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Game Blog: Jets @ Penguins

The Jets are in Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins, Thursday night.

Thursday, 03.28.2013 / 4:53 PM CT / Blogs
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Game Blog: Jets @ Penguins
The Jets are in Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins, Thursday night.

PRE-GAME NOTES

The Winnipeg Jets (18-14-2) travel to Pittsburgh to take on the NHL’s hottest team in the Penguins (26-8-0) at CONSOL Energy Center. This is the third and final meeting between the clubs and the only one to take place in Pittsburgh. CONSOL Energy Center was a tough place to play for the Jets last season as they lost both meetings by a combined score of 16-9. While the Penguins have been very impressive of late, the Jets have experienced their own success with a record of 8-3-1 in their last 12 and have gone 4-1-1 in their last six road games. The teams have split the season series, with the Jets taking the first meeting on Jan. 25 (4-2 W) before the Penguins beat the Jets on Feb. 15 (1-3 L).

TEAM NOTES

Peace with the road

Something about being on the road has worked for the Winnipeg Jets this season as they have gone 10-6-2 away from MTS Centre and are currently tied for the fourth-most wins in the League away from home. Dating back to Feb. 9 in Ottawa, Winnipeg has won nine of their last 13 games on the road (9-3-1). The Jets play four of their next five games away from MTS Centre. Andrew Ladd (6G, 10A) and Evander Kane (8G, 8A) lead the team in points on the road through 18 games.

Southeast story

The Jets padded their Southeast Division lead on Carolina with a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes on Tuesday. Winnipeg now leads the division with 38 points, ahead of Carolina (32 points), Washington (31 points), Tampa Bay (27 points) and Florida (24 points). The Jets have a record of 7-6-0 versus Southeast opponents this season. Winnipeg had the best interdivision record in the division last season, going 14-6-4.

Taking advantage

Earlier this season, the Jets scored once on the power play over a 16 game stretch. That pattern has long since passed with five power play goals over the last nine games. Since Mar. 12, Winnipeg’s power play has converted on five of 26 opportunities (19.2%). Dustin Byfuglien leads the team with four power play goals this season.

Jets starting lineup: Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler, Tobias Enstrom, Dustin Byfuglien and Al Montoya in net.

FIRST PERIOD

      Tangradi with some extra incentive to start this game. Jets really need to keep up this pressure.            @IllegalCurve
15:03: PENS GOAL: Chris Kunitz puts the Penguins on the board first after taking a slick behind-the-back pass from Sidney Crosby. He made no mistake blasting one past Montoya top-shelf. 1-0 Pens.

18:32: PENS GOAL: Evgeni Malkin shovels home a second goal just minutes after the first one. James Neal sent a nice cross-crease pass to  Malkin at the back door, who finished the play. The goal was under review as it looked like he may have kicked the puck into the net but was called a goal, and just like that it was 2-0 Pens.

      Absolutely could have been ruled no goal. The distinct kicking motion is tough to define. Looked like Malkin directed puck with his skate            @Ted_Wyman


Through one period of play, the Penguins led the Jets 2-0. Shots on net also favoured the Pens 12-8.

SECOND PERIOD

4:12: PENS GOAL: Pascal Dupuis increases the Penguins lead as Chris Kunitz sends him a nice feed on a two-on-one opportunity. Dupuis connects with the one-timer to beat Montoya. 3-0 Penguins.

10:12: The Jets got their first power play opportunity of the night as Craig Adams sat for two minutes for hooking on Alex Burmistrov. The Jets PP unit went to work but just weren't able to get much going in the Penguins zone. The strong PK of the Penguins shut the Jets chance down and held them off the board.

      Absolutely could have been ruled no goal. The distinct kicking motion is tough to define. Looked like Malkin directed puck with his skate            @Ted_Wyman

18:37: PENS GOAL: The Jets give up a shorthanded goal with Paul Martin in the box, late in the middle frame. Dustin Byfuglien couldn't keep the puck in the Penguins zone, that quickly resulted in a 2-on-1 chance as Pascal Dupuis raced up ice into the Jets zone. He took a look, then snapped a hard shot that beat Montoya.

Through two periods, the Jets trailed the Penguins 4-0. Pascal Dupuis with two goals in the second period. Shots were 27-14 Penguins.

THIRD PERIOD

      The Pittsburgh Penguins are a dangerously good hockey team. The Jets aren't really playing bad but the Pens are just that good.            @ICEzzyG
12:20: Kyle Wellwood with one of the best chances of the third period, sneaks behind his check and puts a hard wrist shot right on net from 13 feet out but Tomas Vokoun stones him and shuts the door. Jets still can't solve Vokoun, down 4-0 with under eight minutes to play.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
5 MIN 75 43 25 7 215 185 93
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 75 36 29 10 232 240 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 75 24 35 11 59
B. Wheeler 73 24 34 24 58
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 75 14 32 10 46
D. Byfuglien 66 16 27 7 43
M. Frolik 75 17 23 4 40
D. Stafford 69 16 24 -14 40
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 65 14 15 -18 29
T. Myers 65 7 18 -9 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 14 7 .919 2.35
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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