Jets-Capitals preview

3-12  Jets  (41-18-9)  at  Capitals  (38-23-7)

TV:  7pm  NBC Sports Washington

Last game for Winnipeg:  2-1 loss at Philadelphia

  • Patrick Laine-goal
  • Connor Hellebuyck-33 saves

Patrick Laine has moved  into a tie with Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin for the NHL goal-scoring lead. There will be plenty of eyes on who is in the lead for the Rocket Richard Trophy following this game, as the season starts winding down. Laine has been on a tear, producing 15 goals and 21 points during an 11-game point streak. However outside of his linemates Paul Stastny and Nikolaj Ehlers, Joel Armia is the only other Jets forward to record a goal through four games on their current road trip.

Line pairings for the Jets

Kyle Connor-Bryan Little-Blake Wheeler

Patrik Laine-Paul Stastny-Nikolaj Ehlers

Brandon Tanev-Andrew Copp-Joel Armia

Mathieu Perreault-Matt Hendricks-Jack Roslovic

Ben Chiarot -Dustin Byfuglien

Josh Morrissey-Tyler Myers

Joe Morrow-Tucker Poolman

Goalie

Connor Hellebuyck

Last game for Washington:  2-0 win at San Jose

  • Philipp Grubauer-24 saves
  • Nicklas Backstrom-goal
  • Lars Eller-goal

Although Kuzy has gone three games without a point, Kuznetsov has three multi-point games in his past seven (five goals and and four assists with nine points during that span). He’s already tied his career-high in goals (20). Washington’s power play is currently sitting at 21.8% which has them tied for sixth in the league. This could become a huge factor in deciding the game because Winnipeg’s penalty kill is sitting at 82.9% which is also tied for sixth in the NHL.

Line pairings for the Capitals

Alex Ovechkin-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Tom Wilson

Brett Connolly-Nicklas Backstrom-Andre Burakovsky

Jakub Vrana-Lars Eller-T.J. Oshie

Chandler Stephenson-Jay Beagle-Travis Boyd

Michal Kempny-John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov-Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik-Jakub Jerabek

Goalie

Philipp Grubauer

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