|1||WINNIPEG||+175||Ov 5.5,-110||+160||Ov 5.5,-110|
|2||PITTSBURGH||-205||Un 5.5,-110||-180||Un 5.5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||10-8-0||+4.4||10-8||+4.4||9-8||2.8||29.5||3.1||31.8|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.7||3-2||+0.7||1-4||2.2||27.0||2.8||28.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||34||88||20||35||29||4||5||971||9.1%||100||15||15.0%||148|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||18||50||13||21||14||2||1||531||9.4%||48||7||14.6%||80|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||2||4||5||0||1||135||8.1%||15||3||20.0%||19|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||99||31||25||41||2||5||984||10.1%||107||23||21.5%||161|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||55||19||12||22||2||4||572||9.6%||62||14||22.6%||91|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||5||4||5||0||0||141||9.9%||19||3||15.8%||22|
|AL MONTOYA (All Games)||6||4||125||112||89.6%||0||3-1||+2.2||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|AL MONTOYA (Road Games)||3||2||73||69||94.5%||0||2-0||+2.7||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|AL MONTOYA (Last 4 Games)||4||3||89||83||93.3%||0||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||0-3|
|ONDREJ PAVALEC (All Games)||31||30||856||775||90.5%||0||15-15||+0.6||15-15-0||0||12-17|
|ONDREJ PAVALEC (Road Games)||16||16||497||450||90.5%||0||8-8||+1.7||8-8-0||0||9-6|
|ONDREJ PAVALEC (Last 4 Games)||4||4||98||88||89.8%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||13-4-0||+5.5||13-4||+5.5||8-9||3.2||29.9||2.1||26.1|
|Last 5 Games||5-0-0||+5||5-0||+5||0-4||2.2||27.8||1.0||32.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||34||117||36||33||44||4||10||1026||11.4%||121||29||24.0%||194|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||17||54||14||15||24||1||2||509||10.6%||59||15||25.4%||93|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||2||4||4||1||1||139||7.9%||11||2||18.2%||21|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||84||20||41||23||0||2||967||8.7%||118||24||20.3%||151|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||36||8||20||8||0||0||443||8.1%||47||10||21.3%||62|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||5||2||3||0||0||0||161||3.1%||12||2||16.7%||10|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)||24||23||608||558||91.8%||1||19-4||+12.6||19-4-0||+13||10-13|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Home Games)||13||13||313||288||92.0%||1||11-2||+7||11-2-0||+7||6-7|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||105||103||98.1%||1||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||0-4|
|BRAD THIESSEN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRAD THIESSEN (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)||14||11||357||325||91.0%||0||7-4||+0.5||7-4-0||0||7-3|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Home Games)||6||4||130||119||91.5%||0||2-2||-1.5||2-2-0||-2||2-2|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||103||99||96.1%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||1-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: WINNIPEG 3.01, PITTSBURGH 2.95|
|3/2/2013||WASHINGTON||0-3||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/5/2013||at FLORIDA||1-4||L||0, -125||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/7/2013||at TAMPA BAY||2-1||W||0, +125||W||6 ov||U|
|3/8/2013||at FLORIDA||3-2||W||0, -130||W||5.5 ev||U|
|3/10/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/12/2013||TORONTO||5-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/14/2013||NY RANGERS||3-1||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||at TORONTO||5-4||W||0, +120||W||5.5 ev||O|
|3/17/2013||at OTTAWA||1-4||L||0, +130||L||5 ov||P|
|3/19/2013||BOSTON||3-1||W||0, +135||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/21/2013||WASHINGTON||0-4||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/22/2013||WASHINGTON||1-6||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/24/2013||TAMPA BAY||3-2||W||0, -155||W||6 un||U|
|3/26/2013||at CAROLINA||4-1||W||0, +115||W||6 un||U|
|3/28/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|4/1/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
|4/2/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|4/4/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|3/2/2013||at MONTREAL||7-6||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||O|
|3/4/2013||TAMPA BAY||4-3||W||0, -170||W||6 ov||O|
|3/7/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||5-4||W||0, -135||W||6.5 un||O|
|3/9/2013||at TORONTO||5-4||W||0, -140||W||6 un||O|
|3/10/2013||NY ISLANDERS||6-1||W||0, -170||W||6 un||O|
|3/12/2013||BOSTON||3-2||W||0, -130||W||5.5 ov||U|
|3/14/2013||at TORONTO||3-1||W||0, -140||W||6 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||NY RANGERS||3-0||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/17/2013||BOSTON||2-1||W||0, -135||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/19/2013||WASHINGTON||2-1||W||0, -215||W||6 un||U|
|3/22/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||4-2||W||0, -165||W||6 un||P|
|3/24/2013||PHILADELPHIA||2-1||W||0, -200||W||6 ov||U|
|3/26/2013||MONTREAL||1-0||W||0, -155||W||5.5 ev||U|
|3/30/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|4/3/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
|4/5/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
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.
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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (WINNIPEG-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Recasts with Penguins' trade for Iginla)
*Jets-Penguins Preview* =======================
Winnipeg (18-14-2) at Pittsburgh (26-8-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT
While the Pittsburgh Penguins wait for Evgeni Malkin to return, they're certainly loading up on reinforcements elsewhere.
After pulling off their third trade of the week - this one a stunning blockbuster to land Calgary captain Jarome Iginla - the Penguins will try to extend the second-longest winning streak in team history to 14 games on Thursday night against the visiting Winnipeg Jets.
Malkin's absence from Pittsburgh's last nine games with an upper-body injury hasn't slowed the Penguins, who have had the look of a defensive juggernaut since the league's reigning MVP left the lineup. Pittsburgh (26-8-0) has allowed nine goals total in those nine victories, the latest a 1-0 win over Montreal on Tuesday as Sidney Crosby's tally was the difference.
"I think everyone has bought into what we're doing here," defenseman Brooks Orpik said. "Even our high-profile production guys like Sid. They're putting team goals way ahead of individual goals. We all realized what our ultimate goal here is."
If that goal wasn't already spelled out with the Penguins reeling off the NHL's longest winning streak since New Jersey's 13-game run in 2001, it's become crystal clear with the moves of the past five days. General manager Ray Shero kicked off his shopping spree Sunday by acquiring Stars captain Brenden Morrow, grabbed hulking defenseman Douglas Murray from San Jose on Monday, then landed the biggest fish of all early Thursday morning by getting Iginla from Calgary.
"We're all in. We want to win," Shero told the team's official website after the deal was made. "The team on paper doesn't mean too much. We have to do it on the ice."
Hours earlier, the 525-goal scorer was reported to have been dealt to Boston, but instead he's heading to Pittsburgh - a destination he apparently preferred when general manager Jay Feaster presented him with three options.
It's highly unlikely Iginla will be on the ice Thursday, meaning Saturday's visit from the Islanders is his likely Penguins debut.
Morrow debuted Tuesday on the Penguins' second line with Dustin Jeffrey and James Neal, but could have a new center as soon as Malkin is back. When that will be isn't completely clear, though Malkin has been working out for over a week and was considered a possibility to play Tuesday until shortly before faceoff.
Defenseman Kris Letang won't be back for seven to 10 days after breaking his toe against the Canadiens in what was his first game back after a three-game absence. But Murray should don a Penguins sweater for the first time against the Southeast Division-leading Jets (18-14-2).
Crosby is hoping he'll fit right in with a unit that's been lights-out since a six-game stretch from Feb. 26-March 9 in which it gave up 27 goals.
"There are times we haven't played our best, but our focus has been strong defensively," said Crosby, who leads the NHL with 54 points.
In the process, the Penguins have become comfortable playing the kind of tight-checking, playoff-style hockey that portends a very promising spring. The Canadiens outshot Pittsburgh 37-25 on Tuesday night and spent long stretches in the offensive zone.
Yet Marc-Andre Fleury was spectacular while stopping 22 shots and Tomas Vokoun proved every bit Fleury's equal when forced into spot duty in the third period after Fleury left with an undisclosed injury. Fleury was being evaluated Wednesday and his status for Thursday is uncertain, though coach Dan Bylsma said Vokoun will start.
Though Pittsburgh insists it's not focused on making a run at the NHL-record 17-game winning streak put together by the 1992-93 Penguins, with some very winnable games on the horizon, it looks like it has a chance.
"We're all aware of where we're at," Orpik said. "We aren't trying to put anything to it, to be honest. We're just trying to play the right way."
The Jets handed Pittsburgh one of its eight losses with a 4-2 home win Jan. 25 before the Penguins came away with a 3-1 victory in another matchup in Winnipeg on Feb. 15.
Winnipeg, though, is 0-9-2 in its last 11 visits to Pittsburgh, and the Penguins have scored eight, eight and six goals in the last three meetings on their own ice.
The Jets come to town looking for a third straight win after posting a 4-1 victory at Carolina on Tuesday to open a stretch of five of six games on the road, where they're 10-6-2.
"I'd like to be able to say we can build on it and go. We'll see," coach Claude Noel said. "We're going into Pittsburgh. They're a formidable opponent. ... We've still got to get points. We've got to win games.
"We've got a tough opponent coming Thursday so we'll try to deal with that."
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 8:51:29 PM EST|