The Winnipeg Jets change gears and get back indoors after playing in the Heritage Classic outdoors in Saskatchewan on Saturday night. They ultimately escaped with a 2-1 win in overtime, as they came from behind in the final period to tie things up in the 3rd and win in OT. Bryan Little made no mistake on a 2-on-1 feed from Kyle Connor in front of the net.The Flames caught a break to get their only goal in the game. It was a close play on a high-stick that could have gone either way. Calgary were the winners of that affair, but couldn’t win overtime. They looked absolutely gassed after having to kill off a power-play and never recovered.
There won’t be any snow or wind to deal with Tuesday night in Anaheim. The weather will be beautiful during the day, with sunshine and temps in the low 70’s. Landing in Anaheim had to be a major change from the snow and cold in Regina. The Jets will be out west for three games, with stops in Anaheim, San Jose, and Las Vegas, so there will be plenty of time to enjoy the nice weather. This is a business trip for the Jets, though, and they just want to find some wins while they’re out here.
Despite the win in the Heritage Classic, it’s been a relatively slow start for the Jets this season. They have a record of 6-6-0 going into Anaheim tonight. Nothing to overreact over, but they’ve looked rather ordinary thus far. Their win against the Flames was only their second in six games.
They catch a Ducks team tonight who are losers in four of their last five games. The Ducks are going to be thrilled to get back home, having not played at the Duck Pond since October 20th where they fell by a score of 2-1 to the Flames. Head below for our free Jets vs. Ducks pick on Tuesday night in Anaheim.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Anaheim Ducks Pick
There could be a slight bit of an issue for the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. Fortunately it’s not going to be a long-term issue, but playmaker Patrik Laine’s availability for tonight is not clear. After a collision in practice on Monday, Laine had to leave with an undisclosed injury. Laine missing the game would likely mean Jack Roslovic moves up to the second line. The Jets are already going to be down a forward after Adam Lowry was suspended for a vicious hit in the Heritage Classic. Lowry isn’t a playmaker by any means. He’s still searching for his first point of the season, but Lowry is there to win battles in the corners and play physical.
If Laine doesn’t play, Paul Maurice will be forced to mix his lines up even more with two starting forwards out of the contest tonight. It’s not good news for a Winnipeg team who have had some trouble getting their offence going. They are waiting for that switch to get hit and they start lighting up the scoreboard, but it hasn’t come and they’ve had to rely on solid defence and timely goaltending from Connor Hellebuyck. Overall this season, the Jets have scored just 2.5 goals per game. It’s likely going to improve as the season progresses, but against a defensive minded team like the Ducks and questions up front, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a slow offence again in this spot.
In their previous six games, the Jets have scored only 1.5 goals per game. The last game they scored more than 3 goals was back on October 10th against a Wild team who couldn’t put one skate in front of the other at that point. It hasn’t hurt Hellebuyck between the pipes, though, as he has given the Jets a good chance to win games most nights. He enters Anaheim with a solid 2.22 GAA and 0.933 save percentage. The Ducks have been fairly anemic offensively as well, with 2 or fewer goals four of their previous five games, so this looks like a pretty good matchup for him to keep the Jets in another game. In what figures to be a tight 3-2 game, the UNDER appears like the logical option here.