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The beginning of the last road trip of the season for the Pittsburgh Penguins takes them to Winnpeg, so we preview the game tonight against the Jets.

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Credit to the graphic, as always, to Jason Seidling from the Pittsburgh Penguins.


The last and only other time the Penguins and Winnipeg Jets met was back on January 5th, with the Penguins winning a wild 6-5 afternoon game with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal each scoring two goals and grabbing an assists.

Old friend Eric Tangradi has 3 goals and 3 assists in 50 games this year. Ondrej Pavelec has been horrible as of late, and backup Al Montoya has played more recently. The Jets have had another entirely mediocre season. A 34-33-10 record is worth 78 points in 77 games. They're about as good on the road (17-18-4) as they are at home (17-15-6).

Their power play is below average (24th in the league) but their PK is a little above average (9th). The Jets get a lot of shots on goal (10th best in the league) but they also are in the bottom half of the league in shots allowed (18th).

Playing a wide-open style is something the Jets and Penguins have done frequently in recent years- since the beginning of the 2011-12 season, Pittsburgh is 5-2-0 versus Winnipeg scoring 32 goals (4.57 per game) to 21 (3.0) for Winnipeg.