The Winnipeg Jets are set to visit the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow morning, all whilst showing impressive form.
The Anaheim Ducks have been grappling with serious difficulties this current season, occupying one of the last positions in the league for the number of pucks scored and admitted. Since November, the team has only managed to achieve 4 victories, alongside 18 defeats. In the last match against Toronto, despite the strong goaltending of Lukas Dostal with 55 saves, Anaheim suffered a 1:2 loss, adding to a series of lacklustre performances. The team's recent record stands at a disappointing 4-18-1 in the last 22 games.
Key players like Troy Terry and newcomer Leo Karlsson are wounded, making an already challenging season even more complicated. Among their Russian defenders, Mintyukov stands out with 2 goals and 16 assists in 37 games, whilst Lyubushkin has contributed 4 assists in an equal number of matches. Anaheim is hopeful for an improved performance to break their losing streak, but prospects remain uncertain.
On the other hand, the Winnipeg Jets have been delivering stellar performances, holding the second position in the Central Division. Their achievements since the start of December include 13 victories with just 2 losses. The team recently pulled off a win over the San Jose Sharks with a score of 2:1, extending their winning streak to four matches. In the recent games, Vladislav Namestnikov had three passes but didn't manage to score in the last match.
The Jets' success is largely attributed to goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, who has conceded two or fewer goals in most of the recent matches. Dominic Toninato also contributes to the team's success, scoring the deciding goal against Minnesota. The team showcases excellent performance, scoring in 14 out of 15 matches and winning 11.
Other players have also delivered: Gabriel Vilardi scored 6 goals after returning from injury, and Nikolaj Ehlers added 4 goals and 11 passes. Going forward to the next game against Anaheim, given Hellebuyck’s involvement in the previous game, the Jets will potentially rely on Laurent Brossoit which could cast an advantage to the Ducks. Despite losing to San Jose in the last 10 games, the Sharks gave the Jets a run for their money by getting the first goal of the match, although goals from Morgan Barron and Vilardi eventually handed Winnipeg the victory.
In past meetings between Anaheim and Winnipeg, the Jets have claimed victory in 7 consecutive matches. In the last match taking place 11th December 2023, Winnipeg came out on top with a score of 4:2. Previously, on 24th March 2023, the Jets also won with the score of 3:2. On 4th December 2022, the game ended with a Jets victory scoring 3:2 and on 18th November 2022, Winnipeg again triumphed over the Ducks with a 5:2 score.
The Jets have been in prime form, winning 3 consecutive games, and 2 out of the last 3 away games. Their attacking prowess was manifested in the scoring of 11 pucks in the last three meetings. The team also shows effectiveness during the majority of the game, realizing 17% of their chances. On the flip side, the Ducks have been successfully nullifying 80% of the opponent's penalty time, but their defence raises questions as they've admitted 11 goals in the last 3 home games. This could pose challenges for Anaheim in the upcoming encounter. The Ducks suffered defeats in the last 3 home games, facing challenges in their attack and scoring only 3 pucks. I'm backing Winnipeg.