After a couple of very disappointing games, first a 3-0 home loss against the Washington Capitals, and then getting their 4 game road trip off on the wrong foot with a 4-1 loss against the Florida Panthers, the Winnipeg Jets rebounded nicely last night by posting a 2-1 win in Tampa Bay against the every dangerous Steven Stamkos and the Lightning. The Jets received stellar goaltending from Al Montoya, and had goals from Eric Tangradi and Bryan Little, which doubled the team's offensive output from the previous two games.
Looking to build on that victory, and get back on the path to the playoffs, the Jets return to Sunrise, Florida tonight to take on the Panthers yet again. This is the fourth of five times the teams will play each other this season, with the home team winning all 3 meeting thus far. The Jets have been outscored 10-4 in their two visits to Sunrise this year, as home ice advantage seems to work for the Panthers, despite the small crowds.
Both teams are coming off of games last night, but with very different results. Florida was absolutely annihilated by the Caps, by a 7-1 margin as Jacob Markstrom let in the first two shots he faced and got yanked accordingly. That's the same goalie who stopped 30 of 31 shots two days earlier hosting the Jets. It will be interesting to see if Markstrom or Scott Clemmensen get the nod tonight.
Jets Seek To Claw Back at the Panthers in Sunrise
Arctic Ice Hockey | Mar 8