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The last game of the year and the last game of the decade go down tonight in Colorado as the Winnipeg Jets, who at this time ten years ago weren’t even in Winnipeg take on Central divisional rival Colorado Avalanche, who ten years ago weren’t even in the Central division.

Hockey is kind of crazy sometimes. What is also crazy is both of these teams have struggled a fair bit over the last five games and both sides should be desperate for a win, so we could have some good hockey coming our way to close out 2019.

Winnipeg Jets (21-15-3 / 4th Central)
@
Colorado Avalanche (23-12-2 / 2nd Central)

Dec 31, 2019 – Puck drop: 7:00 PM CST
Pepsi Center – Denver, CO
TV: TSN 3 – Radio: TSN 1290

@ STL 4-1 L Last Game @ DAL 3-2 SOL
 1-3-1 (1 L) Last 5 Games 1-3-1 (1 OTL)
SCHEIFELE / CONNOR – 17 Goal Leader Nathan MacKinnon – 22
SCHEIFELE / LAINE – 23 Assist Leader Nathan MacKinnon – 34
MARK SCHEIFELE – 40 Points Leader Nathan MacKinnon – 56
18.49% (18th) The Power Play 18.18% (19th)
72.34% (31st) The Penalty Kill 79.84% (20th)
Connor Hellebuyck
(17-11-3 / .923 SV%)
Starting Goalie Philipp Grubauer
(10-8-3 / .915 SV%)
L @ STL (24-27 / .889 SV%) Last Goalie Start OTL @ DAL (38-40 / .950 SV%)
11-7-1 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 10-6-2 AT HOME

Last Avalanche Game

Despite a fantastic effort in goal from Philipp Grubauer and a third period lead, the Colorado Avalanche couldn’t close the deal yet again, this time against the Dallas Stars who tied things up in the final frame and then beat the Avalanche in the shootout.

Fun Avalanche Facts…

  • Nathan MacKinnon has 458 career points, tied with Paul Stastny for ninth place in franchise history and fifth place in Avalanche history. His next goal will tie him with Matt Duchene (178) for eighth in franchise history (fifth in Colorado history).
  • Ian Cole has a four-game point streak, one shy of tying his career high (March 29–April 7, 2015).
  • Colorado is 10-4-2 in its last 16 games, which included a season-best nine-game point streak (8-0-1) from Nov. 27 to Dec. 13. They are 7-4-2 in December and will finish with their third straight “winning” month after going 8-2-2 in October and 8-6-0 in November. The last time the Avalanche started a season with three straight months above .500 was in 2010-11.

What They’re Saying…

Let’s do some math. If MacKinnon plays as many games as Forsberg, he could record 655 points. At Hejduk games, he’s have 943. In Sakic years, he’d be at 1,274.

Please let him play as many games for the Colorado Avalanche as Sakic did for the franchise.

Nathan MacKinnon On Pace for Career Year Again – Mile High Sticking

Last Jets Game

Not good. Not good at all. At least the fourth line scored a pretty, hard working goal. That was it for the positives though as the Blues swept the weekend home and home series against the Winnipeg Jets with a 4-1 win on Sunday.

Fun Jets Facts…

  • The Jets are 6-4-2 against divisional opponents this season and 14-8-2 against the Western Conference this season.
  • road…Winnipeg hasn’t lost consecutive games in regulation on the road this season, but are 1-3-1 in their past five games away from Bell MTS Place and have been held to two goals or less in each of the four losses.
  • The Jets have points in 13 of their past 17 games (9-4-4) against the Avalanche, but are 0-3-1 in the past four meetings.
  • Winnipeg has played hockey on New Year’s Eve in each of the last six years, the last two NYE games having been played in Edmonton, both wins. Overall the Jets are 4-3-0 on NYE games since moving north to Winnipeg.

What We’re Saying…

The Jets power play has quietly been getting better as we’ve gone along with this season and while there are still some kinks to work out – like Neal Pionk needing to get the puck to Patrik Laine with a little more urgency than “snail speed” with his passes – it’s gone 9 for 32 over the last 10 games. That 28.12% success rate would put it among the league’s best as they’ve managed to score in five of the last seven games played.

WTWF: Jets Close Out 2019 In Colorado


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Colorado Avalanche Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Gabriel Landeskog
GABRIEL LANDESKOG

Rating: 76.5#17 LW

Nathan Mackinnon
NATHAN MACKINNON

Rating: 83.7#1 C

Mikko Rantanen
MIKKO RANTANEN

Rating: 79.9#4 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 80.03#2 FL1
Andre Burakovsky
ANDRE BURAKOVSKY

Rating: 73.3#54 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 74.2#54 C

Joonas Donskoi
JOONAS DONSKOI

Rating: 73.4#49 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.64#18 FL2
Valeri Nichushkin
VALERI NICHUSHKIN

Rating: 72.6#68 LW

Pierre-Édouard Bellemare
PIERRE-ÉDOUARD BELLEMARE

Rating: 72.1#75 C

Matt Calvert
MATT CALVERT

Rating: 73.7#44 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.80#8 FL3
Tyson Jost
TYSON JOST

Rating: 72.0#100 LW

JT Compher
JT COMPHER

Rating: 72.1#80 C

Matthew Nieto
MATTHEW NIETO

Rating: 71.1#100 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.73#3 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Samuel Girard
SAMUEL GIRARD

Rating: 73.4#54 LD

Cale Makar
CALE MAKAR

Rating: 75.9#2 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.65#16 DL1
Ryan Graves
RYAN GRAVES

Rating: 74.0#5 LD

Erik Johnson
ERIK JOHNSON

Rating: 73.2#44 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.57#15 DL2
Nikita Zadorov
NIKITA ZADOROV

Rating: 72.1#83 LD

Ian Cole
IAN COLE

Rating: 74.4#33 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.24#7 DL3
GOALIES
Philipp Grubauer
PHILIPP GRUBAUER

Rating: 68.0#31 G1

Pavel Francouz
PAVEL FRANCOUZ

Rating: 68.7#26 G2

 

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 77.5#13 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 78.5#16 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 75.5#25 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.14#9 FL1
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 75.0#32 LW

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 75.8#19 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 70.5#104 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.79#15 FL2
Gabriel Bourque
GABRIEL BOURQUE

Rating: 69.2#133 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 71.1#131 C

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 71.6#113 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.63#29 FL3
Jansen Harkins
JANSEN HARKINS
Nick Shore
NICK SHORE

Rating: 70.8#141 C

Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON

Rating: 71.0#97 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.92#15 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 74.7#23 LD

Tucker Poolman
TUCKER POOLMAN

Rating: 72.0#72 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.38#24 DL1
Luca Sbisa
LUCA SBISA

Rating: 71.7#88 LD

Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK

Rating: 73.4#38 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.53#25 DL2
Anthony Bitetto
ANTHONY BITETTO

Rating: 71.0#102 LD

Nathan Beaulieu
NATHAN BEAULIEU

Rating: 72.0#73 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.50#20 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 72.3#9 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 65.8#49 G2