Jets Gameday: Five keys vs. Red Wings

Winnipeg Jets vs Detroit Red Wings

7 pm CT, Bell MTS Place. TV: TSN3. Radio: TSN 1290

THE BIG MATCHUP

Jacob Trouba vs Dylan Larkin

It’s a battle of University of Michigan Wolverines alumni, as one half of the Jets shutdown pairing looks to try and minimize the production of the Red Wings top scorer, who has 18 goals and 41 points in 45 games. Trouba recorded five points during his two prior home games, so he’s doing much more than just check this season.

5 keys to the game

Staying fresh

Tonight marks the sixth of 10 sets of games on consecutive nights for the Jets. They’ll need to do their best to roll four lines as they face a team that is fresh and was waiting for them to return from Minnesota. The Jets are in the midst of a stretch that features nine games in 16 days before the players break and the NHL All-Star weekend. The Jets are 3-2 in the second game of back-to-backs so far.

Next shot for Brossoit

The Jets backup has yet to lose a start in regulation and he’s done a great job, amassing an overall record of 8-1-1 to go with a 2.11 goals-against average and .939 save %. Brossoit beat the Red Wings earlier this season, but hasn’t been involved in game action since Dec. 22, when he made 40 saves to post his first NHL shutout against the Vancouver Canucks.

Feeling the power?

Remember that one-for-15 power outage the Jets endured with the man-advantage? Well, by going four-for-eight in two prior home games, Winnipeg moved back into second spot overall and continue to boast the top efficiency on home ice (at 38.2%).

Fresh faces

The Jets just completed a stretch of three games against Central Division opponents, but they’ll face one from the East (the Red Wings) before two from the Pacific Division before seeing two more Central opponents in the final games before the break. The Jets are 3-3-1 against Atlantic Division teams so far this season, including a 2-1 win over the Red Wings on Oct. 26 at Little Caesars Arena.

Impressive rookie

The Red Wings feature a smooth-skating rookie defenceman in 2017 first-rounder Dennis Cholowski. Cholowski is among the rookie leaders on the back end with six goals and 15 points in 43 games while averaging nearly 19 minutes of ice time per game. The Red Wings should also get a boost with the return of Mike Green, who is back after missing 13 games with a foot injury. The Red Wings went 2-8-3 without Green in the lineup and he has 16 points in 23 games.

GAME DAY LINEUPS

Winnipeg Jets

Forwards

Kyle Connor-Mark Scheifele-Blake Wheeler

Patrik Laine-Bryan Little-Jack Roslovic

Mathieu Perreault-Adam Lowry-Brandon Tanev

Brendan Lemieux-Andrew Copp-Mason Appleton

Defence

Josh Morrissey-Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot-Tyler Myers

Joe Morrow-Dmitry Kulikov

Goalies

Laurent Brossoit

Connor Hellebuyck

Detroit Red Wings

Forwards

Tyler Bertuzzi-Dylan Larkin-Gustav Nyquist

Thomas Vanek-Frans Nielsen-Anthony Mantha

Darren Helm-Luke Glendening-Andreas Athanasiou

Justin Abdelkader-Jacob De La Rose-Christoffer Ehn

Defence

Dennis Cholowski-Mike Green

Niklas Kronwall-Nick Jensen

Jonathan Ericsson-Filip Hronek

Goalies

Jimmy Howard

Jonathan Bernier

Injuries

Jets: D Dustin Byfuglien (ankle, IR), LW Nikolaj Ehlers (upper body, IR)

Red Wings: D Dan DeKeyser (hand, IR), D Trevor Daley (foot, IR), LW Michael Rasmussen (lower body, day-to-day), LW Evgeni Svechnikov (knee, IR)

POWER PLAY

Winnipeg: 29.4% (2nd)

Detroit: 17.1% (21st)

PENALTY KILLING

Winnipeg 80.6% (13th)

Detroit: 78.5% (20th)

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Author: Ken Wiebe