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The Canucks will try to go from being streak snappers to streak preservers tonight when they welcome the Winnipeg Jets to Rogers Arena.
Two nights after successfully snapping another one of the more impressive streaks by an NHL team this season by ending Nashville's 14-game run with a point, the Canucks find the shoe on the other foot tonight. They welcome a Jets team that has not won at Rogers Arena going back to their days as the Atlanta Thrashers having lost six in a row in Vancouver (four in a since relocating to Winnipeg). The Canucks are also looking to keep their overall win streak alive by posting a third consecutive victory, something they've yet to do all season along.
The Canucks did not practice yesterday so there are no hints available as to what tonight's line-up will look like. However, it is possible that both blue-liners Chris Tanev and Nikita Tryamkin could slot in. Tanev has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury, while Tryamkin took the pre-game skate against Nashville but is still waiting to make his NHL debut.
Puck drop at 7 pm PT – Live on Sportsnet Pacific, TSN 1040, or online at tsn1040.ca.
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Keys to the Game
Don't play down. There aren't many opponents right now that the Canucks are looking down on in the standings but the Jets happen to be one of them. With that said the Jets are in spoiler mode these days and could be even more dangerous than the teams still in the playoff race. The Canucks need to be ready to combat a loose team.
Keep the hits coming. The Canucks didn't shy away from throwing the body against the Preds on Nashville. In fact, their physical play was a big reason why they dominated the early parts of the contest. They'll want to set the tone early again tonight against a team that also enjoys throwing the body around.
Make use of the power play. It was a power play goal that sparked the Jets' come-from-behind win over the Avs on Saturday. Unfortunately the power play hasn't been a difference-maker on enough occasions. The PP was a difference-maker back on November 18 against the Canucks and it will need to be again tonight.
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By the Numbers
All-time home win percentage for the Canucks against the Jets/Thrashers franchise (7-1-0).
Win for the Jets in their last six road outings (1-4-1). They've lost two straight road games.
Straight games without a power play goal for the Canucks (0-for-13). They were 9-for-26 in the nine games prior.
Shorthanded goals scored by the Jets this season. Only Ottawa (12) has more.
Points for rookie Ben Hutton this season, third among all rookie blue-liners. He has 4 points in his last 4 games.
Combined hits between the Canucks and Jets in their November 15 (30 for Winnipeg, 16 for Vancouver).
- Back on January 15, the Jets sat in last place in the Central Division but were coming off a victory over the Wild that pulled them to .500 on the season and had them within two points of a Wildcard playoff spot. Two months and 23 games later, after a stretch that saw them go 7-14-2, the Jets still sit in last place in the Central Division but their playoff aspirations are toast as they sit 13 points out of a spot beginning today.
- Realistically, the playoffs were a long-shot long ago for Winnipeg but it wasn't until they traded their captain and emotional leader, Andrew Ladd, on February 25 that it really hammered home the point the Jets are playing for the future. At the time of his departure, Ladd sat fourth in team scoring and tied for first in goals. Since his departure, the Jets have scored 24 goals in nine outings for an average of 2.67 goals per game which is actually slightly higher than their season average although it's worth noting half of those goals came in three games (not surprisingly in their three wins).
- Where the Jets really miss Ladd is on the power play, which is an aspect of their game that has gone through lengthy slumps at various points of the season. Ladd still leads Winnipeg in power play goals with seven although his departure should mean more time afforded for Mark Scheifele, who clearly deserve to see more time on the man-advantage.
- Speaking of Scheifele, there's no Jet – and arguably no other player in the league – that has been hotter than him over the past month. Scheifele brings a seven-game point streak (7-4-11) into tonight's contest, a new career-high, and has 10 goals and 18 points in his last dozen games dating back to February 18.
- Scheifele was on a red hot line with Drew Stafford and Mathieu Perreault earlier this season when they took on the Canucks back in mid-November and combined for nine points. Scheifele and Stafford are still together, but they're now skating with Blake Wheeler, who is the runaway team leader in points.
- Another player to watch out for the Jets is newcomer Marko Dano, the principle figure coming over to Winnipeg in the Ladd trade. Dano had a remarkable run late last season in Columbus but found it difficult to crack a talent-laden Blackhawks line-up this season. Dano has recently been playing with Perrault and Burmistrov, both of whom have also been wildly inconsistent with their offensive production this season.