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GAMEDAY: Winnipeg Jets vs New York Islanders

Tuesday, 6 p.m. CT, Barclays Arena. TV: TSN3, Radio: TSN 1290


Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuck vs. Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele

Scheifele has been on an absolute tear lately, scoring five goals and eight points in the last four games and being named the NHL’s first star of the week. Wheeler is third in the league in assists with 30. They are a dynamic duo that is hard to handle and the Islanders top defence pairing will have its work cut out to keep them off the scoreboard. Wheeler leads the Jets with 34 points in 26 games, while Scheifele has 32.

Five keys to the game

Who gets the net?

There’s no question Laurent Brossoit has been the better of the Jets two goalies this season but Connor Hellebuyck is the starter despite some recent struggles. The question for Tuesday is: Does Paul Maurice go with the hotter hand in Brossoit and give Hellebuyck another mental and physical breather or does the put his faith in the 2017-18 Vezina Trophy candidate and allow him to try to work through some of his difficulties while seeing game action?

Laine is due

Sniper Patrik Laine hasn’t scored in two December games after putting up 18 goals in November and being named the NHL’s first star of the month. He’s been getting some chances though and had a shootout goal in Sunday’s win over the Rangers so he won’t likely be held off the score sheet for long.

Heavy minutes

Blue-liners Jacob Trouba, Josh Morrissey and Tyler Myers played huge minutes over the weekend in extra-time wins in New Jersey and New York and they’ll be playing their third game in four nights on Tuesday. How they hold up under that stress could be key to the Jets success or lack thereof.

Fourth-line production

The line of Jack Roslovic, Matthieu Perreault and Mason Appleton produced goals in both New Jersey and New York, played with tremendous pace and looked dangerous. It added a new element to a Jets team that already has among the most dangerous top-six forwards in the league.

New-look Islanders

The Islanders are playing pretty well under new Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz, despite losing star centre and captain John Tavares to free agency. They have been solid defensively but aren’t nearly as explosive as they were last year offensively. Rookie of the year Mathew Barzal is off to a bit of a slow start, with only three goals and a minus-10 rating.


Winnipeg Jets


Kyle Connor-Mark Scheifele-Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers-Bryan Little-Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp-Adam Lowry-Brandon Tanev

Mathieu Perreault-Jack Roslovic-Mason Appleton


Josh Morrissey-Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot-Sami Niku

Cam Schilling-Tyler Myers


Laurent Brossoit

Connor Hellebuyck

New York Islanders


Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier-Mathew Barzal-Josh Bailey

Tom Kuhnhackl-Valterri Filppula-Leo Komarov

Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck


Nick Leddy-Johnny Boychuk

Thomas Hickey-Ryan Pulock

Adam Pelech-Scott Mayfield


Thomas Greiss

Robin Lehner


Jets: D Dustin Byfuglien (concussion, IR), D Dmitry Kulikov (upper body, IR), D Joe Morrow (lower body, week-to-week, IR)

Islanders: LW Andrew Ladd (lower body, IR)

Special Teams


Winnipeg: 29.1% (2nd)

New York: 15.4% (26th)


Winnipeg 82.1% (8th)

New York: 78.5% (18th)

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