The Winnipeg Jets will face off against the Chicago Blackhawks, the current leader of the Central Division of the Western Conference, next Tuesday evening at the United Center in Chicago. The Jets have been playing exceedingly well of late, good enough to get them into prime playoff position, but they’ll have a stern test on their hands with the Blackhawks. Chicago currently leads all but one team in the NHL in points and has the highest goal differential on the season.
The Blackhawks have won ten out of their past eleven games, disposing of Western Conference leaders Anaheim and Los Angeles (both on the road) as well as the Boston Bruins. And the scary thought is that the overwhelming majority of those games were not competitive with the goal differential being 37-20.
Chicago is led by Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews who have combined for twenty-seven goals and thirty-three assists on the season and a combined +/- of sixteen. The duo are hardly the only players that the jets will have to prepare for, however, as twelve players on the Blackhawks roster have double digit points on the season.
Jets fans in Chicago will not find cheap tickets available, though it’s probably easier to get in the door than it is in Winnipeg. According to TiqIQ.com, the average ticket price for Jets vs. Blackhawks is currently $322 with a get-in price of $121. Chicago parking from ParkWhiz near the United Center starts at $10, though you can find cheaper spots in the city. Navy Pier parking starts at $8, but you’d be much further away from the arena so you’d have to find a way to get to the building. If you looking to take in the whole city for a day, however, it’s the cheapest option available.
The Jets will look to prove to themselves and their fans that they are the real deal this season, and a win against Chicago would do just that. If they can get the two points on the road, Winnipeg will have proven that they are a legitimate contender in 2015.