7:09 pm
December 4

Jets @ Islanders

Who will WIN this matchup?

Winnipeg Jets (16-8-2)

@ New York Islanders (13-9-3)


Starting Goalies:

Connor Hellebuyck (WPG): Confirmed

Thomas Greiss (NYI): Confirmed


Current odds:

Winnipeg Jets: (-135)

New York Islanders: (+115)


 The New York Islanders hope a return to their former home will spark a winning streak after dropping four of the previous six games, and after Saturday’s emotional victory over Columbus at Nassau Coliseum they are back at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday to host the Winnipeg Jets. The Islanders rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the first game at their old home since 2015, earning a 3-2 win New York hopes will spark an offense that netted four goals in its previous four defeats.

• Winnipeg, which has made a habit of blowing late leads, rallied from a 3-0 deficit after two periods to top the Rangers 4-3 on Sunday, getting the shootout winner from NHL First Star of the Week Mark Scheifele. “It wasn’t the start we wanted, but a great third (period),” Scheifele told the media afterward. “We had our chances and we capitalized on them, so we are happy with that.”

• Scheifele finished last week with five goals and three assists in four games, including a career-high tying three assists against Chicago on Thursday and the game-winning overtime tally Saturday at New Jersey. Patrik Laine, named the league’s first star for November, began the week leading the NHL with 21 goals, while Blake Wheeler ranked third in assists (30). One area of concern has been the recent play of goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, a Vezina Trophy finalist last season who has posted a .858 save percentage while going 2-2-0 in his past five appearances.

•  Coach Barry Trotz’s move to start the physical line of Matt Martin, Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas line paid off as the trio set the tone Saturday, before Cizikas scored the go-ahead goal at 7:09 of the third period. Reigning Calder Trophy winner Mathew Barzal continues to struggle, scoring only three goals with a minus-10 rating after finishing with 22 goals one season ago. Thomas Greiss made 28 saves to earn his ninth win Saturday and is 3-1-0 in his past four starts.

• The Islanders started the week 26th in the NHL on the power play at 15.4 percent, while the Jets boast the league’s second-best unit at 29.1 percent.

• Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice has not decided if Hellebuyck or backup Laurent Brossoit will start in goal Tuesday.

• After Tuesday, the Islanders play six of their next nine games away from home, where they are 6-6-1.

StreakSmarter Pick
Winnipeg Jets