Tonight, the Winnipeg Jets get a chance to avenge their loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who dashed the Jets’ playoff hopes last Saturday. Steven Stamkos was the hero in that game, notching his 56th goal of the season with an overtime winner. Stamkos, who currently has 59, will definitely be gunning for 60, so the Jets have an opportunity to spoil that in game 82.
The Jets are coming off a 5-4 loss on the road to the New York Islanders and hope to finish on a high note at home. At one point, the Jets trailed 2-0, but battled back only to come up short. It’s been a common theme this season in both wins and losses. Maybe tonight Winnipeg will build an early lead for a change.
Knowing that tonight is the final home game, I’m excited to see how amped the MTS Centre crowd will be. It’s been loud and raucous all season long as it should be, but tonight’s game will mean a little bit more since the Jets won’t be back until the fall.
Winnipeg fans should expect nothing short of a spirited effort from their team tonight, even though this game means nothing in terms of standings or the playoffs. The Jets know they’ll be skating in a playoff atmosphere against a division rival in their own barn. Neither team has anything to lose and last week’s game had its chippy moments, so we should see a pretty good game.
Evander Kane reached the 30-goal plateau when the Jets beat the Florida Panthers on Tuesday and Andrew Ladd can hit that mark if he scores a pair today. It would also be great to see Ondrej Pavelec finish on a high note, as he has been a workhorse who’s had his ups and downs this season.
Even though it’s a “meaningless” game there will be a lot to look for in tonight’s game and a lot to look forward to as the organization moves forward.