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Game #42 Preview/Gamethread: Frozen tundra, hot Jets

Dec 2, 2022; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jack Roslovic (96) and Winnipeg Jets goalie David Rittich (33) look for the puck during the third period at Canada Life Centre. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 8:00 PM ET
Canada Life Centre, Winnipeg, MB
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM

Columbus Blue Jackets (13-19-9, 35 points, 8th Metro, 15th East)


Winnipeg Jets (26-9-4, 56 points, 1st Central, 1st West)

It’s frigid this time of year in Winnipeg. Luckily for Jets fans, their team is not cold. In fact, they are the hottest team in the NHL right now. Just in time for them to get a visit from the Blue Jackets.

Player to Watch

Cole Sillinger

After a rough sophomore campaign and a slow start to this season, Sillinger has started to heat up. He is 6-2-8 in his last 10 games, including a hat trick. He has also come to life away from the puck, showing solid play in the neutral and defensive zones. He is 48.1% from the faceoff dot in that same 10-game span – that’s not great, but it’s certainly an improvement on his career numbers.

Are we finally seeing Cole turn the corner?

Jackets Notes

The Jackets have not lost two consecutive games in regulation since they dropped four in a row from November 14-19 … Jenner has started to skate with the team. He’s wearing a protective cage and could still be a few weeks away, but that’s still a good sign. It seems likely he will be healthy for the all-star game … Kuraly and Laine have not started skating yet – the latter is likely still a couple of weeks away … No word on Blankenburg, but it seems likely he will be heading back to Cleveland when healthy, barring any other defensive injuries.

The Other Bench

No Kyle Connor? No problem. Winnipeg’s star (and most underrated) player has been out of the lineup with a knee injury. The Jets have decided to go streaking anyway. They are 8-0-2 in their last 10 games and have only 1 regulation loss in their last 17. They now sit in first place in the league standings. Not bad for a team that some thought would be sellers.

Season Series

01/09/24 CBJ @ WPG
03/17/24 WPG @ CBJ


3.38 (9)GPG3.05 (19)
2.38 (1)GAPG3.63 (30)
17.6 (23)PP%14.9 (25)
75.2 (26)PK%80.2 (16)
52.08 (9)5v5 Shot Attempt %46.76 (25)
52.28 (7)5v5 Unblocked Shot Attempt %46.95 (25)
9.34 (10)5v5 Shooting %10.1 (3)
93.86 (1)5v5 Save %90.99 (19)
Kyle Connor, 17G LeaderK. Marchenko, B. Jenner, 13
Mark Scheifele, 26A LeaderZach Werenski, 24
Mark Scheifele, 40P LeaderZ. Werenski, J. Gaudreau, 25
Brenden Dillon, 49PIM LeaderErik Gudbranson, 51
8-0-2Last 103-3-4

Projected Lines

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny GaudreauAdam FantilliJustin Danforth
Yegor ChinakhovJack RoslovicKirill Marchenko
Emil BemstromCole SillingerKent Johnson
Alexandre TexierDmitri VoronkovMathieu Olivier
Damon SeversonAdam Boqvist
Ivan ProvorovDavid Jiricek
Jake BeanErik Gudbranson
Elvis Merzlikins
Spencer Martin

Winnipeg Jets

Nikolaj EhlersMark ScheifeleGabriel Vilardi
Cole PerfettiVladislav NamestnikovAlex Iafallo
Nino NeiderreiterAdam LowryMason Appleton
Morgan BarronDominic ToninatoAxel Jonsson-Fjallby
Josh MorrisseyDylan Demelo
Brenden DillonNeal Pionk
Dylan SambergNate Schmidt
Connor Hellebuyck
Laurent Brossoit