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30-18-5 (2nd in Pacific Division)
33-19-1 (2nd in Central Division)
Jordan Eberle (40)
Kyle Connor (60)
Jared McCann (24)
Mark Scheifele (32)
Vince Dunn (30)
Josh Morrissey (44)
Adam Larsson (31)
Nate Schmidt (10)
Oliver Bjorkstrand (2.51)
Shots (Per Game)
Kyle Connor (3.43)
The Seattle Kraken will travel to Winnipeg to face the Jets for the third time this season. Winnipeg won the first game 3-2 behind a Mark Scheifele overtime goal, but Seattle struck back in their second matchup and won 3-2 in regulation.
The Kraken are in second place in the Pacific Division with 63 points but could fall into a Wild Card spot with a loss tonight. On the other side, the Jets are in second place in the Central Division with 65 points. They will stay in that position with a win or loss.
The Kraken have an excellent offense that ranks in the top five. They scored four goals last game and often score three or more times a game. Defensively, they are not as strong and rank right around the middle. Seattle allows 3.11 goals per game and often struggles to slow down other teams.
The Kraken are led by Jordan Eberle, Andre Burakovsky, Vince Dunn, Jared McCann, and Matty Beniers. However, Burakovsky will miss this game with an injury, and Beniers is currently listed as day-to-day. Regardless, Seattle will still have three productive players in Eberle, Dunn, and McCann. If these three can make up for their absences, the Kraken will be in good shape.
Martin Jones will likely get the start in net for the Kraken. Jones has played in 37 games this season but will probably be a backup next year. The 33-year-old has 23 wins, but a concerning save percentage of .892
The Jets are not as strong offensively as the Kraken but are much better than them defensively. The Jets do not have a slow offense, but they only rank slightly above the league average. On the other side of the puck, the Jets hold it down and have the third-best defense in the NHL. The Jets also have a top five netminder in Connor Hellebuyck. Hellbuyck has been a brick wall in net for Winnipeg this season.
The Jets are led by Kyle Connor, Josh Morrissey, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Mark Scheifele, and Blake Wheeler. All of these players are threats on the ice and have at least 40 points.
Connor Hellebuyck has been a saving grace for the Jets this year. The American netminder is tied for the second-most wins at 25, and his .924 save is the third-highest in the NHL.
The Jets have home-ice advantage and are facing a shorthanded Kraken team, so I would bet on them.
The Seattle Kraken are the underdogs but will win if they score first and slow down Kyle Connor.
The Kraken are on the fifth and final game of their road trip. They have not had much success on this road trip and are 1-3-0. Seattle failed to score the first goal in three of these games and needs to flip the script today. If they score first, they will likely win.
Kyle Connor is not the main goal-scorer on the Jets, but he does lead the team in points (60). Connor is the strongest all-around player on Winnipeg and plays over 20 minutes a game. The Kraken must make him priority #1 and slow him down when he is on the ice.
The Jets are favorites but can improve their chances if they draw penalties and limit the Krakens’ shots.
The Jets do not have an excellent power-play unit, but they have a better unit than the Kraken. Winnipeg converts on nearly 22.5% of their opportunities, and over 22% of their goals come with a man advantage. Winnipeg’s power play unit has been critical to their success this season. With that being said, they can only be successful if they get on the ice. The Jets must draw penalties and give this unit their opportunities.
The Jets only allow 2.6 goals per game, but give up 31 shots per game. They cannot allow this to happen tonight. Winnipeg must limit the Kraken’s shot output to 28 shots or less.
Vince Dunn is the top defenseman on this Kraken squad. It is a prestigious honor, but may not be saying all too much, as the Kraken have very few quality defensemen. Regardless, he will need to step up today and slow down the likes of Kyle Connor, Pierre-Luc Dubois, and Mark Scheifele. If he can slow these guys down, the Kraken will have a chance.
Mark Scheifele is the premier goal-scorer on this Jets team. The center leads Winnipeg with 32 goals and is incredibly efficient. Scheifele converts on nearly 23% of his shots and has three goals in the last two games.
Scheifele does not need to change much heading into this matchup. He only needs to continue taking the right shots and putting the puck in the back of the net.
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