Not Your Grandpa’s Jets

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Detroit faces the Jets for the first time since their relocation from Atlanta, and we should look no further beyond that. This Jets team does bare the same moniker, but is in no way, shape, or form the same Jets team that Detroit eliminated from the playoffs in 1996, or stole Kris Draper from for a dollar. That Jets team is the one we just pummeled Thursday night.

For notes on the Red Wings and Thrashers Jets click the jump

I want to bash the Jets, but I just can’t seem to bring myself to do so. The fans are so happy to have hockey back that they don’t care what the outcome is, all they know is hockey is back in the great white north and they love it. That’s not to say there is any hate, but that just stems from Byfuglien and Ladd’s association with the Blackhawks. I hate anything with even the slightest degree of connection to the Hawks, Evander Kane might even get some hate just for sharing the surname with 20-cent

I went to Arctic Ice Hockey to try and get some ammo, but they were just so nice. Their game breakdown consisted of complimenting Detroit for having great goaltending, top defenders, and scoring depth. They even picked us to win!

Detroit is coming of a nice 5-2 win over the Coyotes that saw some of the hatred from the last two seasons start to creep back. Check Twig’s recap for more.

The Jets top line of Evander Kane, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler are the main reason for the teams current 4-game win streak. Kane has scored 9 goals in his last 10 games and is on pace for 45 this season, while Wheeler has 11 points (2 G, 9A) over that same time span. If Detroit wants to win this game, they need to find a way to contain this top line.

• Detroit is 9-4-0 all-time vs WPG/ATL
• Detroit is 5-2-0 all-time vs WPG/ATL on home ice
• Detroit currently ranks 2nd in the NHL in both SOG/game (34.4) and SOG against/game (27.4)
• Detroit currently leads the NHL in home wins (11) and is T-2nd in home ice goals (52)
• Detroit is 4-1-0 vs Canadian-based teams this season
• Detroit is 62-3-4 the last 69 times they’ve scored 4+ goals in a game

• Detroit is 5-3-2 all-time in their first game against a recently-relocated franchise:
Pittsburgh/Philadelphia: 5-1 W, Nov. 16, 1930
Ottawa/St. Louis: 4-1 W, Nov. 25, 1934
California/Cleveland: 5-2 W, Nov. 19, 1976
Kansas City/Colorado: 6-4 L, Jan. 2, 1977
Atlanta/Calgary: 4-1 W, Jan. 10, 1981
Colorado/New Jersey: 1-1 T, Nov. 6, 1982
Minnesota/Dallas: 6-4 L, Oct. 5, 1993
Quebec/Colorado: 3-2 L, Oct. 6, 1995
Winnipeg/Phoenix: 2-2 T, Nov. 18, 1996
Hartford/Carolina: 4-2 W, Oct. 18, 1997

• Jimmy Howard currently leads the NHL in wins (16) and ranks 3rd in GAA (1.89), T-8th in SV% (.930) and T-2nd in SO (3)
• Johan Franzen is currently T-1st in the NHL in both PPG (8) and GWG (5)
• Pavel Datsyuk’s next point will tie him with Walter Tkaczuk for 223rd place in NHL history (678)
• Nick Kronwall is currently T-5th the NHL in blocked shots (72)
• Tomas Holmstrom’s next PPG will give him sole possession of 4th place in Detroit team history (currently tied with Sergei Fedorov, 117)
• Nick Lidstrom currently leads all NHL defensemen in home ice scoring (14GP-6G-8-14P) and is T-2nd in home plus/minus (+11)
• Nick Lidstrom has skated in 191 consecutive regular season games (longest active streak on DET)
• Nick Lidstrom is 3 points behind Bernie Federko for 50th place in NHL history (1130)
• Ian White currently ranks 2nd amongst NHL defensemen in plus/minus (+15) and leads all NHL D with a home ice rating of +13
• Jonathan Ericsson played in the 100th game of his career on 11/24/10 at ATL
• Henrik Zetterberg has tallied 5G-9A-14P in his last 12 Saturday home games
• Henrik Zetterberg’s next point will tie him with Petr Klima and Jim. Pappin for 316th place in NHL history (573)
• Henrik Zetterberg posted first career multipoint game with two assists 2/15/03 at ATL

Here are the projected lines for tonight’s game.

9 Evander Kane – 18 Bryan Little – 26 Blake Wheeler
16 Andrew Ladd – 80 Nik Antropov – 13 Kyle Wellwood
15 Tanner Glass – 19 Jim Slater – 8 Alexander Burmistrov
41 Jason Jaffray – 14 Tim Stapleton – 22 Chris Thorburn

5 Mark Stuart – 4 Zach Bogosian
29 Johnny Oduya – 33 Dustin Byfuglien
12 Randy Jones – 36 Mark Flood

31 Ondrej Pavelec

Red Wings
93 Johan Franzen – 13 Pavel Datsyuk – 44 Todd Bertuzzi
51 Valtteri Filppula – 40 Henrik Zetterberg – 26 Jiri Hudler
11 Danny Cleary – 43 Darren Helm – 41 Chris Conner
20 Drew Miller – 8 Justin Abdelkader – 96 Tomas Holmstrom

5 Nicklas Lidstrom – 18 Ian White
55 Niklas Kronwall – 52 Jonathan Ericsson
23 Brad Stuart – 4 Jakub Kindl

35 Jimmy Howard

Let’s throw all the Thrasher and old Jets garbage out the window. This is a new team, with new fans. So here is to new beginnings and hopefully the start of a new rivalry. We will be seeing you plenty next year