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Winnipeg Jets Gameday Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning

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It’s a weekend full of Winnipeg Jets hockey as the team gears up to take on the second half of their Florida back-to-back, hoping to earn another win as they face the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight (March 12). The Jets have been struggling as of late, going 3-5-2 in their last 10 games. This stretch is sure to be no easy feat as after the team plays tonight, they will then take on the division-leading Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins.

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The Lightning will also be playing two games in a row, coming off a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. With only 16 games remaining in the regular season for the Jets, the odds are still in their favour when it comes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but nothing is for certain just yet. Let’s get into what you can expect for tonight’s game. 

Winnipeg Jets Projected Lines


Kyle Connor – Mark Scheifele –  Nino Niederreiter

Nikolaj Ehlers – Vladislav Namestnikov – Blake Wheeler

Morgan Barron – Kevin Stenlund – Mason Appleton

 Axel Jonsson-Fjallby – David Gustafsson – Saku Maenalanen


Brenden Dillon – Neal Pionk

Dylan Samberg – Dylan DeMelo

Logan Stanley – Nate Schmidt

Starting Goalie

David Rittich

Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lines


Brandon Hagel – Brayden Point –  Nikita Kucherov

Ross Colton – Anthony Cirelli – Alex Killorn

Michael Eyssimont – Nicholas Paul – Tanner Jeannot 

Patrick Maroon – Pierre-Édouard Bellemare (Game-time decision) – Corey Perry


Victor Hedman – Nick Perbix 

Mikhail Sergachev – Zach Bogosian

Ian Cole – Erik Cernak

Starting Goalie

Andrei Vasilevskiy

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Jets’ Playoff Destiny Questionable With 16 Games Remaining

As of March 8, TSN reported that the Jets have about a 74 percent chance of qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but to keep that up they need to continue winning games – something they have been struggling to do. The Jets have won two of their last nine games, including last night’s overtime win. 

The team does have Connor Hellebucyk to rely on in goal who currently ranks sixth in the league in wins and is tied for sixth in save percentage. Having a steady goalie is always a good thing, but he can’t be the only piece on the team that is consistently reliable. 

Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Jets also have their star players living up to their potential like Josh Morrissey who is having the best season of his…

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