Game Preview – Game 44: Your New Jersey Devils vs Winnipeg Jets

New Jersey Devils vs Winnipeg Jets

New Jersey Devils (24-17-2, 50 points) vs Winnipeg Jets (20-18-5, 45 points)
3:00 PM EST
TV: MSG+
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

The Devils will play their final game on this road trip against the Jets.  This is the third match-up between these two teams, each winning a game at home.  The first game back in November against the Jets was a coming out party for Adam Henrique as he scored 2 goals in the game, including an overtime winner to lead the Devils to victory.

Stepping Stone Game:

The Devils beat the Oilers in overtime on Wednesday on a beautifully set-up goal by Patrik Elias to Zach Parise. The Devils are 6-3-1 over their last 10 games and are searching for consistency.  With a win and loss on this road trip so far, another win could get them into a much needed groove in a tightly packed Eastern Conference race.

Ilya Kovalchuk:

Everyone wants to talk about Kovalchuk.  The good, the bad, the ugly, but lately it’s been all great. Kovalchuk currently has four consecutive multi-point games, with 5 goals in that span, including a beautiful short-handed goal against the Oilers.  This will be only his second game ever in Winnipeg and one of the only arenas he’s never scored a goal in. Today would be a great day for that.

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise (C) – Henrique – Kovalchuk (A)
Sykora – Elias (A) – Zubrus
Janssen – Zalewski – Clarkson
Boulton – Carter – Tedenby

Salvador – Larsson
Taormina – Foster
Tallinder – Fayne

Brodeur
Hedberg

Scratches: Zajac, Josefson, Palmieri

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The Latest on the Winnipeg Jets:

The Jets are coming home after a four game road trip where they were shut-out twice in a span of eight games. After a hot streak in December, the Jets have had a rough January so far, losing 4 out of 5 since the beginning of the year.

Jets Stats Leaders:

Points – Blake Wheeler, 32
Goals – Evander Kane, 18
Assists – Blake Wheeler, 23

Projected Jets Lineup:

Ladd – Little – Wheeler
Burmistrov – Antropov – Wellwood
Kane – Scheifele – MacLean
Glass – Slater – Thorburn

Enstrom – Byfuglien
Stuart – Bogosian
Oduya – Meech

Pavelec
Mason

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Posted on January 14, 2012, in Devils Army, Game Preview, New Jersey Devils, NHL and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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