BLUE JACKETS 0 | JETS 4
Matt Calvert Post Game
Scott Hartnell Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
ANALYSIS: Can we just forget that period happened? Yikes. It went from bad to worse for the Blue Jackets in the second period, and they now trail 4-0 after two periods in Winnipeg. Sergei Bobrovsky suffered an injury in the second period and has not returned to the game, allowing three goals on nine shots. Curtis McElhinney came on in relief and looks to be in there for the remainder of this one. Jeremy Morin suffered an upper body injury in the first period and is done for the night, so not only do they have a short bench for the final period, but they have a four-goal deficit to climb out of. They've had their chances to get on the board but the second period wasn't as productive as the first, and Hutchinson maintains a clean sheet through 40 minutes.
Bobrovsky Makes Three Saves
ANALYSIS: It's hard to think of a worse start for the Blue Jackets, who gave up goals on the first two shots of the game and found themselves in an early 2-0 hole at MTS Centre. You can see why the Jets have been successful of late -- they're big, fast and physical and they move quickly to capitalize on mistakes. Blake Wheeler's opening goal was the result of a couple turnovers by the Jackets, with Wheeler finding the puck in the left circle and squeaking a backhand shot by Sergei Bobrovsky less than 90 seconds into the game. Then it was Evander Kane off the rush, taking a drop pass from Mark Scheifele later in the first and firing a wrister right through Sergei Bobrovsky, one that Bobrovsky would like to have back. But the Jackets got back on the horse in the second half of the period and had plenty of chances, out-shooting the Jets 14-6 with several quality looks but unable to beat Michael Hutchinson. 40 minutes left to get this turned around in Winnipeg.
Sergei Bobrovsky Save
UPDATE (12:45 PM): According to Fox Sports Ohio's Dave Maetzold, the Jackets will use the same lines and pairings from Monday night's game in Minnesota. Jared Boll, Cody Goloubef, and Jordan Leopold are again expected to be healthy scratches.
Here are the lines and pairing from this mornings skate...
UPDATE (11:40AM): According to Winnipeg media reports, Jacob Trouba took part in line rushes at the morning skate today, a good sign that he may be activated from injured reserve and play tonight against the Blue Jackets.
Michael Hutchinson is being reported as Winnipeg's likely starter in goal.
Good day, 5th Liners!
It's a brisk morning in Winnipeg where the Jackets are trying to extend their winning streak to three games before the All-Star break. They'll take on a surprisingly strong Jets team that is within striking distance of first place in the competitive Central Division.
Winnipeg has played more games than the teams they are chasing, but they are still just seven points out of first in the Central and currently occupy the top wild card spot in the West, six points clear of the Los Angeles Kings. That's more impressive when you consider the extensive injuries the Jets have suffered to their blue line, with Tobias Enstrom and Zach Bogosian both missing significant time and Jacob Trouba still sidelined.
Here are some things to ponder as we get ready for a rip in Winnipeg...
- The Blue Jackets won back-to-back road games in Boston and Minnesota and have won eight of their last 10 games away from Nationwide Arena. Despite Winnipeg's success this season, they have not been at their best at home at MTS Centre. They are 11-9-3 on home ice and have gone 5-5-0 in their last 10 games in front of their home crowd.
- Hutchinson is having a stellar rookie season in goal for the Jets and is making a case to become the full-time starter over Ondrej Pavelec. The Jets have not yet named a starter for tonight's contest, but Hutchinson did earn the win for Winnipeg in the teams' one meeting earlier this season.
- After playing 43 straight games to start the season, Jared Boll was a healthy scratch for the Jackets against Minnesota to make room for Jack Skille. The fourth line of Skille, Corey Tropp, and Mark Letestu was effective against the Wild, registering four shots combined in roughly nine minutes of ice time. Only David Savard and Ryan Johansen have appeared in every Jackets' game this season.