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THE BIG MATCHUPPatrik Laine vs Ivan ProvorovThe Winnipeg Jets sniper is on an incredible heater, chipping in 14 goals and 20 points during a 10 game point streak and he expected to see plenty of the mobile blue liner on Saturday. Provorov is up to 12 goals and 32 points in his second NHL season, but he also taking on the responsibility of some tough match ups and Laine qualifies in that department.
Keys to the gameA is for appleSaturday matchup features three of the top passers in the NHL. Going into Friday action, Jets captain Blake Wheeler and Flyers forwards Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek were all tied for top spot in assists (with 57). This trio is dangerous both at even strength and on the power play and their ability to distribute the puck is exceptional.
Beware of ByfuglienBy chipping in an assist in Thursday 3 2 win over the New Jersey Devils, Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien is up to three goals and 17 points in the 17 games since Jacob Trouba left the lineup with an ankle injury. He been producing points and playing a sound defensive game.
PK getting it doneThe Jets have continued to creep up the rankings for penalty killing efficiency. And by killing off 20 consecutive minors on the road,
the Jets are up to eighth overall (82.7%) and sixth on the road (82.9) while playing shorthanded. The Jets have also managed to score six shorthanded goals, which leaves them tied for 13th in the NHL in that category.
Keep an eye on CouturierFlyers centre Sean Couturier has continued his emergence as a top flight forward. After being best known for his ability to check and frustrate skilled opponents, the eighth overall pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, has exploded offensively after being promoted to the top line, already setting career highs for goals (29) and points (62), with 13 more games to go.
Patrick heating upFollowing a bit of a slow offensive start at least for his standards Winnipegger Nolan Patrick has picked up his production during the second half of the season. By picking up at least a point in eight of his past 11 games,
the second overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft is up to 10 goals and 22 points in 59 games this season and is averaging 13:22 of ice time.