Red Wings-Jets Preview
The last time the Detroit Red Wings visited Winnipeg, they
completed a sweep of a four-game trip.
Over 17 years later, they’re looking to do it again.
The Red Wings look to finish off a perfect trip Monday night and
send the Jets to a fourth straight loss.
Detroit (9-4-2) is making its first trip to Winnipeg since March
10, 1996, when they defeated the Jets 5-2. That franchise
eventually moved to Phoenix to become the Coyotes, and the Red
Wings are 10-4-0 against the latest iteration of the Jets, who
relocated from Atlanta two years ago.
Detroit defeated them 7-1 at home Dec. 10, 2011, but didn’t make
the scheduled return to Winnipeg last season due to the truncated
schedule created by the lockout.
Winning this visit would make the Red Wings perfect on this
swing through Canada after defeating Edmonton 5-0 on Saturday.
Coach Mike Babcock was pleased with the performance after his team
squandered an early two-goal lead before emerging with a 4-3
victory at Calgary a day earlier.
“We controlled the game and played well. We wanted to play three
periods, not two like we did (Friday),” Babcock told the NHL’s
Darren Helm scored the opening goal Saturday in his season debut
and just his second game since March 2012 due to a series of
“Helmer gives a huge dimension of talent that we can take
advantage of if he is healthy,” Babcock said. “He can be dominant.
To see him do what he did (Saturday), I thought he played very
Petr Mrazek needed to make only 14 saves to earn his first NHL
shutout in his third career game and first appearance of the
Jimmy Howard figures to be back in net for Detroit after
stopping 22 shots against the Flames. He is 2-0-1 with a 2.27 GAA
over his last three games since being pulled in the first period of
a 6-1 loss to Ottawa on Oct. 23 after allowing three goals on the
first eight shots.
He would be facing a Winnipeg team that ranks near the bottom of
the league with 2.20 goals per game. The Jets have particularly
struggled during a 1-4-2 stretch, totaling 14 goals while their
only victory came 2-1 in a shootout at Dallas on Oct. 26.
Winnipeg allowed five unanswered goals in a 5-1 loss to visiting
Chicago on Saturday.
Ondrej Pavelec is growing frustrated after yielding four goals
on 14 shots, getting pulled after giving up the third goal of the
second period at 5:49.
“I’m frustrated,” Pavelec told the team’s official website.
“They showed us how to play. It’s a really good team. We played a
really good first period, and then we slowed down and couldn’t
catch them. The last two periods were just embarrassing.
“Everybody expects the goalie to make the saves, and I wasn’t
able to make those saves.”
Pavelec is 2-1-0 with a 2.98 GAA in three starts against
Detroit. He surrendered seven goals on Dec. 10, 2011, and one
combined in the other two meetings.
Bryan Little leads the Jets with seven goals and 11 points, but
was held pointless Saturday. The center has three goals and two
assists in five career games against Detroit.