Mikko Koivu’s last-minute scratch hurt the last lineup, but the group did plenty of damage elsewhere.
An optimist would point to our wingers, a trio of forwards all notching goals on Saturday night (Okposo, Forsberg, Gaborik) behind some pretty swell research. Filip Forsberg saw all but zero shots to the net the previous two contests before sailing the rubber behind Dallas’s Kari Lehtonen. That’s unforeseeable and you can’t predict it. I’ll take it, though!
A Monday NHL schedule in turn has me pinpointed on a lone game where I’ll stack a few players from each team: Winnipeg-Minnesota.
C Anze Kopitar (LAK) $5,900
Before we unravel the script of why we bode for a high-scoring affair in the Xcel Energy Center, we begin the night by sliding the Los Angeles’s center into our lineup.
Upon watching the Jets dismantle Eddie Lack and the Canucks Saturday. the netminder constantly let his guard down in terms of the middle of the ice.
Stempniak, Tlusty, Scheifele, I mean, they just manhandled Vancouver’s crease all day long. LA. Playoffs. Wins. Need. Kopitar.
C Mark Scheifele (WPG) $4,700
Ah, and look who we have here.
For starters, the two Central Division teams have rendezvoused four times this season. Slice that in half and you have two previous high-scoring games, and two 2-1 nail biters; both meetings in Minny have gone over the posted total of 5.5 (Vegas nerd over here).
Winnipeg has been more than accustomed to barn burners. In their most recent six contests the Jets and their opponent have sounded the horn five or more occasions combined.
W Drew Stafford (WPG) $4,200
Here’s the second link to our Winnipeg chain.
Stafford comes over in the Kane trade and now offers another offensive threat on the second line with Scheifele and Wheeler.
The Ladds and Littles in navy sweaters headline the majority of highlight reels, but the second line’s been holding their weight recently.
W Nino Niederreiter (MIN) $4,000
Whether this choice sprouts from myself being a bit biased, I’ll be the initial human to admit I love El Niño.
The 22-year old Swiss winger has nearly doubled his goal tally from a year ago (Avs fans can recall Nino’s top-shelf cookies from Game 7), and I’m going to trickle down to Minnesota’s second line as well.
W Chris Stewart (MIN) $3,700
Niederreiter’s linemate marks yet another ex-Sabre (why’s everyone darting from Buff-oh yeah….) that will cross paths with our roster, and this one doesn’t come with a manual: simply stack.
D Tyler Myers (WPG) $4,300
Since I’m piling up Jets skaters, it’d be absurd to miss out on Tyler Myers.
Byfuglien’s suspension still extends to the latter half of the week, Myers picking up upwards of 27:00 on Saturday.
Offensive defenseman. Oxy-moron? Nope, just awesome.
D Ryan Suter (MIN) $4,300
You’ll notice Ryan Suter‘s résumé isn’t chocked full of goals, but that may be a bit more deceiving than we think.
Hockey 101: to score goals, you must shoot the puck. Am I right? Of course I’m right.
Anything can happen when the rubber meets the crease: redirections, bounces, deflections, etc. Suter just simply can’t buy luck in 2015.
Eight goals on 150 shots a season ago, the defenseman carries only two on 145 this year.
G Jonathan Quick (LAK) $8,500
Stakes. High. Quick.
UTIL Logan Couture (SJS) $9,000
Hard not to like Couture in San Jose’s matchup with Dallas: the Ontario-born center’s racked up six games with 4-plus shots on net in the past eight alone.