New York Islanders vs. Winnipeg Jets - 11/27/13
Winnipeg Jets (11-11-4) at New York Islanders (8-13-3)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders -136 / Winnipeg Jets +124 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
After losing four straight games and embarking on a lengthy road trip it was imperative for the Winnipeg Jets to get off to a good start. That's exactly what the Jets did on Monday night as they went into New Jersey and came up with a big victory against the Devils. Ondrej Pavelec made 25 saves and Evander Kane scored the game winning goal as the Jets held on for a 3-1 win. Mark Scheifele got the Jets on the board with just his second goal of the season. Winnipeg will need more production from Scheifele if they want to compete for a playoff spot this season. The youngster has a ton of ability but just hasn't been able to hit his stride for the Jets yet this season. Devin Setoguchi finished the scoring with an empty net goal that sealed the win. Winnipeg managed just 22 shots in the game but they didn't allow much defensively after they took the lead. Now the Jets head to Long Island before traveling to Philadelphia and Madison Square Garden and then off to Florida to finish the trip. The Jets will be taking on an Islanders club whose quick start to the year seems like a distant memory at this point. New York has lost three straight games, seven of nine in the month of November, and now stands at 8-13-3 on the season. Kevin Poulin has not been the answer in net in Evgeni Nabokov's absence. New York has allowed 18 goals over the last four games and there just isn't any team in this league that is going to win games consistently when allowing that many goals. The schedule doesn't get any easier for New York the rest of the month with match ups against the Red Wings, Capitals, Penguins, Blues, Ducks, Sharks, Coyotes, and Canadiens all on the schedule. That's the type of stretch that can ruin a season for the team like the Islanders if they aren't able to shore things up on the back end. A win against the Jets on Wednesday is an absolute must for a desperate Islanders club.
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