Game Preview: Capitals @ Jets

With the NHL Trade Deadline 2 weeks away, the playoff races are beginning to take shape around the NHL.  The games are becoming more intense, and every point up for grabs down the stretch is critical.  After a brief 1-1 home stint, the Capitals hit the road for a 4-game road trip.  The Capitals will see a heavy dose of the Central Division over the next week.  Their first stop is in Winnipeg on Tuesday evening.  Puck drop is at 8 PM ET on NBC Sports Washington.

WINNIPEG JETS

The Jets are in a competitive Central Division race with Nashville, St. Louis, and Dallas.  Only 5 points separates these 4 clubs in the standings.

The Jets are currently in the middle of a 10-game homestand.  They have gone 3-2-1 so far on this lengthy home stint.  They have dropped their last 2 games at home to St. Louis and the New York Rangers.

Leading the way for the Jets is forward Blake Wheeler.  Wheeler, 31, has recorded 14 goals and 60 points in 56 games.  He has netted 4 points in his last 4 games.  Connor Hellebuyck has taken the top spot in net for the Jets in 2017-18.  Hellebuyck is having an outstanding season.  He has recorded 28 wins, a 2.35 GAA, and .923 SV%.

The Jets have plenty of young talented players.  Young forwards Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers seem to make the NHL’s highlight reels every night with their incredible skating and awesome goal scoring.  Laine currently leads all Jets skaters with 25 goals.

Despite their last couple of losses at home, the Jets are dominating the opposition on home ice.  They have won 20 out of 27 games at the very noisy Bell MTS Place this season.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

The Capitals played one of their worst periods of hockey all season against Detroit on Sunday, but followed it up with one of their best periods of hockey.

The Capitals fourth line had a very good performance for the Capitals, and it prompted Barry Trotz to have that line out on the ice late in the third period on Sunday.  Jay Beagle recorded 2 assists in the game versus the Wings.

The Capitals are set to embark on a 4-game road trip.  After the trip to Winnipeg, the Capitals will visit Minnesota, Chicago, and Buffalo.  The Capitals’ Dads will take part on this road trip, as they will join the team in Minnesota and Chicago.

Some good news for the Capitals is that Nicklas Backstrom is heating up.  He recorded his 200th career goal against Columbus last Tuesday, and netted another goal against Detroit on Sunday.  He has 3 goals and 4 points in his last 4 games.

SKATE SHAVINGS

Here is Jay Beagle reflecting on the Capitals performance on Sunday versus Detroit:

A LOOK BACK IN TIME

Back on November 1, 2016, the Capitals visited the Jets.  The Capitals claimed a 3-2 victory in that game.  Two nights later in Washington, the Capitals claimed a 4-3 overtime victory against the Jets.

By: George Foussekis

About George Foussekis

I am a sports fanatic. I love hockey and football, and I enjoy writing about my two favorite sports. I am a proud Old Dominion University alum.
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5 Responses to Game Preview: Capitals @ Jets

  1. I’ve lost count of how many games where I couldn’t tell whether the Teacher’s Pet (Nicklas Backstrom) is on the ice or not…The local media have no problem lampooning Ovechkin when he has lapses. But poker faced Backstrom gets a pass game after game and week after week when he comes up small in big moments against stiff competition. You just CAN’T have that from someone you describe as a superstar player…especially if your ambition is to get past the second round (and Pittsburgh) to win Lord Stanley’s Cup…

    End,
    Clifford
    Sta. Monica

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    • ered says:

      $6.7 and he has 13 goals?on pace to not even crack 20?plays little d and can’t win at the dots?$ well spent b-mac!!!the craps continue to leak draft picks and over spend.i smell another early exit from the playoffs!thats why teddy keeps jacking up ticket prices;to make up for lost playoff revenue!!

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  2. Ron Steier says:

    Hopefully They have sent Darryl Sutter an invite. He should be hired as a special advisor to McClellan. Won 2 Cups with similar or less talented teams in my opinion. They need to do something different to get over the playoff bump.

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  3. Pingback: News and Notes from Tuesday’s Capitals Morning Skate in Winnipeg: Who Will Be Scratched? And Is Alex Ovechkin Watching This Year’s Olympics? | NoVa Caps

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