friday games.
- 13-6 in their last 19 games playing on two days of rest.