Where: PPG Paints Arena
When: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 7:00 pm ET
We have a non-conference NHL matchup to consider for Tuesday night when the Winnipeg Jets meet the Pittsburgh Penguins. Winnipeg is off to a 1-2 start to their season and their probable starting goaltender for Tuesday night is Connor Hellebuyck. Pittsburgh is 1-1 on the season and their probable starting netminder against the Jets is Matt Murray.
Winnipeg Winding Up Four Game Road TripWinnipeg ends a four-game road trip Tuesday night and you can bet the lads will be ready to go home and play in front of their rabid fanbase. It’s been a difficult trip for the Jets and the best they can hope for is to win against the Penguins and end their road trip with a 2-2 record. Winnipeg is coming off a Sunday night loss to the New York Islanders by a score of 4-1. Patrick Laine scored the lone Jets goal and goaltender Laurent Brossoit turned back 29 of the 33 shots he faced to even his record at 1-1 this season.
Hellebuyck (0-1, 5.07) got his season off to a rocky start by allowing the New York Rangers to score five goals on 31 shots in a 6-4 loss to the Rangers in regulation. That isn’t a good thing to have to happen when battling for the number one goaltending spot and Hellebuyck will have at least one more opportunity against a Penguins club that has scored eight goals in their last two games.
Malkin and Bjugstad Listed as Day to DayPittsburgh is off to a 1-1 start to their season and pulled out the big lumber in their Saturday night, 7-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jared McCann and Patric Hornqvist each scored a pair of goals for the Penguins and Teddy Blueger, Kris Letang and Marcus Pettersson each tallied lone goals for the victorious Penguins. Goaltender Matt Murray had a fantastic outing, turning back 28 of the 30 shots he faced for his first victory of the season.
The win against Columbus came with a price as Evgeni Malkin left the game in the second period with an undisclosed lower-body injury and is listed as day to day for this game. Nick Bjugstad was also injured in the Columbus game and is day to day with an undisclosed injury.
Murray (1-1, 2.55) has been solid this season, allowing just five goals on 71 shot attempts and has locked in the Penguins number one goaltending job. Corsica Hockey doesn’t view Murray as favorably as what he records would lead us to believe and has a 92.84 xSV% with a 0.01 GAAA this season. Murray is up against a Winnipeg offense that has generated nine goals over their three games this season.
- Penguins are 116-54 in their last 170 games as a home favorite.
- Penguins are 122-57 in their last 179 home games.
- Jets are 2-8 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Jets are 2-8 in their last 10 overall.