Jets @ Blackhawks Sun Nov 02, 8PM United Center
JETS (5-5-1) AT BLACKHAWKS (6-4-1)
TV: TSN3, WGN
Last 10: Winnipeg 4-5-1; Chicago 5-4-1
Season series: The Chicago Blackhawks went 3-1-0 in four games against the Winnipeg Jets last
season, led by captain Jonathan Toews' two goals and three assists against his hometown team.
Chicago is 8-2-0 in the past 10 games against the Jets' franchise, including five games as the
Atlanta Thrashers. Former Blackhawks forwards Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien each had three
points against their old team last season.
Jets team scope: After starting 1-4-0, including a four-game losing streak, Winnipeg is 4-1-1 in
its past six games after a 1-0 shootout win Saturday at the New York Rangers. Evander Kane scored
the game-deciding goal in the fourth round of the tiebreaker, rewarding goalie Ondrej Pavelec for
a stellar performance. Pavelec allowed one goal in the shootout after stopping all 38 shots he
faced in regulation and overtime. It hasn't been announced whether he'll start against the
Blackhawks, but he has appeared in all 11 games thus far. If backup Michael Hutchinson gets the
call, it will be his second start and third appearance. Hutchinson's first start, Oct. 12 at the
Los Angeles Kings, didn't go well; he allowed three goals on 13 shots before getting pulled.
Blackhawks team scope: Chicago lost 3-2 Saturday at the Toronto Maple Leafs, its fourth loss (all
in regulation) in six games. It's the most regulation defeats the Blackhawks have had this early
in a season since 2010-11. The Blackhawks didn't lose in regulation for the fourth time last
season until their 22nd game and needed 31 games to accrue that many regulation losses in 2012-13,
when they started 21-0-3 on their way to a Stanley Cup championship. Scoring is the main issue,
but coach Joel Quenneville is also displeased with the amount of turnovers Chicago is giving up.
The Blackhawks gave the Maple Leafs some great scoring chances that turned into goals and another
loss, despite outshooting the Maple Leafs 47-27 for the game and 26-7 in the third period.
Starting goalie Corey Crawford returned against Toronto after a two-week injury absence, but
Quenneville hasn't announced who will start against Winnipeg.
This would be a huge game to win, whether Clutchinson or Savelec starts. And if the Jets need to keep winning games by a one goal margin until the scoring starts to show up, doing so against teams like the Blackhawks can only improve the collective mental state of the team.
I might be in the minority on this I'd go with hutch tonight. Pavelec was great last night and has confidence, don't ruin it by playing him tired on a back to back against a team he has struggled against. You might get a great game out of hutch yet and then go from 2 goalies looking for their game to 2 goalies confident and playing at the top of their games. This would be new for the jets and put them in their best situation in net since the team got here.
Gotta agree with other posters about Postma's strong play. I was one who was teeth gnashing about Redmond getting away, but the Postman is trying hard to make me forget.
Hate to rain on your parade but Postma was always the one with the most upside when compared to Redmond. Yes Redmond did finally make an NHL roster but he is still the 7th D man on a pretty weak defensive core in Colorado. Redmond will always be a tweener, not good enough for the NHL but too good for the AHL.
Postma still has the potential to be a top 4 D man in the NHL.
Stay with Pavs tonight, not sense in destroying Hutch in a game the Jets probably will not win.