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Jets look to keep flying vs. Blackhawks

From FOX Sports - January 11, 2018

CHICAGOThe Winnipeg Jets will go for their fourth win in a row when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night at the United Center.

Winnipeg (26-11-7) has scored 15 goals in its past three games and leads the Western Conference with 151 goals this season. The outburst of offense has propelled the Jets to first place in the Central Division as they seek their second playoff appearance since relocating from Atlanta before the start of the 2011-12 season.

Meanwhile, Chicago (21-16-6) is hoping for a bounce-back performance after opening a six-game homestand with a 2-1 loss against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night. The Blackhawks have slipped out of the top eight spots in the conference and hope to collect as many points as possible before a five-day break between games next week.

All these games are huge, Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane said to the Chicago Tribune. Its easy to look at the schedule and the standings and say, OK, if we do this or that, we could be in good position, but we have to take it one game at a time, see how many points we can get.

Chicago will try to find a way to slow down Jets captain Blake Wheeler, who has at least one point in each of his past seven games. Wheeler is one of six players on the Jets who have scored double-digit goals this season.

Forwards Patrick Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers have 19 goals apiece to lead the team.

For the Blackhawks, Kane leads the way with 45 points (18 goals, 27 assists) in 43 games. He has performed well against Winnipeg throughout his career with 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 24 contests.

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