The Rangers are back home tonight after dismantling the Bruins. Tonight it’s the Winnipeg Jets, who the Rangers seem to be talking to regularly concerning Jacob Trouba. Trouba wants out of Winnipeg, and the Rangers appear to be more than happy to take him off Winnipeg’s hands. However the asking price is too high at the moment. Perhaps tonight is a night where the Rangers showcase some players to sweeten the pot?
Winnipeg is sitting at a mediocre 5-6-1, but would likely be better if they had any kind of consistent goaltending. Connor Hellebuyck is sitting at a .913 SV%, best on the team. That’s not good at all. On paper, the Jets are pretty top heavy, with some serious talent in the top-six and top pair. However the talent level dips after that, making them another prime matchup for the Rangers and their speed.
The Jets play a 1-2-2 forecheck which can be used aggressively or conservatively depending on game situation (e.g., puck location, matchup, time left on the clock, score, etc.). In the defensive zone, the Jets play a zone defense, with five skaters getting sticks and bodies in lanes.
On special teams, the Jets play an umbrella PP and will look to crash the net after a shot. On the PK, the Jets play a rotating box and look to defend homeplate. For more on the systems, click here.
Jets Lines (presumed)
Patrick Laine-Mark Schiefele-Nikolaj Ehlers
Kyle Connor-Nicolas Petan-Blake Wheeler
Marko Dano-Adam Lowry-Brandon Tanev
Alex Burmistrov-Andrew Copp-Chris Thorburn
Josh Morrissey-Dustin Byfuglien
Toby Enstrom-Paul Postma
Julian Melchiori-Ben Chiarot
Michael Hutchinson gets the start.
Rangers Lines (presumed):
PP1: DJ ZBad-Miller-Pirri-Zucc-McDonagh
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
Crazy Prediction: Kevin Klein finally gets on the board.
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