The Winnipeg Jets will host the last place Detroit Red Wings in an inter-conference battle Tuesday night from the Bell MTS Place. The Red Wings are coming off a 5-3 home loss to the Penguins, and the Jets tallied a 3-2 home win over the Ducks on Sunday. The Jets defeated the Red Wings in both meetings last season.
Red Wings' Absymal Play Continues
The Detroit Red Wings’ disastrous season continues. They fell 5-3 on home ice to the Penguins on Saturday to send their losing streak to a remarkable 11 games. Detroit is in last place in the entire NHL and they have been exploited in both ends of the ice this season. Tyler Bertuzzi leads the way offensively with 25 points on the season. The 24-year old left-winger has registered a point in three consecutive games.
Dylan Larkin is starting to heat up, scoring two goals along with two assists in his last four games overall. The 23-year old center is not having a good season, recording only eight goals along with 12 assists. Detroit is dealing with several key injuries that have added to their struggles. Anthony Mantha, who was leading the team in points, remains out but is due back soon. Justin Abdelkader is questionable, while defenseman Danny DeKeyser remains out. Detroit is 3-10-1-1 on the road this season.
The Red Wings have been starting Jonathan Bernier in net due to an injury to Jimmy Howard. The veteran goalkeeper owns a poor 3.41 GAA and an .888 save percentage accompanied with a 5-9-2 record. Detroit stands last in the NHL with an average of 2.1 goals per game. They are also allowing an NHL worst 3.9 goals per game.
Jets Rebound with Win Against Ducks
The Winnipeg Jets enter this one on a winning note after defeating the Ducks by a 3-2 score on Sunday. The Jets are playing well, logging a 5-1-1 record in their last seven games overall and they will conclude a quick homestand in this one before heading to Detroit on Thursday. Mark Scheifele continues to produce, netting four goals along with one assist in his last three games. The 26-year old center has overtaken the team lead in points with 29 points in 30 games.
Kyle Connor is also in a groove, registering eight points in his last six games overall. The 22-year old left-winger is having an effective season, posting 26 points in 30 games on the season. Bryan Little and Dustin Byfuglien remain out of action. Winnipeg features an 8-5-1 record on home ice.
The Jets will go with backup goalie Laurent Brossoit between the pipes in this one. Brossoit hasn't played a whole lot this season, posting a 3.65 and an .885 save percentage accompanied with a 3-3 record. The Jets offense has been inconsistent at times and they are currently scoring an average of 2.8 goals, ranking them 19th overall. They re holding opponents to 2.7 goals, good for ninth in the NHL.
The Detroit Red Wings are:
- 0-11 in their last 11 games overall.
- 0-5 in their last 5 road games.
- 2-5 in their last 7 games in Winnipeg.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are: The Winnipeg Jets are:
- 5-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite.
- 5-1 in their last 6 home games.
- 8-3 in their last 11 games overall.