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Kraken Game 16 PREVIEW: vs. Winnipeg!

Manitoba’s favorite soap opera appears to have settled things to the point that they can at least enjoy success!

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NHL: Seattle Kraken at Winnipeg Jets Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Need to Knows

The Time: 5pm PT

The Place: Climate Pledge Arena in beautiful Seattle, Washington

Place to Watch: ROOT Northwest

Place to Listen: KJR 93.3FM

An Opposing Viewpoint: Arctic Ice Hockey

Know your Enemy

  • Mark Scheifele is the leading goal-scorer of the Jets with 8 goals in 12 games.
  • He is not however, the leading point-getter; that honor belongs to Josh Morrisey, who is 12 for 12 on points this year, all but one being assists.
  • Pierre-Luc Dubois is the beating heart of the Winnipeg power play; he leads the team in power play points with 5.
  • Connor Hellebuyck is the truth, everybody. 7-2-0 record, .938 SV%...this guy is the Jets this season.

Game Preview

The Jets are a real interesting team. They’re not exactly a robust defensive team, but they’re still in the top 3 of Central Division squads thanks to a dynamite offense led by Blake Wheeler, Pierre-Luc Dubois, and Mark Scheifele, backed up by Connor Hellebuyck; once again playing like a finalist for the Vezina trophy.

But here’s the thing: if you can slice through that defense and solve Hellebuyck (or David Rittich, who is an infinitely easier solve), you can stall the Jets out something fierce. It’s only happened a few times so far this season, but they were not exactly close loses; by three or more each time. The key appears to be either scoring a bunch early, or keeping them from scoring any more than once in the first 40.

Will the Kraken knock the Jets out of the air? Or will the deep feel the bitter cold wrath of Winnipeg?

We’ll find out at 5!