|53||PITTSBURGH||-135||Ov 5.5,-125||-145||Ov 5.5,-125|
|54||WINNIPEG||+115||Un 5.5,+105||+125||Un 5.5,+105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6-2-0||+3.6||6-2||+3.6||4-4||3.4||30.1||2.1||29.9|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.3||3-2||+0.3||3-2||3.0||26.6||2.4||27.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||14||45||15||14||15||1||4||421||10.7%||55||15||27.3%||73|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8||27||13||5||8||1||4||241||11.2%||32||9||28.1%||41|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||3||7||5||0||1||133||11.3%||21||7||33.3%||26|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||34||5||18||11||0||1||380||8.9%||57||10||17.5%||57|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||17||2||7||8||0||1||239||7.1%||38||5||13.2%||30|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||2||5||5||0||0||139||8.6%||24||4||16.7%||21|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)||9||9||232||211||90.9%||0||6-3||+1||6-3-0||+1||5-4|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Road Games)||4||4||121||114||94.2%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||116||107||92.2%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|BRAD THIESSEN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRAD THIESSEN (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)||6||5||147||135||91.8%||0||3-2||0||3-2-0||0||3-2|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Road Games)||4||4||117||108||92.3%||0||3-1||+1.6||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||82||76||92.7%||0||2-1||+0.4||2-1-0||0||1-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3-3-0||-0.8||3-3||-0.8||2-4||2.8||27.8||3.0||26.2|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.2||2-3||-1.2||1-4||2.2||27.6||3.2||23.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||12||32||7||12||11||2||1||345||9.3%||46||9||19.6%||56|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||6||17||3||7||5||2||1||167||10.2%||23||4||17.4%||28|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||1||3||6||1||0||138||8.0%||16||3||18.7%||19|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||40||14||8||17||1||2||336||11.9%||40||13||32.5%||63|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||18||7||3||8||0||0||157||11.5%||15||4||26.7%||27|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||6||5||5||0||0||118||13.6%||18||5||27.8%||27|
|AL MONTOYA (All Games)||4||3||81||72||88.9%||0||2-1||+1||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|AL MONTOYA (Home Games)||2||2||37||31||83.8%||0||1-1||-0.4||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|AL MONTOYA (Last 4 Games)||4||3||81||72||88.9%||0||2-1||+1||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|ONDREJ PAVALEC (All Games)||10||9||254||225||88.6%||0||3-6||-3||3-6-0||-3||5-4|
|ONDREJ PAVALEC (Home Games)||5||4||120||108||90.0%||0||2-2||-0.3||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|ONDREJ PAVALEC (Last 4 Games)||4||3||62||51||82.3%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 3.14, WINNIPEG 2.92|
|1/19/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||3-1||W||0, -125||W||6 ov||U|
|1/20/2013||at NY RANGERS||6-3||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/23/2013||TORONTO||2-5||L||0, -200||L||6 un||O|
|1/25/2013||at WINNIPEG||2-4||L||0, -140||L||5.5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||at OTTAWA||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ov||U|
|1/29/2013||NY ISLANDERS||1-4||L||0, -200||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/31/2013||at NY RANGERS||3-0||W||0, +100||W|| ||U|
|2/2/2013||NEW JERSEY||5-1||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/3/2013||at WASHINGTON||6-3||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||4-2||W||0, -145||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/7/2013||WASHINGTON||5-2||W||0, -200||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/9/2013||at NEW JERSEY||1-3||L||0, -105||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||NEW JERSEY||1-3||L||0, -165||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/13/2013||OTTAWA||4-2||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/15/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|2/17/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|2/24/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|2/26/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|1/19/2013||OTTAWA||1-4||L||0, -125||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/21/2013||at BOSTON||1-2||L||0, +160||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/22/2013||at WASHINGTON||4-2||W||0, +145||W||5.5 ev||O|
|1/25/2013||PITTSBURGH||4-2||W||0, +120||W||5.5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||NY ISLANDERS||5-4||W||0, -135||W||5.5 ov||O|
|1/29/2013||at MONTREAL||3-4||L||0, +110||L||5 ov||O|
|1/31/2013||at FLORIDA||3-6||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/1/2013||at TAMPA BAY||3-8||L||0, +175||L||6 ev||O|
|2/5/2013||FLORIDA||3-2||W||0, -135||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||TORONTO||2-3||L||0, -125||L||5.5 ov||U|
|2/9/2013||at OTTAWA||1-0||W||0, +145||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/12/2013||PHILADELPHIA||2-3||L||0, -145||L||5.5 ov||U|
|2/19/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|2/21/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|2/23/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|2/24/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/26/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
LAST SEASON: 51-25-6, 108 points. Lost to Philadelphia 4-2 in first round.
COACH: Dan Bylsma, 5th season with Penguins, 165-81-25.
ADDED: C Brandon Sutter, G Tomas Vokoun, LW Tanner Glass.
LOST: C Jordan Staal, RW Steve Sullivan, G Brent Johnson, RW Arron Asham, D Zbynek Michalek.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Sidney Crosby. The 25-year-old superstar appears to be fully recovered from concussion-like symptoms that limited him to just 22 games last season. He should be back in his comfort zone with linemates Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz along for the ride. If healthy, he's the game's greatest playmaker.
OUTLOOK: With Crosby and reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin in their primes, anything less than a Stanley Cup will be considered a disappointment.
LAST SEASON: 37-35-10, 84 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 10th in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Claude Noel, 2nd season with Jets, 37-35-10; 3rd overall, 47-43-16 in NHL.
ADDED: C Olli Jokinen, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky, G Al Montoya.
LOST: G Chris Mason, LW Tanner Glass, RW Tim Stapleton, D Mark Flood.
PLAYER TO WATCH: After nearly making the team out of training camp last season, 19-year-old center Mark Scheifele is eager for another shot this year. He's a dependable two-way forward who's enjoyed a solid first half of the season playing for Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League.
OUTLOOK: Will the honeymoon of the NHL's return to Winnipeg be over after last season? The former Atlanta Thrashers are still stuck in what's becoming a tough Southeast Division. And until the NHL realigns its divisions, the Jets are still stuck with a grueling travel schedule that could wear them down in a tightly packed 48-game schedule.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-WINNIPEG) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Penguins-Jets Preview* =======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (9-5-0) at Winnipeg (5-6-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT
While his efforts may sometimes get overshadowed playing alongside Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, James Neal could be close to reaching superstar status, too.
Neal looks to continue his impressive play as the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins try to avenge a rare loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night.
After suffering a pair of 3-1 defeats in a home-and-home set against New Jersey, Pittsburgh (9-5-0) got back on track Wednesday with a 4-2 win over Ottawa. Crosby had a goal and two assists for his fourth three-point effort in seven games, while Neal scored twice - including the go-ahead goal early in the third period - and added an assist.
"For me it's just to try to find open ice, get in spots where I can shoot the puck," Neal told the team's official website. "When you're playing with guys like (Malkin), (Crosby) and (Chris Kunitz) ... with guys keying on them a little bit more I'm just trying to find open ice. They give me some great passes and if it wasn't for them it wouldn't be that easy."
Neal finished fourth in the NHL last season with a career-high 40 goals and leads the team with 10, half of which have come in his last five games.
"If you're going to make a book on a shooter and a guy getting open, just watch this guy play the game," coach Dan Bylsma said. "He moves to get open."
Neal had five goals and two assists over a three-game stretch in this series before going pointless in a 4-2 loss at Winnipeg on Jan. 25. Pittsburgh has outscored the Jets 73-43 in going 15-3-0 in the past 18 meetings.
Crosby, who scored twice in last month's matchup, has eight goals and eight assists during a five-game point streak in this series. He's recorded 32 points in his last 15 meetings versus Winnipeg (5-6-1).
The Jets enter the weekend trying to rebound from a stretch of five losses in seven games after falling 3-2 to Philadelphia on Tuesday. Blake Wheeler set up Andrew Ladd's team-leading fifth and six goals, but Winnipeg went scoreless in three power-play opportunities and is 0 for 8 over its last three games.
"You have to find ways to do the right things. We weren't able to do that consistently," coach Claude Noel told the league's official website. "You can look at it and say that it's urgency, but I'm not so sure it's that. I would have liked to have seen us have more 'A' games, and that's more the area for me (to) make assessments there."
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 10 of 11 shots Tuesday after replacing Al Montoya, who left after the second period due to a lower-body injury.
"Same old 40 minutes that we played well and we did things that we liked and then some inconsistencies in the other parts of our game that cost us," said Pavelec, whose 3.28 goals-against average ranks as one of the league's highest.
Pavelec, who made 33 saves against the Penguins last month, is 2-10-0 in this series with a 4.56 GAA - his highest mark against any opponent he's faced more than once.
Marc-Andre Fleury could face the Jets after giving way to backup Tomas Vokoun on Jan. 25. Fleury is 4-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA this month and 12-2-0 with a 2.06 GAA over his last 14 starts against Winnipeg.
The Jets made two trades Wednesday, acquiring Eric Tangradi from Pittsburgh for a seventh-round draft pick and sending Alexei Ponikarovsky to New Jersey for two picks.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 1:17:17 PM EST|