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Vancouver Canucks vs. Winnipeg Jets Preview and Predictions 11-08-2019


The Vancouver Canucks will try to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season and end an eight-game slide against Winnipeg when they visit the Jets on Friday. Vancouver was on a 5-0-3 run until Thursday's 5-2 loss at Chicago, and hope to defeat Winnipeg for the first time since Dec. 20, 2016.

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Winnipeg's challenging season got worse during Tuesday's 2-1 shootout loss to New Jersey as center Bryan Little was hospitalized after being struck by teammate Nikolaj Ehlers' slap shot and sustaining a perforated eardrum. "At the end of the year, the battle-tested teams are the teams that end up winning," Jets captain Blake Wheeler told reporters. "That's kind of where I ultimately get to every day: We're in the fight. This team hasn't given up at all for one single day." Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice will juggle his lines Friday, splitting up Wheeler and Mark Scheifele (team-high 15 points). Wheeler will center the second line with Ehlers (club-most seven goals) and Jack Roslovic while Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor skate with Scheifele on the top unit.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Sportsnet Pacific (Vancouver), TSN3 (Winnipeg)

ABOUT THE CANUCKS (9-4-3): J.T. Miller continues to play well in his first season with Vancouver as he scored for the seventh time this season Thursday, giving him a goal against all 31 NHL teams and tying Brock Boeser for the team lead. Elias Pettersson paces the club with 21 points after recording an assist versus Chicago, giving him 15 points in his last nine games. Thatcher Demko (4-1-0, 1.78 goals-against average, .938 save percentage) is expected to face the Jets for the first time after Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves Thursday.

ABOUT THE JETS (8-7-1): Wheeler recorded 334 points in 327 games from 2015-19 but is a minus-9 with eight points through 16 contests this season. Laine (team-high 11 assists), who scored 110 goals in his first three years, owns just three and hasn't tallied in nine games. Winnipeg would be struggling more without Connor Hellebuyck (6-5-1, 2.41, .930), who is 5-1-0, 1.67, .938 in six career games versus Vancouver.

OVERTIME

1. Jets D Nathan Beaulieu on Tuesday played his first game of the season, recording three hits in 18 minutes, 46 seconds of ice time.

2. Canucks D Christopher Tanev left Thursday's game in the first period with an upper-body injury.

3. Winnipeg is second-last in the league in penalty killing (70.6 percent) while Vancouver sits sixth (86.4) and eighth on the power play at 22.1 percent.

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Last Injuries

Winnipeg Jets

  • Gabriel Bourque

    Lower Body
    Early Dec | I-R

    Bourque has been added to the injured reserve list due to a lower-body injury and is expected to miss at least one month.

  • Connor Hellebuyck

    Rest
    Doub Thurs | doubtful

    Hellebuyck is not expected to take part in Thursday's game versus the Panthers due to a day of rest.

  • Bryan Little

    Ear
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Little has hit the injured reserve list due to perforated eardrum and vertigo symptoms, and it is unclear how much time he will miss.

  • Tucker Poolman

    Migraine
    Prob Fri | probable

    Poolman was held out of the last game with a migraine, but it is expected that he will play against the Canucks on Friday.

  • Nathan Beaulieu

    Upper Body
    Prob Tues | probable

    Beaulieu has been activated from the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury. He is expected to make his season debut Tuesday against the Devils.

Vancouver Canucks

  • Jay Beagle

    Lower Body
    Prob Tues | probable

    Beagle has sat out the previous three games with a lower-body injury, but it is projected that he will play against the Stars on Tuesday.

  • Brandon Sutter

    Groin
    Out Tues | I-R

    Sutter has been placed on the injured reserve list due to a groin strain, and he will not be activated in time for Tuesday's game versus the Stars.

  • Christopher Tanev

    Upper Body
    Doub Fri | doubtful

    Tanev left the last game due to an upper-body injury, and it is unlikely that he will be available Friday versus the Jets.

  • Ashton Sautner

    Upper Body
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Sautner missed the last game with an upper body injury, and it is unclear if he will be ready for Thursday's matchup against the Blackhawks.

  • Quinn Hughes

    Ankle
    Prob Tues | probable

    Hughes missed the last game with a twisted ankle, but he is likely to be available against the Blues on Tuesday.

winnipeg-jets Stats 2019-2020

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Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
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Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Assits
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Player GP GS A APP ASH
Defense
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Shutouts
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Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
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Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS

vancouver-canucks Stats 2019-2020

Offensive
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS