Gameday #4: @ Winnipeg Jets

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS @ Winnipeg Jets

MTS Centre, 8:00PM, Root Sports

You may have heard this at some point in the last two years, but it gets cold in Winnipeg in the winter.

The Pens have made two significant changes to the lineup. Tyler Kennedy will be skating with Malkin-Neal (with Tanner Glass moving to the third line and Eric Tangradi moving down to the fourth line), and Ben Lovejoy is in the lineup in place of Simon Despres. Further, Tomas Vokoun will be in the net for the Pens. Get more info here. 

Last year the Penguins went 3-1-0 against the newly constituted Jets, and in two of those games the Pens posted 8 goals. Generally speaking this is a team that the Pens have had good success against and see no reason why that should change this year.

Winnipeg’s fans still seem to be just as ravenous as they were last year.

My bold prediction is that this (and the one other time the Pens come to Winnipeg) will be the farthest west the Pens will travel all year, or in other words, if the Pens make it to the SCF, I think they’re going to play someone from the Central Division (personally I think it will be Chicago). In some ways I hope this becomes a reality and in some ways I hope not (as in the Penguins never play anyone from the Western Conference this year).

The Jets have had an uninspired season so far but they did pick up their first win on Wednesday against the much maligned Capitals. The future of the Jets revolves around Evander Kane he’s pretty good so the Pens defense will need to show up and keep him off the scoresheet.

Time to get back on track. Go Pens.

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