Upcoming games: Jets, January 24, 7:00 p.m.; All Star Weekend in Ottawa (January 26-29)
Winnipeg Jets (50 points, 10th place, 22-20-6)
The Rangers are 2-0 against the Jets this season. They won 2-1 in Winnipeg back in October and 3-0 on November 6 at Madison Square Garden. The Jets were defeated 4-3 in a shootout against the Florida Panthers on Saturday. Forward Nik Antropov scored two goals while Alexander Burmistrov netted the game-tying goal in the third period to help the Jets to overtime for a point. Antropov has five points in his last three games. The former Ranger with a knack for listlessness was recently fined $2,500 by the NHL on Friday for boarding Buffalo defenseman T.J. Brennan on Thursday night. Winger Blake Wheeler leads the team with 33 points and a +7 while the youthful Evander Kane has netted 18 goals. Wheeler recently returned to the lineup after a scary neck injury sent him to the hospital and kept him out for a couple of games. After a Petr Sykora slapshot, the puck slammed him near the throat in a game against the Devils last week. The captain Andrew Ladd leads by example with hardworking chip-ins on ice and has scored 16 goals on the season, four of which being game winners. Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has been shaky at best. He is 16-16-6 with a 2.83 goals against average. They are 3-6-1 in their last ten games and 7-12-1 on the road.
All Star Weekend in Ottawa (January 26-29)
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was named assistant captain to Daniel Alfredsson’s team and will help him select the players from the fantasy draft on Thursday night. He’ll be able to coax him into selecting Ranger teammates Dan Girardi and Marian Gaborik, also named to the All Star player pool. Coach John Tortorella will coach Team Alfredsson along with Todd McLellan of the San Jose Sharks.
All Star Player Fantasy Draft, January 26, 8:00 p.m.
All Star Skills Competition, January 28, 7:00 p.m.
All Star Game, January 29, 4:00 p.m.