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Penguins vs Jets: Line Combos and News

The last time the Penguins faced off against the Winnipeg Jets, Sidney Crosby got his 1000th career point!  So far this season, the Winnipeg Jets have been mostly quiet.  In fact, not one fighting major has been handed out yet. In contrast, last season’s games with the Winnipeg Jets were very chaotic affairs.  For a review from my personal hockey blog (Hockey Agenda), click here.

Quick note, Ryan Reaves is from Winnipeg.

These were the lines at practice, yesterday, so the Penguins will most likely go with this forward lineup tonight.  Kris Letang took a maintenance day, yesterday, but was on the ice this morning. it will change the defensive pairings.  Sergei Gonchar is not expected to play.  I wish…

 

 

 

Injury Report:

Justin Schultz is out with a concussion.  Today, the Penguins recalled Frank Corrado.  This will most likely mean that Zach Trotman will be on the third pairing on defense tonight.  Frank Corrado most likely will be the 7th defenseman for depth.  Matt Hunwick and Carter Rowney remain out.

 

 

 

Call Up:

With Schultz and Hunwick on IR, and Zach Trotman already in Pittsburgh, the Penguins called up defenseman Frank Corrado. Corrado, 24, was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs last season for Eric Fehr. Corrado played two games for the Penguins late last season. He was scoreless with a -1 rating. He is an offensive defenseman who struggled to find his footing in the Toronto organization (think Derrick Pouliot), but has a lot of offensive upside.

 

WPG J-E-T-S!

Here’s a quick look at to expect from the Winnipeg Jets:

Nikolaj Ehlers is their most potent offensive threat. He posted his second career hat trick against the Edmonton Oilers on October 9th, in a blow-out 5-2 victory. Going into tonight, he has eight points in seven games (6g, 2a).

Tonight, Matt Hendricks is expected to make his Jets debut.  The veteran center will be holding down the fourth line.  He was activated off injured reserve, yesterday.

The Winnipeg Jets lines will look something like this:

Kyle Connor –  Mark Scheifele –  Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers – Bryan Little –  Patrik Laine

Brandon Tanev – Andrew Copp – Shawn Matthias

Brendan Lemieux – Matt Hendricks – Joel Armia

Defense:

Josh Morrissey  – Jacob Trouba

Tobias Enstrom – Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov – Tyler Myers

In goal:

Connor Hellebuyck (4-0-0. .928 save %. 2.32 GAA).

Kenna James at Blush
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