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Game Day Set-Up: Blackhawks @ Jets

Hawks at Jets

When: Sunday, March 29, 2015

Time: 6:30 p.m. CST

Where: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Records: Winnipeg Jets (39-24-12, 90 points, 7th in West), Chicago Blackhawks (44-24-6, 94 points, 4th in West)

Television/Radio: CITY, WGN/ TSN 1290 Radio

On the Horizon: Tuesday, March 31st at home against the New York Rangers (7:00 p.m. CST)

Last Game: 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens

Top Scorers:

Winnipeg Jets: Andrew Ladd (24 goals, 35 assists, 59 points), Blake Wheeler (24 goals, 34 assists, 58 points), Bryan Little (24 goals, 27 assists, 51 points), Mark Scheifele (14 goals, 32 assists, 46 points), Dustin Byfuglien (16 goals, 27 assists, 43 points)

Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (27 goals, 37 assists, 64 points), Jonathan  Toews (24 goals, 37 assists, 61 points), Marian Hossa (21 goals, 33 assists, 54 points), Brandon Saad (22 goals, 25 assists, 47 points), Duncan Keith (8 goals, 34 assists, 42 points)

Game Day Notes:

– Tonight is the second game of a four game home stand for Winnipeg. The Jets are 12-2-2 in their last 16 home games.

– The Jets are 6-1-0 in their last seven games.

– Jets Season Home Record: 21-11-5

– The Jets have a record of 14-7-4 against teams in the Central Division this year

– The Jets have a record of 27-1-6 when leading after two periods.

– The Jets have a record of 1-19-4 when trailing after two periods.

– The Jets have a record of 22-12-6 when they outshoot their opponent.

– The Jets have scored 9 shorthanded goals this year (Tied for 1st in NHL)

– Chicago’s Season Road Record: 22-14-1

– The Blackhawks lost their last game 5-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets and have a record of 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.

– This is the fifth and final of meeting of the season between the Jets and Blackhawks. The Jets have won three of the meetings this year.

Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal for the Jets tonight. It will be Pavelec’s seventh start in eight games. In 44 games this season, Pavelec has a record of 19-14-7 with a .919 save percentage, two shutouts and 2.35 Goals Against Average. Pavelec has won his last six starts.

– Jets forward Mathieu Perreault was activated off Injured Reserve on Sunday will return to the line-up tonight. Perreault has been out of the Jets line-up since February 16th. Perreault will skate on the team’s fourth line with Chris Thorburn and Matt Halischuk.

Bryan Little (upper body) is getting closer to returning from injury but will not play tonight. Little has missed the last 10 games.

Corey Crawford is expected to start in goal for the Blackhawks tonight. In 52 games this season, Crawford has a record of 30-17-5 with a 2.29 goals against average and .923 save percentage.

– Red Hot for the Jets: Drew Stafford is on a eight game points streak (four goals, six assists)

– Red Hot for the Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews has three goals and four assists in the last seven games.

– Milestone Watch: Chris Thorburn is three games away from 600 career games played.

– The Blackhawks average 2.70 goals for/game, 17th in the NHL. The Jets average 2.73 goals for/game, 15th in the NHL.

– The Blackhawks average 2.28 goals against/game, 3rd in the NHL. The Jets average 2.56 goals against/game, 13th in the NHL.

– Defenseman Tyler Myers leads all Jets in ice time, averaging 24:36 of ice time per game.

– Defenseman Duncan Keith leads all Blackhawks in ice time, averaging 25:34 of ice time per game.

– Blackhawks Top Face-off Guy: Jonathan Toews (56.5%)

– Jets Top Face-off Guy: Jim Slater (58.2%)

Special Teams Breakdown:

– Chicago PP (18.0%, 19th in NHL), Chicago PK (85.2%, 4th in NHL)

– Winnipeg PP (18.5%, 14th in NHL), Winnipeg PK (81.8%, 12th in NHL)

Projected Winnipeg Jets Line Combinations:

Andrew Ladd- Adam Lowry- Michael Frolik
Blake Wheeler- Mark Scheifele- Drew Stafford
Jiri Tlusty- Jim Slater- Lee Stempniak
Chris Thorburn- Mathieu Perreault- Matt Halischuk

Tobias Enstrom- Tyler Myers
Mark Stuart- Jacob Trouba
Adam Pardy- Dustin Byfuglien

Ondrej Pavelec
Michael Hutchinson

Healthy Scratches: TJ Galiardi, Anthony Peluso, Jay Harrison, Eric O’Dell

Projected Chicago Blackhawks Line Combinations:

Kris Versteeg- Jonathan Toews- Marian Hossa
Antoine Vermette- Brad Richards- Patrick Sharp
Brandon Saad- Andrew Shaw- Bryan Bryan Bickell
Andrew Desjardins- Marcus Kruger- Teuvo Teravainen

Kimmo Timonen- Brent Seabrook
Duncan Keith- Michael Rozsival
Johnny Oduya- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Corey Crawford
Antti Raanta

Healthy Scratches: David Rundblad

Injury Report:

Chicago Blackhawks: Daniel Carcillo (upper body), Joakim Nordstrom (upper body), Patrick Kane (upper body), Trevor van Riemsdyk (knee)

Winnipeg JetsGrant Clitsome (back surgery, indefinitely),  Ben Chiarot (surgery, IR), Bryan Little (upper body), Paul Postma (upper body)