Saturday, November 12, 2011

Game #17: Jets @ Jackets

Last time these two teams met was in the pre-season during a split-squad game that had one half of the Jets delighting the MTS Centre while the other half struggled in Ohio.

Now seventeen games into the 2011-12 season, the Winnipeg Jets (5-8-3) find themselves in a much better position than the ex-Jet/ex-Moose Scott Arniel coached Columbus Blue Jackets (2-12-1).

The Jackets have started out November with three big losses - 4-1 to Toronto, 9-2 to Philadelphia, and 6-3 to Chicago.

The team's only two wins came against Detroit 4-1 on October 25th at home and against Anaheim 3-1 on October 30th at home.

While the Jackets started out the season with losses in many one or two goal games, the trend hasn't improved to wins and the Jackets sit with only five points through 15 games.

The Jets, meanwhile, are coming off their fourth straight loss on Thursday night - a 5-2 loss at home to Florida.

While the team did score two goals against the Panthers, they did both come in the third period when the game was already 4-0. Panther's forward Kris Versteeg was able to score more goals that night than the entire Jets lineup.

So far, the Jets are 1-2-2 in November.

The Jets are faring a 3-5-3 road record while the Jackets have a 2-5-1 home record.

They are tied with the Carolina Hurricanes for 14th with 13 points, five points out of a playoff spot and only two points in front of the New York Islanders.

Game time is 6:00 PM CT and available on CBC's Hockey Night In Canada.

Photo Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports & Getty Images

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