The Central Division meets the Atlantic Division this afternoon as the Winnipeg Jets grapple with the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. The Jets enter this game off a 5-2 loss to the Senators on the road, while the Sabres are off a 3-1 home win over the Red Wings.
The Jets Can’t Find Their Offense
A few games ago, the Winnipeg Jets scored nine goals in a 9-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Since then, they have played three games, lost them all and have scored a total of six goals in those three games. Their offense has done a disappearing act of late. Despite losing their last three games, the Jets have still been able to hold their one-point lead over the Predators in the Central Division. The Jets have now scored a total of 14 goals in their last nine losses, compared to scoring 49 goals over their last 10 wins. That is amazing. The Jets enter this game off a 5-12 loss to the Senators on the road and scoring in the loss was Bryan Little, which was his 14th of the year and Brendan Lemieux, which was his 9th.
Absorbing the loss to the Senators was Laurent Brossoit, who allowed five goals on 32 shot attempts to fall to 10-4 with a 2.30 GAA on the year. Connor Hellebuyck will get the nod in this one and he has gone 24-17 with a 2.91 GAA on the year, including 9-9 with a 3.02 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 1-2 with a 3.00 GAA against the Sabres. The Jets have gone 14-11 on the road and they have averaged 2.88 gpg and have allowed 3.05 gpg in those games. Winnipeg enters this game ranked 4th in the league in power play conversions at 26.0% and 16th in penalty kill at 79.9%.
Can The Sabres Win Two In A Row?
The Buffalo Sabres have not played well at all since their 10-games winning streak as they have gone 10-19 over their last 29 games. Over that stretch, they have won two games in a row just once, but they have not accomplished that feat in their last eight games when coming off a win. They will look to end that in this one and they have a chance as the Jets have struggled over their last three games. Buffalo enters this game off a 3-1 home win over the Red Wings and scoring in the win was Conor Sheary, which was his 9th of the year, Casey Mittelstadt, which was his 8th, and Kyle Okposo, which was his 10th. The Sabres are currently in 10th place in the Eastern Conference and just two points out of the 8th spot.
Snatching up the win against the Red Wings was Linus Ullmark, who stopped 28 of the 29 shots that he faced to improve to 12-9 with a 2.97 GAA on the year. Carter Hutton will get the nod in this one and he has gone 15-8 with a 2.86 GAA on the year, including 10-7 with a 2.50 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 5-5 with a 2.02 GAA against the Jets. Buffalo has gone 16-11 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.15 gpg and have allowed 3.04 gpg in those games. The Sabres check in ranked 17th in power play conversions at 18.8% and 9th in penalty kill at 82.0%.
- 28-57 in their last 85 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 20-61 in their last 81 vs. the Central
- 12-2 in their last 14 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation
- 27-12 in their last 39 vs. the Eastern Conferenc